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July 06, 2005

Who Am I? Why Am I Here?

CNN is reporting that James Stockdale -- the retired Vice Admiral, former POW and 1992 running mate of fruity Texas billionaire H. Ross Perot -- passed away yesterday. I'll always remember Stockdale as an average guy who was thrust into a bewildering situation. Stockdale participated in the 1992 Vice Presidential Debate with essentially no preparation, compared to Senator Gore and Vice President Quayle who had both been extensively prepped for the event. He later explained that his famous quotation was meant as the beginning of an overall explanation of how his experiences and perspective differed from those of his opponents. Sadly, he was never able to carry on with his treatise. From his subsequent interview with Jim Lehrer, it sounds like it would have been comedy gold.

Posted by Dan at July 6, 2005 11:07 AM


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