One of my favourite Henrik Ibsen plays is An Enemy of the People about the doctor of a spa in a small Norwegian town who discovers the Baths are contaminated. The residents praise him as an activist until they learn the baths will have to be closed for several years, costing their jobs, and when … Continue reading Mr Trump, Your time is up
Election day started well. As I was waiting for the light to change on Market Street in the city, Mark Munro, a Channel Nine cameraman, waved to me from the window of his car and said: “Hi, Tom, I heard he’s about to win Florida. Is that true?” And I replied: “I hope so. I’m … Continue reading From sea to shining sea, America hopes Obama works second-term magic
“You can kid the world, but not your sister.” That’s a quote from the famous Canadian writer, Charlotte Gray, and it can easily apply to the maternal half-sister of President Barack Obama, Maya Soetoro-Ng. So the president may not be able to kid her, but fortunately they are very close, and they are both really … Continue reading Obama’s sister: My big brother is a class act
I’m having a severe case of déjà vu all over again. My original vu was Thursday, September 1, 2005, and the news about a hurricane called Katrina heading for New Orleans was all over the US bulletins coming in via satellite to Sydney that night. I was preparing the rundown for the Sunday Program on … Continue reading The Republicans may have built it, but will the voters come?
“I was very involved in the McCain campaign, and I love McCain a lot. But I never felt this good about our chances four years ago.” That was Brian Ballard, a co-chairman of Mitt Romney’s finance team, talking to the New York Times about the Republican candidate’s chances of beating Barack Obama in the November … Continue reading Let the Political Games begin
The ghost of US President Sarah Palin was stalking the streets of Sydney this week. Okay, you say, she hasn’t died, and she hasn’t become president so please explain (that was the famous expression of the politician who’s come closest to replicating Sarah Palin in Australia). The spirit of Sarah the Future President came courtesy … Continue reading A scary search for the Real Sarah Palin