Monday, December 8, 2008

Deciding the Next Decider--and Other Political Verse by Calvin Trillin

John Lundberg has written a review of Calvin Trillin’s new book, Deciding the Next Decider: The 2008 Presidential Race in Rhyme, for The Huffington Post. Lundberg’s article, The 2008 Election in Verse, includes several excerpts from the book.

Here’s an excerpt from a verse at the end of Trillin's book:

And foreigners, from Rome to Yokohama,
Were cheering an American: Obama
From this vote they were willing to infer
We aren't the people they had thought we were.
And Lady Liberty, as people call her,
Was standing in the harbor somewhat taller.

You can read the rest of the review here.

From The Nation: Here is an excerpt from and links to some of Calvin Trillin’s political verse that’s available online. (You can read about Calvin Trillin here.)

From Bush Labor Department Pushes Hurries to Change Toxic Substance Rules Before Obama Takes Office

For industry they're rushing through some rules
To ease restraints on using toxic goop
And dumping tops of mountains into streams.
In every hole, they seek a larger loop.

You can read the rest here.
Click here to see Calvin Trillin on The Daily Show.


Julie said...

Trillin on The Daily Show was hilarious, wasn't he? Jon Stewart couldn't stop laughing - and it isn't that often Stewart is taken by surprise & kind of trumped by his guest, but he LOVED Trillin. With good reason, of course. Charlie Rose has some great interviews of Trillin, too, if you have longer stretches of time to watch: opinions on the Bush Administration, over-cooked vegetables and immigration policy!

Julie said...

Here's a link to the Charlie Rose interview of 2003:

Elaine Magliaro said...


Thanks for the link to the Charlie Rose interview. I'll check it out later. I hadn't seen Trillin on TV for quite some time until he appeared on The Daily Show last week. His opinions on the Bush administration? Those must be priceless.