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Obama the bridge-builder

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As Obama prepares overseas trip, Democrats abroad see him as bridge-builder |

One bridge I hope he can help span is the bridge in Hanoi, Vietnam:

“Hanoi’s 1.6 Km Long Bien Bridge, designed by Gustave Eiffel, is 100 years old this year. The arches belong to the original French bridge. The foreground is a temporary structure to replace one of the two sections bombed out by the Americans…. who never managed to put the bridge permanently out of action. The French Government is providing restoration money… they’d better hurry up by the look of that sag.”

– HopViet Travel – Give the Smile of Vietnam

My cousin, a former Korean War Army Captain was director of “Huntley and Brinkley” TV news and according to Edwin Newman, a noted televison journalist, and an award-winning news producer for NBC in New York. At George Murray’s eulogy in the UN Chapel, Mr. Newman read a letter he had to send to a team of journalists in Vietnam, who were there trying to get the “common soldiers view of the conflict” at great risk. They had been cancelled by “the higher-ups”. He had died in Mexico, his wife an Avon executive introducing that product there. He also produced both Democrat and Republican parties’ convention coverages in 1976 for CBS TV. I missed the eulogy. I would hope that the bridge metaphor will help heal the damages in our respective countries.


Written by georgejmyersjr

07/16/2008 at 3:45 am

Posted in Uncategorized

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