Archive for September 2008

Paul Newman

September 28th, 2008 — 12:33pm

I met Paul Newman for 8 seconds back in 1995. I was the publicist for Mario Andretti’s autobiography, “Andretti,” and was at his last race in PA. Paul Newman, owner of the racing team Newman-Haas, and a close friend of Andretti’s, was there too.

I was walking by a trailer when suddenly the door swung open and there was Paul Newman.

It’s true what they say about his eyes — they’re that blue. But what I saw in that 8 seconds was an acute¬† intelligence, great humanity, and more than a little humor.

In his obituary in today’s New York Times, here’s what he has to say: “The trick of living is to slip on and off the planet with the least fuss you can muster. I’m not running for sainthood. I just happen to think that in life we need to be a little like the farmer, who puts back into the soil what he takes out.”

Amen Mr. Newman. Rest in peace.

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Campbell Brown – "Free Sarah Palin!"

September 24th, 2008 — 6:20pm

This video of Campbell Brown on Sarah Palin was just too good to miss.

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The Country I Used to Live In

September 23rd, 2008 — 5:14pm

I spoke with an editor friend today. A segment on yoga, which was supposed to air on NBC Nightly News and included one of our contributors was bumped. It was easy to see why — Wall Street’s meltdown, the upcoming election. A lot of news happening right now — most of it pretty bad.

As bad as the last eight years. “Whatever happened to the country we used to live in,” I asked her?

Bush has done so much damage, that country seems irretrievably gone.

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Sarah Palin on GMA

September 12th, 2008 — 11:28am

Be very afraid.

The GMA interview with Charles Gibson and Sarah Palin was painful. She was condescending, insincere — sounding like a windup toy fed an overdose of soundbites, but most important, she was unprepared — for the interview, much less the vice presidency.

I don’t care if she’s female, white, black, green or martian, she is not ready to be president.

For a trenchant review of Palin’s GMA interview, read Joan Walsh’s piece in Salon —

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Palin – Take 2

September 1st, 2008 — 12:47pm

It’s as if the wrath of God had descended on the Republican party. First, Gustav blows the Republican convention off the map (though it provides a convenient excuse for the President to skip the convention). And today we learn that Sarah Palin’s 17 year old daughter is pregnant.

Whatever McCain’s campaign says, I do not believe he knew about the pregnancy. I also agree with McCain – it is a private family matter. But that’s not the point.

What does this say about McCain’s judgment?¬† The vetting process was obviously rushed, and now seems like an imploding disaster. Is this the person anyone wants to have his finger on the button?

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