Today I had the honor of listening to Bob Woodward speak. He currently serves as the associate editor at The Washington Post and has been with them since the early 70’s. Aside from his journalist duties at The Washington Post, he is also a famous non-fiction, political author of such works like All the President’s Men, The Final Days, and Bush at War. Woodward has been called “the best reporter of our time” and has won numerous awards for his achievements.
That being said, one of his bestsellers was even adapted to film: All the President’s Men starring Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman. Woodward is portrayed by Redford (not too shabby of a casting) as he and Carl Bernstein (played by Hoffman) are assigned with the 1972 burglary at Watergate. They meet Deep Throat and as a series of events unfolded, Nixon eventually resigns.
What does all of this have to do with the comedian Louis C.K. you might ask? Well, his current tour has material touching on Nixon. It goes something like this (by memory):
Louis C.K.: I hate when people complain about the President. He’s (Obama) really disappointed me and like… (Louie interrupting his made up person’s rant) I SAW, IN MY LIFETIME, OUR PRESIDENT WEEP LIKE AN INSANE PERSON ON NATIONAL TELEVISION AND THEN FLY AWAY IN A HELICOPTER.
Woodward said that the ending is always the hardest part to write, and I often find that true, even in these petty little blogs. In Woodward’s recollection of a previous conversation held with Hillary Clinton in regards to George W. Bush being a fatalist, she states that a President cannot do something and just walk away. This is similar to that of being a writer. I think that good writers dwell, revisit history and continuously question themselves. I hope to accomplish this some day when given the luxury of time.