[First published in the January 2007 issue of commentarymagazine.com, reprinted with permission].
Four or five years ago, a talk-show producer in London phoned me about a program he was working on for the British equivalent of MTV. The program aimed to present a light introduction to public affairs for the eighteen-to-nineteen-year-old set, and for this purpose the production team was coming to the U.S. to interview an array of American policy experts. He asked if I was willing to appear.
On the appointed date, I was whisked by limousine to a downtown Washington studio where makeup was applied and I was offered a seat in the “green room” to await my turn on the set. Minutes passed. I grew impatient, and stepped out to find the producer. Apologizing, he explained that the interviews were being filmed consecutively, they had fallen behind schedule, but the host would soon come to have a word with me. I returned to my vigil.
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