Wednesday, September 05, 2012
By Baratunde Thurston : Writer, Comedian, WNYC Special Correspondent
Cory Booker and Deval Patrick moved the crowd in exceptional ways, ways that worried me. Would there be enough inspiring-black-man sauce left for President Obama Thursday night?
Tuesday, May 08, 2012
In 2007, during his contentious primary race with Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama spent a week campaigning with Newark Mayor Corey Booker and Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick. The media continually highlighted the difference between these three young, African-American politicians and the generation of black leaders that came before them. A new book by Professor Andra Gillespie examines the new generation of black politicians exemplified by President Obama through the lens of Cory Booker's mayoral election and his tenure in Newark.
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Throughout the country, the politics of division have torn at the fabric of this great nation. Some reporters would take that same destructive, degenerative mindset and apply it to good-natured sports rivalries.
SOME reporters, on the other hand, have the composure (and dare we say confidence) to separate the political from the athletic. It's nice to see the governors of New York and Massachusetts are likewise able to reach the same high bar of comportment.
Behold: the Cuomo-Patrick Super Bowl Bet.
If the Giants win, Governor Patrick will send Governor Cuomo:
- 46 Centerville Pies from “The Pie Ladies” in Centerville
- Legal Sea Foods clam chowder
- 46 cases of Food Should Taste Good chips in Needham Heights
Governor Cuomo will donate the proceeds to the Food Bank Association of NYS.
If the Patriots win, Governor Cuomo will send Governor Patrick:
- 46 cases of one of the State’s newest and hottest exports- New York made Greek yogurt
- 46 dozen bagels from Ess-a-Bagel in Manhattan
- 46 cheesecakes from Junior's in Brooklyn
Governor Patrick will donate the proceeds to a Massachusetts food bank.
A couple quick notes: for those with the good fortune enough to have visited the home of the original Tea Party, you probably know that Legal Seafood is not where you want to get your real clam chowder. You'd think Governor Deval Patrick would have the good taste to set people up in the Chart House.
I also love how Governor Cuomo doubles down on one of the high points of his economic program from last year: the great Greek yogurt plant deal. Never miss an opportunity to remind people of your success.
Friday, April 22, 2011
In 2007, Governor Deval Patrick became the first black governor of Massachusetts. In his first term, Patrick oversaw the implementation of the state's 2006 health care reform program, defended the legality of same-sex marriages and increased the state's sales tax to 6.5 percent. Now in his second term, the man born into poverty on Chicago's South Side has written a memoir called “A Reason to Believe: Lessons From an Improbable Life.” Governor Deval Patrick joins The Takeaway to talk about his path to the governor's mansion —and the road ahead.