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Thank You Mr. Robinson?

- February 24, 2009

Sometimes I’ll ask my (almost) 4 year twin boys a difficult question. They’ll think about the question, and if they don’t know the answer, they simply respond by saying, “Daddy, I don’t know the answer to that question.” I wish Mr. Robinson could respond to a question he doesn’t know like my sons (excluding the Daddy part of course). Here’s the exchange between Eugene Robinson (columnist for the Washington Post) and David Gregory on Meet the Press last week:

MR. GREGORY: Here’s a question. On the economy overall…how are we going to know if it’s working, and how much time does Obama really have?

MR. ROBINSON: It’s a, it’s a good question. I think there’s a realization in the country that this doesn’t happen overnight, that you–that, that we’ve dug such a deep hole and it’s taken so long to do it that, that, you know, I think if, if things are perceived to have stopped getting worse in, in–within six months, say…

MR. GREGORY: Mm-hmm.

MR. ROBINSON: …or, or, or nine months, and, and if, if we can–think we can see a bottom then, you know, I think people’ll give him some more time…

Thank you Mr. Robinson for letting us know that we’ll know if the stimulus is working if “we can see a bottom.” Why can’t journalist (or maybe it’s more accurate to say columnists) who have no expertise in a particular field, just respond by saying “I don’t know, you should ask an expert.”

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