September 16, 2005

An interesting interview

Last night, Neha and I watched part of the confirmation session of Supreme Court nominee Judge John Roberts.

I was struck by several things.

  • He is a great evader of questions. The senators would ask for personal opinon and he would turn it around and say that he has a)already given an answer to that or b) that his personal opinion will not influence his rulings. Very smooth and smart.
  • His hair is literally glued to his head...and it shines. I kept wondering what kind of hair products he uses. Okay, so I get distracted easily.
  • He smiles between phrases. His teeth are semi-pristine. Okay, so I get really distracted. However, his mannerisms, such as this one, reminds me so much of President Bush.
  • The intensity of how much I wanted to be a senator and ask questions was overpowering.

    The interview gauntlet is quickly becoming an obsession.

    I love when people evade the question; it tests my abilities as a journalist to get the answer I think lies at the end of this maze. Most of the time, a journalist knows what is at the end of the maze and is waiting for the subject to take you there, but other times, the maze is beyond your grasp and even you are surprised by the moldy cheese waiting.

    Some of the senators' questions were sloppy, but instead of asking for clarifications or a correction of terms, Roberts forged ahead, so the telecast would not depict a confused child, asking for a repeat in a spelling bee. Compelling stuff.

Posted by Amanda Cochran at September 16, 2005 5:11 PM | TrackBack

I was so glad to see your opinion. I especially liked the hair observation, shows imagination. Keep looking maybe there is something good in there. Grammy

Posted by: Grammy at September 16, 2005 8:51 PM

1) He probably uses the same pomade as me... Crew. Only the best!

2) I think he's not only doing a wonderful job, but really putting these senators in their place. They can stand there and ask him the most personal questions they want, only to get shut down. It reminds me of my days on the mock trial team, cross-examining a very clever witness.

3) I have never seen such grandstanding bravado in all my life. The senators (specifically Biden and Kennedy) are making complete fools of themselves, asking fifteen minute, convoluted questions, only to be interrupted by Arlen Specter or Roberts himself. There is no way he won't get confirmed, but they have to make sure they get a little personal glory first.

Posted by: Mike Rubino at September 17, 2005 12:29 AM
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