The 44 Presidents

This is a pretty cool video showing the 44 Presidents in under four minutes. The photos morph from one to the next in order.

A great op-ed piece from David Gergen, A Deepening Leadership Crisis

A Deepening Leadership Crisis – David Gergen
This is a really insightful post of the lack of trust amongst the leadership of our country today.  Not only a trust in our President, but trust in the leadership of all levels of government and most of the private sector.

Where will our next great leader come from?  Is it one of the candidates running for President? Is there someone else out there?

We need a great leader to come forward.  I hope they come soon, because we definitely need it.

“Diamonds v. Pearls” Student Blasts CNN (Updated With CNN Response)

Marc Ambinder (November 16, 2007) – “Diamonds v. Pearls” Student Blasts CNN (Updated With CNN Response)
Well CNN is throwing softballs and controlling debates these days.  Not a good thing for a media company to be doing.  It seems to me that they are censuring or controlling questions that can be asked.

The media should be there to provoke thought and discussion, not control what people are going to ask.  This question is ridiculous and should never have been asked.

CNN should know better.  They are now trying to blame the college student.  Yeah she submitted the question and who is not going to turn down a chance to be on national television.

They should have thrown that question out.  They need the public to ask the hard questions so we can get to the real issues and stances of the Presidential candidates.

Hilary Clinton campaign plants questions during town hall meeting

At a town hall meeting at a stop at a biodiesel plant on November 6.  Clinton campaign staff spoke with people in the audience about questions and planted questions they should ask.
Grinnel College student Muriel Gallo-Chasanoff, some of the questions from the audience were planned in advance. “They were canned,” she said. Before the event began, a Clinton staff member approached Gallo-Chasanoff to ask a specific question after Clinton’s speech. “One of the senior staffers told me what [to ask].” (source: Scarlet and Black, Grinnel College)

This is totally unacceptable.  Campaigns should not be planting questions.  But in these tightly controlled campaigns these days, campaigns are trying to script everything.

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