Friday, October 24, 2014

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.


  1. I LOVE them! I would have loved to hear their talk. They remind me a little of my hubby and me... only the opposite. I'm a bleeding heart liberal, and he's just to the right of Attila the Hun. (If WE can get along, why the heck can't the darned politicians?!)

    Happy weekend!

  2. It's refreshing to learn about this couple. It really does come down to 'having a heart and having that heart filled with the right things. As far as eating in New Orleans, I enjoyed Brennan's and every hole in the wall place I visited when I traveled there years ago.

    Happy weekend, Joanne.
    Broad hugs.

  3. How interesting! I bet this was great to get to hear.