By all accounts, the recent hit film, Argo, is a big winner. Argo boasts all the ingredients of a great story – a heroic protagonist who disobeys direct orders from Washington and pulls off the impossible rescue despite bungling and naive planning by higher-ups. The storyline was made all the better by the fact that it was based on true events and ended with the warmth and happiness of a family reunited.
But Hollywood doesn’t make too many films with tragic endings unless it’s a modern version of a Shakespeare play. So don’t expect a ton of scripts recounting the unfolding tragic farce of Benghazi.
“Washington feels as broken as it did four years ago,” President Obama, Today Show, July, 2012
In 2008, then-Senator Obama spent an entire campaign decrying the atmosphere in Washington, claiming he would usher in a post-partisan, post-racial America. While his claim that the seas would stop rising was way over the top, the post-partisan, post-racial idea was about as realistic as closing Guantanamo Bay in a year, trying KSM in NYC, or cutting the national debt in half.
What could be better than Engaging, Educating and Empowering women to get involved and be leaders in politics? Well, for me, just about nothing, with the exception of USC winning the NCAA Football Championship, of course!
I come to that conclusion after speaking at the recent Southeast Regional Leadership Conference for the relatively young Smart Girl Politics organization, which took place in Atlanta. A full day of speakers followed a well-attended reception the night before at which this new organization was able to attract numerous elected officials and candidates from the host State, Georgia. I had been invited to speak on health care and political leadership, moderating a health care panel. I write this as I am flying back to LA having made a bunch of new friends and possible project partners in the months and years to come.