Last week provided me with large doses of three of my favorite pastimes: politics, movies and sports.
The latest brouhaha in Washington comes curtesy of Michael Wolff’s explosive new book, "Fire and Fury." Apparently, there was so much chaos in the West Wing during the first nine months of this presidency, Wolff was granted extraordinary access to the Trump White House and produced a powerful tell-all account.
More interesting to me was our ability to be a fly on the wall at a partially-televised, bi-partisan meeting on Tuesday that the President convened to address the DACA dilemma and border security. Much is being made of all kinds of stuff that happened. But, I saw the president perhaps exhibiting one of the talking points of his campaign — something which attracted many voters — namely his ability to make deals.
He has never been an ideologue. He hasn’t exhibited the desire to establish policies of his own, for which he is often lambasted; but, maybe it’s a good thing. If he can be a neutral arbitrator and not be swayed ideologically one way or the other by either side of the aisle, it might just turn out to be a chink in the armor of partisanship. Wishful thinking? Only time will tell.
On the movie front — did you see the Golden Globes? Traditionally considered a “loosier-goosier” precursor to the Oscars, this year the broadcast was dominated by a very serious message. In a show of solidarity with the #MeToo movement, the room was awash with black-gowned beauties. While there were lots of jibes and fun-poking, the message of this movement came through loud and clear.
The highlight of the movement’s presence was a powerful, masterfully-delivered acceptance speech of the prestigious Cecil B. DeMille Award delivered by its recipient, Oprah Winfrey. So well-received, there is a genuine buzz about a 2020 run by the media mogul for the presidency. I can almost hear some snickers and guffaws, but let us not forget who is currently sitting in the Oval Office.
Then there was the college football National Championship game. Alabama beat Georgia in one of the most teeth-clenching, nail-biting finishes in this fan’s memory. Trailing by 13 points at the half, Nick Saban (Alabama’s head coach) did the unthinkable. He benched his star quarterback.
Saban has long been known for his coaching prowess. As head coach for various universities (including Drew’s beloved Michigan State) and a couple of pro teams; he has proven his abilities with five national titles at Alabama alone. But, who would have thought that in a championship game he would bench his great starting quarterback who had lost only two games the entire season?
As soon as the game ended, the “Twitter-sphere” began to light up with tweets extoling the coach’s instincts and guts. There were countless calls, in 140 characters, for him to run for president.
Did this past week produce two viable 2020 candidates for President? Hmmm, President Winfrey or President Saban — nah, I don’t think so.