Monthly Archives: November 2014


Well I don’t know about the beer, Isabelle, but Chuckles


is REALLY One Sad Sack of Shit.

Salon: “The Washington Post said the book is “all microscope and zero telescope” in your focus on individual White House decisions. Do you think you could have connected the dots better, or is the Post missing the point of the book?”

Chuckles: “I wrote a book about Obama in Washington — his battle to change Washington. It’s going to be insular. That’s the nature of it.”

President Obama feels otherwise.

Shopping at a Washington, DC, bookstore Saturday, President Obama spotted a copy of “Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd’s new book about his presidency.
“Oh, Chuck Todd!” Obama exclaimed. “Let’s see what Chuck has to say here!”
“How is he writing a book already? asked his 16-year-old daughter, Malia. “Sad.”
“He’s just sad,” the president joked in response.

Salon: “Do you see Obama writing a Churchill-style multi-volume history of his White House years? Do you see him spending years bolstering his presidency, or will he move on to other things?”

Chuckles:”I think he likes writing and will look for opportunities to do that. I don’t expect him to write multiple books that are attempts to defend his legacy. If he writes multiple books, they’ll be more in the Nixon style — different topics where he has some expertise. I wouldn’t be surprised if he became a columnist somewhere.”

Salon:”Writing 800-word Op-Ed columns?”

Chuckles”I wouldn’t be surprised if he found a place where he could write a monthly column. Who was the last president to do that — ”

Salon: “You got me.”

Chuckles: “I’ll put it this way: If he chose another career, I think he would be a David Brooks.”




We all doubtless remember Our Miss Brooks’ insight and sensitivity when he wrote of the Egyptian people –

Right now, as Walter Russell Mead of Bard College put it, there are large populations across the Middle East who feel intense rage and comprehensive dissatisfaction with the status quo but who have no practical idea how to make things better…
It’s not that Egypt doesn’t have a recipe for a democratic transition. It seems to lack even the basic mental ingredients.

Oh they’ve got the “ingredients” alright. Don’t they Steve ?