Thursday, December 9, 2010

Paul McCartney and Chris Christie Celebrate Chanukah

'Twas the last night of Chanukah, and who should appear, at a Chabad House Fundraiser in New Brunswick, New Jersey, but Sir Paul McCartney, himself, in the flesh.

It’s too strange to be fiction. So it must have been true.

As it happened, NJ Gov. Chris Christie was there too, to celebrate the last night of Chanukah.

The result made for great political theater. Here’s the way Gov. Christie described it: Link here.

As everyone has recognized by now, Chris Christie is a master communicator. Even Frank Rich compared him very favorably with the current occupant of the oval office.

Anyway, as Chris Christie was commenting about his encounter with Paul McCartney, he managed to add a pearl of wisdom, an insight of inestimable value… the kind of  adage you learn with age but wish you had known when you were younger.

Talking about Sir Paul’s presence at the Chabad House Fundraiser, Christie explained: “No matter who you are, if your girlfriend tells you you’re going to be some place, you’re going.”

You may recall that six or so weeks ago I posted my reaction to Chris Christie’s Today Show profile. Link here.

In essence, I said that we should take Gov. Christie insistence that he does not want to run for president with a measure of doubt, because, his wife says that he would be a great president.

If he says that he is not going to run and if she says that he would be great in the job, go with his wife.


Anonymous said...

In President Obama we found a Democrat with an amazing skill that transformed independents and even Democrats into Republicans. In Governor Christie we might have found a politician with an even greater trans-formative skill; a Republican who can turn independents and even Democrats into Republicans.
Steve G

Stuart Schneiderman said...

Nicely put, Steve... though it's interesting that Obama turned independents and republicans into democrats before he turned them all back into Republicans.

But I do agree entirely with your basic point, and would note, as you put it, that this takes extraordinary transformative skill (in the art of persuasion)to do what Christie seems to be accomplishing.

xlbrl said...

Christie displays a rare command. It is extremely regrettable this man is not a conservative.

Stuart Schneiderman said...

What makes you say that he is not a conservative? Please elaborate....

Dex Quire said...

Christie stands out because he knows how to talk and knows how to talk to to people. Why is that so rare in our politicians? You'd think a fluid and sincere style would be standard issue but Americans keep elect these stiff and speech-bumbling types to all kinds of high office. I have no doubt that Christie is as calculating as any other pol but so far his public moral compass, the one on display, seems sound.