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President Barack Obama waves to the audience at Dobson High
School in Mesa. Feb. 18, 2009.
Mark J. Scarp is a contributing columnist for the Tribune. Reach him at email@example.com.
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Your first paragraph and your last remind me of a conversation filmed by C-Span with Janet Brown (Executive Director of the Commission on Presidential Debates) and a panel of interested persons who came together to share ideas about how to make the presidential debates more interesting, more productive, better in general. At the end of this conversation, Ms Brown shared a story. She said that in 1988 she was trying to organize a televised presidential debate through a major network, the problem was that she wanted to schedule the debates during the summer Olympics. (This debate would have been between George Bush Sr and Dukakis, I believe.) She said, “faster than I could ask the question the answer was NO.” Janet Brown is a small framed woman, you might at first glance think of her as a frail negligible person, but she persisted. She said the Commission called the network again with the idea that a reasonable option might be to schedule the kayaking games for a later time, “NO” was the response. The Commission for Debates had only organized the year before and Ms Brown was not ready to concede failure. Once more, she called, this time interjecting her only leverage, if the network could not schedule a debate to be heard at a reasonable hour, then she would contact someone on “the hill”. “Oh all right” the network responded grudgingly. Ms. Brown met with a “delegation of suits” who “lectured her for an hour on the economics of the Olympics.” To end, a lawyer who sat across the room appearing to be weighted down by over-sized gold rings, cuff links, watches on both wrists, more than one gold tie bars and glasses that hung ½ way down his nose said “ You know Ms Brown I don’t think you know that the Olympics only happen once every four years.”
Mark – I believe it’s called Capitalism.
If you want to watch Janet Brown tell her story you can see it here: http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/PresidentialDebates16 start near 48:48
Every time Barry Soreto touches something, it turns to *#@^! Pleeeease, mr liberal-minded, Israel snubbing, muslim brotherhood loving, illegal sanctifying, fake birth certificate providing, stolen SS# giving, socialist advising, I won't release my college transcripts, saul alinsky/bernadine dorme community activists associating mr president-----Arizona is trying to climb out of the mire of your failed policys. Please stay away!!!
Yes, Mark, Tuesday evening and then Wednesday will be interesting days!
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