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Response to HiPointDem (Reply #1)

Thu May 3, 2012, 11:44 AM

44. Public and private personas are quite often day and night

 

And the latter frequently surprise people who are familiar with the former. That is one reason people are so interested in the tabloids/gossip. It's always interesting to examine that disconnect.

Just reading supreme court decisions, any liberal would think William Rehnquist was the devil. But apparently people who knew him said he was a really nice guy whom just about everybody liked and respected on a personal level.

James Gandolfini (who played Tony Soprano on 'The Sopranos') is a particularly amusing example. We all think of him as the tough mob boss. But have you ever seen an interview with him? 'Awkward' doesn't even begin to describe it. What's doubly ironic is that he describes himself personally as like Woody Allen, which is interesting because he's talking about the public/movie Woody Allen persona. The real Woody Allen was apparently a very good athlete as a young man and not at all intellectual. He claims he flunked out of NYU not because he had this passion for film, but because he wasn't smart enough to cut it.

I suspect this is the case with Elizabeth Edwards. She was very different in private than in public. That's really pretty normal.

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