Who said?: (A) “I’m very capable of changing to anything I want to change to.”
(B) “Every great dream begins with a dreamer.”
(C) “The most important thing is to be true to yourself, but I also like danger.”
Answers at the bottom of this page.
Is Barry Obama rethinking America’s role in the Mideast? His visit with the Saudi Arabian King Salman last week comes as Congress is debating a bill that would let victims of the 9/11/2001 attacks sue the Saudi Arabian government, and only a few months after America concluded a treaty with Saudi’s rival, Iran, over nuclear weapons. Obama must find a middle ground between working for peace in the Middle East, and keeping America’s fingerprints off whatever happens in the future in the region. He understands that any role that America plays in the Middle East encourages radicals and potential terrorists to blame us for any problems in the region. Any disengagement in the Middle East would threaten U.S. interests and security.
Obama is not as afraid to be a “buttinsky” in England as he is in the Mideast. As England is about to vote on a plan to leave the European Economic Union, Obama made his support for England staying in the EEU clear during his visit to England last week. In response, the mayor of London slammed Obama for meddling in the UK’s affairs.
Hillary’s and the Donald’s victories in the primaries this week have cemented their statuses as the leading candidates for their party’s nominations. The excitement in the Republican race is now happening behind closed doors in the competition for delegates for the second and succeeding ballots should Trump not get the 1237 he needs before the convention.
Hillary can now lose every primary and win the nomination. Before the primaries on Tuesday, Bernie would have to win over 60 percent of the remaining delegates to capture the nomination. The question for Bernie is, what will he do now? Will he continue to trash Hillary, or will he work to unify the party? Certainly, he will still work to spread his message that the U.S. economic system is rigged in favor of the wealthy. Hillary, if/when she wins, will have the burden of carrying out his agenda.
Answers: (A) Donald Trump 2.0 is trying to convince voters that he can be “very presidential.” But he warns that “if I go too presidential, people are going to be very bored.”
(B). Harriet Tubman, the slave who escaped slavery in Maryland, and then returned to lead 70 other slaves to freedom. During the Civil War, she worked as a spy for the U.S. Army, and later worked for women’s right to vote. “Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” Her image will soon replace that of Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill.
(C) The singer, composer, producer, and actor, Prince, who died last week. “The most important thing is to be true to yourself, but I also like danger. That’s what’s missing from pop music today. There’s no excitement or mystery” (1982). According to culture critic Michelle Garcia, “Prince gave black kids permission to be weirdos.” White kids are gonna have to wait.