Sometimes guys may be nicer than you think
Listening to this on Saturday, I was stuck by the different window it gave me into the news of the last year and a half.
So often, we form our opinions about officials’ motives by what we read in the paper (or for some see on TV), or by what we imagine to be their political motives. In fact, had I seen the Web headline (“Paulson calls for more financial regulatory power”) for this story instead of catching it mid-talk, I think I would have been disposed toward an entirely different opinion.
But I’m really buying that this is a smart, reasonable guy who was truly struggling to do the very best he could for the future of our country. And you know what? He says Bush was, too. It’s often hard to remember that these are people who sometimes transcend Jaffner’s “assery” to make hard decisions.
Go ahead, all you “Sadly, No” folks. Just call me Pollyanna.
I’m reading The Clinton Papers: Wrestling History with the President, and every evening I’m struck by how different the reality of the situation was from what we were fed publicly. More on that later . . .