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The Ever Elusive Honest Answer


Dear Honest Answer,Where have you been lately? Don't you know it's election year and I'd like to see more of you? Okay, I understand why you've been a bit reclusive. When you come out of hiding, you tend to get criticized. But really, aren't you being a bit thin skinned?Sure, I saw the presidential debate in Las Vegas when the democratic candidates were asked what their greatest weaknesses were. And, yes, it was because of you that Senator Obama was criticized when he said he wasn't good with paperwork, as if that somehow made him an ineffective leader. But that doesn't mean you're not wanted. I would have liked you to stick around for the other two candidates' replies, no matter how amusing the responses were without you. I have to wonder what the point of asking questions is if we don't want you to be there. In college, I went on a job interview at a bookstore and was asked if I saw myself having a career as a bookseller. Of course I knew it was in my best interest to say yes, but then you came around, Honest Answer. Needless to say, I didn't get the job. (Okay, so the moment didn't have the same poignancy as when Martin Donovan turned down the television repair job in the Hal Hartley film "Truth," but at least I walked out of there with some self respect). Certainly, there are ways to spin answers to questions without having to lie. Obama could have said that he cared too much or I could have waxed poetic about my love of literature being an integral part of my longterm ambitions. But ultimately, what's the point?If we are going to send you an invitation, Honest Answer, we should welcome you to the party. Sure, you can be a little hard to deal with at times, but without you we wouldn't know what to believe.


Ronda Miller 10 years, 4 months ago

I notice Obama picked his smallest "honest" trait to talk about.

Left_handed 10 years, 4 months ago

I can just see you walking around with your lantern, searching in daylight for an honest answer, a modern day Diogenes.

David Lignell 10 years, 4 months ago


Obama only did what all effective job candidates do on an interview, they tell the truth by omission. I'm sure he had a lot of honest answers to convey, but only the benign had it's place in Vegas.

Sorry, but I've lost interest again. I'll wait until the machine tells me my preferred candidate in the presidential election. Then I'll drag my tired bod to the polls and vote without enthusiasm. It's my patriotic duty.

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