Thursday, July 23, 2015

What We Missed All These Years: A Discussion

Jon Stewart and President Obama, both in their final laps, meet the other night on The Daily Show.  I wish everyone could have seen it.
Just 2 guys sitting around bullshitting.
The first 1/3 was the basic sell for the Iran Deal in a way that made sense (I thought - but I already buy it), but that wasn't the great thing for me.
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For me, it was the second 2/3s of the show.  Where two very intelligent guys put down their personas a bit and talked about politics, politicians and the media.  And, with nothing to lose, they didn't do it to score points.  Stewart retires in a few weeks and President Obama retires in 18 months.  And these gentlemen didn't have to keep up appearances.
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President Obama discussed the use of "talking points" in a way that was intelligent - and Stewart pushed back when it was overdone.
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It wasn't a softball interview - because no one was selling.  And it wasn't a hard hitting interview, because there wasn't much disagreement basically.  But it was intelligent conversation about the state of affairs in America and it was cool.  It was positive and uplifting.
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Hindsight is 20/20, so I will forsake the "maybe if"s and the "if only"s.

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