Have you seen this viral video of three little girls building a Rube Goldberg-style “Princess Machine”? It was made by GoldieBlox, which is trying to encourage a love of math and engineering by designing construction toys “from the female perspective.”Read More
I’m giving a workshop for diplomats on speechwriting, with material I’ve used dozens of times. But this first day hasn’t gone well in Hanoi.
Yes, Hanoi, capital of Vietnam, the country that once consumed me and my friends, then mostly left our minds in 1975, shortly after Marine helicopters lifted the last refugees and Americans off the roof of the US embassy. The country that in the past four decades has tripled in population, reduced poverty, and, not without missteps, created a nimble hybrid of communism and capitalism that’s brought 6 percent economic growth a year since 2000.Read More »
The numerous and lengthy retrospectives on the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination last week omitted a detail that is of particular interest to speechwriters, and one that should make us proud. On that terrible November 22nd, it was a speechwriter who helped to calm a distraught nation and smooth the transition of power from JFK to our new president, Lyndon Johnson.Read More »
So where are we in the Iran narrative?
I mean no disrespect to the victims of Iran’s terrorist clients, or the existential fears of Israelis and world Jewry, or U.S. security interests in the Middle East by calling it a narrative. Real events do happen in the real world, but people can’t help trying to fit them into larger stories. We love to connect the dots. Storytelling isn’t some atavistic remnant of our pre-scientific past; it’s how our brains are hardwired.Read More »
I know the Republicans are delirious with joy over the possibility that the confounding and disastrous rollout of the Affordable Healthcare Act could swing enough votes to have them capture both the House and Senate in 2014. What I do not know is the eventual outcome of the health care program as it rights itself from its capsized start.Read More »
Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address is the most famous speech in American history. It is a speech that virtually all Americans have heard of, and that more than a few of us know by heart. And yet on this, its 150th anniversary, how well do we really know it?Read More »
Thank you. It’s been six weeks since the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s new marketplace has been open for business. And business is booming!Read More »
It’s only a matter of time before a Sarah Palin names these death rocks “Obamacare asteroids.” A Ted Cruz also will liken Obamacare to an asteroid, assuring us Obamacare has a 100 percent chance of causing Armageddon. Some concern troll will say that the beleaguered White House “needs a Bruce Willis” to rescue it from losing the Senate and seeing its legacy repealed.Read More »