Charm and disarm

Transkript des Press Briefings vom 22. Juli 2010:

MR. GIBBS: Mr. Feller.

Q Thanks, Robert. A few questions following up on Shirley Sherrod. Just a point of order, in the statement —

MR. GIBBS: Point of order?

Q Point of order.

MR. GIBBS: Okay. (Laughter.) Is there a parliamentarian for Ben’s point of order?

Q I cede my time to the gentleman from the Associated Press. (Laughter.)

Q The statement says —

MR. GIBBS: If there are no objections — go ahead, I’m sorry.

Q Thank you. The President expressed to Ms. Sherrod his regret. Is it accurate to say that he apologized, personally apologized?

MR. GIBBS: Yes, yes.

Q Okay. Thank you, the point of order.

MR. GIBBS: Reclaiming your time?

Q Reclaiming the time. Did he lobby for her to take her job back —


The West Wing, Staffel 6, „The Hubbert Peak“:

TOBY: Are you trying to get fired?

ANNABETH: I’m trying to help you. That Mencken line this morning was funny. No one laughed ‚cause you
flung it at them.

TOBY: Briefing the press isn’t a seduction, it’s war.

ANNABETH: What C.J. did for seven years wasn’t combat. It was charm and disarm.

TOBY: Just draft the release.

ANNABETH: Smart and funny. Seduce them. Worked on your wife.

TOBY: We’re divorced.

ANNABETH: Living with you’s a whole nother ballgame. I get that already.

Watching Television for the Internet Age

Drüben bei Slashdot machen sie sich Gedanken über Judicial Nominations In the Internet Age.

Ein interessanter Debattenbeitrag zum Thema stammt aus dem Jahr 1999, als Josiah Bartlet einen neuen Richter für das Supreme Court suchte, in der Serie The West Wing, Episode 9, Season 1.

SAM: It’s not about abortion. It’s about the next 20 years. Twenties and thirties, it was the role of government. Fifties and sixties, it was civil rights. The next two decades, it’s gonna be privacy. I’m talking about the Internet. I’m talking about cellphones. I’m talking about health records, and who’s gay and who’s not. And moreover, in a country born on a will to be free, what could be more fundamental than this?