Everyone Is Entitled to My Opinion by David Brinkley

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No matter how seriously we take our politics, Americans love a light touch, a raised eyebrow, a generous chuckle--which is why millions of us tune in to Sunday morning television for the bracing cocktail of wit and practical wisdom dispensed, along with the news, by the inimitable David Brinkley.  His closing remarks, like an exclamation point after each broadcast, may illuminate the week's events or they may range widely through the oft puzzling human condition--but they're always worth waiting for.

In this one-of-a-kind book, we get the undiluted Brinkley.  He marvels at government regulations that require cans of paint to bear a label reading "Do not drink paint."  He nominates Richard Nixon as Official U.S. Government Scapegoat.  He commiserates with an Oklahoma mayor who must earn extra money by collecting beer cans and claiming the deposits.  He reminisces about a White House that welcomed casual picnickers on its lawn.  He forgives George Bush for passing out in Tokyo.  He observes that "if we can put a man on the moon, we could put Congress in orbit."  He skewers lawyers, bureaucrats, Washington insiders, hypocrites of all stripes.  He commemorates absurdity--and hence suffers fools gladly.

In short, Everyone Is Entitled To My Opinion is David Brinkley at his unbeatable best.

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David Brinkley was born in Wilmington, North Carolina, and was educated at the University of North Carolina and Vanderbilt University.  After his Army service in World War II, he worked for United Press and then joined NBC, where he would launch The Huntley-Brinkley Report with Chet Huntley in 1956 and then co-anchor NBC Nightly News with John Chancellor.  From 1981 to 1996, he conducted his own ABC program of news and commentary and interviews, This Week with David Brinkley, on Sunday mornings.  He has been the recipient of ten Emmy Awards and three George Foster Peabody Awards.  He lives with his wife, Susan, in Washington, DC.
Published October 22, 1996 by Alfred A. Knopf. 175 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Humor & Entertainment, History. Non-fiction

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Brinkley ranges well beyond the Washington bureaucracy, sometimes pithily (``The Constitution calls for electing a president every four years, but it does not say we have to spend the whole four years doing it''), more often lamely (on why the Arabs need Israel: ``What would they find to do with ...

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