Edmund Morris tells it like it is

Presidential biographer Edmund Morris didn’t think much of a question asked by Bob Schieffer of CBS News Sunday when the host of “Face the Nation” asked the often acerbic Morris, author of a new biography of Teddy Roosevelt, what he thought the former President wold think of today’s politics.

“You keep asking these presentist questions Bob,” Morris replied. “As the immortal Marisa Tomei said in My Cousin Vinny, ‘that’s a bullshit question!’ because you cannot pluck people out of the past and expect them to comment on what’s happening today.”

Schieffer took the question in stride and moved on although CBS sources tell Capitol Hill Blue that Morris has appeared on CBS for the last time.

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Doug Thompson published his first story and photo at age 11 -- a newspaper article about racism and the Klan in Prince Edward County, VA, in 1958. From that point on, he decided to become a newspaperman and did just that -- reporting news and taking photos full-time at his hometown paper, becoming the youngest full-time reporter at The Roanoke Times in Virginia in 1965 and spent most of the past 55+ years covering news around the country and the globe. After a short sabbatical as a political operative in Washington in the 1980s, he returned to the news profession in 1992. Today, he is a contract reporter/photojournalist for BHMedia and owns Capitol Hill Blue and other news websites.


  1. And yet Teddy Roosevelt is one of the easiest presidents to pluck out of history and apply to today’s problems, because his numerous speeches from his 1912 presidential campaign hit on quite a lot of issues still facing us today–right down to his very detailed thoughts about whether or not business should be more regulated (he thought they should) or even taken over by the government in whole or part if circumstances seemed to warrant it (he didn’t rule it out altogether but said it was a bad idea).

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