UTA Maverick Speakers - James Carville and Mary Matalin
It was an amusing and interesting Monday evening. UTA brought James Carville and Mary Matalin to town. The two have been married for twenty years and have two teenage daughters. Otherwise, they are polar opposites that agree on a lot of issues. As the introduction went - she's Midwestern, he's Cajun Louisiana, she's Republican, he's Democrat, she speaks English, he speaks....well, see for yourselves.
The two agree on many things - they cannot get their daughters to listen to them or close doors. And he embarrasses the heck out of the girls. Truly - they seemed like a happily married couple who happen to disagree on politics. The title of the evening - All's Fair: Love, War, and Politics.
The key they kept coming back to was humanity. The USA is going to keep kicking. There are divisive issues. We have to get past the media pervasiveness of "We're All Gonna Die" mentality. If we look to the US governors at the state level, life and politics are grinding out the true government necessary, along with innovation. And ultimately, we do have to look out for each other.
He's funny, sharp, and smooth. She's a tad more direct and certainly the salt to his Cajun pepper. Plenty of food for thought - including where to eat in New Orleans - they agree that Brennan's is the crème de la crème for special occasions.
UTA brings top notch speakers to the area. I'm glad I took advantage of this free opportunity to broaden some horizons.
Joanne Faries, originally from the Philadelphia area, lives in Texas with her husband Ray. She considers herself fortunate to be able to pursue a writing career after eons in the business world. Joanne enjoys reading and movies, and is the film critic for the Little Paper of San Saba.