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It's been a few weeks since a mainstream media article appeared about Herr Olbermann. Hey KO--Did you forget to pay your publicist? Enter the Boston Globe to fill the KO newsvoid. This isn't a full-on profile of Olbermann, it's a Q&A session with his opinions on key questions (half of which are sports-related). But it does contain a nugget of interesting information. Guess who is the Keynote Speaker at the ACLU-Massachusetts Banquet in Boston tonight? Yes, that's right, the unbiased Keith Olbermann.
Best president? "Lincoln. Can't argue with turning the catastrophe of civil war into the emancipation of the slaves. Although I think James Polk is terribly underrated -- took the chance on California, managed to enrage the leaders of all the political parties.''
What????? A Republican that Olbermann actually likes? Oh, that's right, Olbermann only likes Republicans who have been dead for over a century.
Best member of the Red Sox? "Current: Terry Francona. Sitting in the dugout with him during an exhibition game this year taught me about 25 percent more baseball than I knew, and his light touch running the club was a delight to watch."
Wow--Olbermann actually admits he doesn't know everything about everything-that's got to be a first for him. He must have been in an unusually humble mood.
Best of all time? Johnny Pesky. Anybody who could still be working for the same organization 43 years after losing the manager's job is doing something right. Plus 10 years ago he ended an interview with me by giving a very warm handshake, which he promptly turned into a 'soul shake.' I am still in awe.
There goes KO again with the man-love for baseball players. He's probably still prefer a soul kiss from A-Rod though.
Best US foreign intervention? "Afghanistan. One can argue that World War I qualifies -- only our shipping was attacked, not the nation per se. But for pure justified bona fide 'world's policeman' work, going after the Taliban was inarguable. And incomplete."
Ah, Olbylogic. It's okay to go into Afghanistan to hunt down the Taliban and Osama Bin Laden but those terrorists in Iraq? Oh no, they should be left alone to kill us.
Best recent movie or book? "I loved 'The Echoing Green' by Josh Prager. A microscopic workup of the 1951 National League pennant race. 'Gettysburg Gospel' by Gabor Boritt is the same kind of writing: A specific event, researched to death, so detailed as to transport you to the time and place. Great written history should approach time travel; these do."
To show he's a real "intellectual", Olby has to mention books no one else has ever read or even heard of. Gee, do you think he shares his reading list with his oh-so-very-young live-in girlfriend, Katy Tur? Is she actually old enough to read yet?
Best guess right now on the Democratic and Republican nominees in 2008? "Al Gore and Mitt Romney. I think the far right will eventually recoil from Giuliani and pick Romney because he looks like a president and sounds like a Bing Crosby record. And I think Gore can have the nomination for the asking."
There you go. Olbermann has spoken: Al Gore will throw his hat into the ring any day now because Olbermann wants him to!
Bonus question: Odds that Gore wins the Nobel Peace Prize? "3:1 -- and the odds are that he'll actually win it, but the odds it will go to somebody else on a recount are 3:2."
Yeah, it's always those pesky recounts that do Democrats in isn't it Olby?