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Yesterday I went to New York City to interview the New York Knicks' Stephon Marbury . I was on the train early, three hours to New York, the interview and then I was back in D.C. by 7 p.m. and thus our show aired lived from Washington, D.C., last night.
Check out the pictures posted today on this blog — they are the behind the scene pics of our interview of Stephon.
Stephon is an amazing guy — and not just because he is a great athlete. He has a new line of athletic clothing and shoes and all at very reasonable (even cheap) prices. He wants to take pressure off people by lowering the prices of clothing without cutting into quality or style. He doesn't think quality basketball shoes have to cost $200 — $14.98 is just right. If you watch him play for the Knicks, check out his feet — yes, he is wearing his own $14.98 basketball shoes.
He says his $14.98 basketball shoes are made at the same company where $150-200 basketball shoes are made… and are the same quality, yet a giant difference in price! (He explained in our interview why he can sell his same quality shoes at a much lower price.)
We interviewed Stephon at a public basketball court in Central Park (I think it was 150 degrees outside… maybe 175 degrees!) Towards the end of the interview about his athletic clothing and his goals in life, I got coaxed into playing basketball... and guess what? I hit three baskets out of three! Yes… three baskets caught on tape! OK, it was a freak incident, but nonetheless it was fun to hit three out of three. I would have been thrilled with 1 out of 3! When I took the bait to shoot some hoops I fully expected to get caught on camera throwing the ball three times and not even hitting the rim. I quit at three… and Stephon agreed that I should quit at that point. We both feared that effort four, five, six, etc., would bring very different results.
At the outset of the basketball attempt, I felt I was a good sport to even try to shoot a basket on camera. I thought I would look like a fool and miss. Who would have guessed that I would be so lucky? After the stunner of three out of three, I kept teasing the crew (all guys) that I was starting a basketball clinic in August if any of them wished to attend. So check the pics… they show the behind the scenes of our day in Central Park yesterday with a basketball star (Marbury, not me!)
My basketball career is officially over — I know that I could never get this lucky again.
After we aired the segment with Stephon, we got a ton of e-mails asking where to buy his shoes. You can buy the shoes at Steve & Barry's — go online (www.google.com) and search "Starbury" and you can find out where the shoes are sold near you.
Now for some e-mails (some of the e-mails posted below, as you will note, answer the challenge posed in yesterday's blog. The challenge was to explain what it means when someone (politician?) gets caught doing something wrong — like cheating on a spouse — and then says, "I accept full responsibility.")
E-mail No. 1
My son and two of my grandaughters just got back from Africa. The two girls spend a month in Africa, 3 weeks in the Congo and then they joined my son in Rwanda. They work with the children in an orphanage. It is so sad, the girls say that very small children (5 and 6) are carrying their baby brothers and sisters around because their mothers have been killed. Most of them are naked. My girls take clothes.
Laura is so pretty and such a good person. Thanks for having her on your show.
E-mail No. 2
Greta, I'm sure that my question isn't the smartest, but I'll ask anyhow. If the netting is treated with insecticide, is it harmful to the children under them?
E-mail No. 3
African poverty is the result of the good intentions of naive Westerners, whose charity has mostly gone to propping up despots and tyrants. Dumping more taxpayer money into corrupt African states might make some diplomats feel good about themselves, but there will be no progress without freedom and profit-motivated capitalism.
E-mail No. 4
Their feet are still in the mire and they will do the same thing, just a different way till they are caught again. Slime produces slime.
E-mail No. 5
"I accept responsibility" are tiresome buzzwords. Politicians used to just lie, but the media jumps on that quickly so now politicians sometimes admit the truth as part of their evasive footwork. "I am sorry" would sound hollow since usually they are only sorry they were caught. Actually, in the Mayor's case, the words are humorous—who else would be responsible? I am tired of bimbo and himbo politicians. Shouldn't our leaders hold themselves to higher moral standards or take a hike?
E-mail No. 6
It would seem that "taking responsibility" in the public forum means not denying it.
Great interview with Mrs.Bush — that is the most animated and natural I have ever seen her!
E-mail No. 7
Infidelity is a private matter that requires resolution between a husband & wife. There was a day when the press did not expose these issues, which I believe was more appropriate then today's public "scarlet letter" style shaming. There is already intense pain & humiliation for the faithful spouse and children, so why amplify their pain by airing it in the press and exploiting it politically. Apologies to the public for infidelity are misplaced. Those who cheat on a spouse need to ask forgiveness from their spouse, not me. And, my bet is that it's going to take a heck of a lot more than the rather hollow phrase "I take responsibility" to get a marriage damaged by unfaithfulness back on track. What did ever happen to that "kinder, gentler nation" envisioned by H.W. Bush?
San Diego, CA
E-mail No. 8
I put that right up there with entering "rehab". What that means is; I'm sorry I got caught doing what I was doing. If they would have taken responsibility before doing the deed, whatever it was, they probably wouldn't have to make the ungenuine (sic) speech. I don't give those in authority positions a pass because they speak these poll points oriented scripts. Unfortunately it seems most voters do. It gives the voter the illusion that the authority figure just made a mistake... who among us hasn't done that right? Let he who has not, cast the first stone. I however, see it as a choice. A bad choice that they need to face the consequences for. Today that means rehab ;)
E-mail No. 9
"I accept responsibility" means nothing more than "I did it and got caught." It does not mean "Sorry" or "Please forgive me". It clearly indicates the person doesn't get it nor has a moral compass.
Marion Shelton Harlan
E-mail No. 10
I cannot be around perfume at all. Some of it smells very nice for a minute and then my eyes, nose and throat start to burn. My children are forbidden to wear it in the house and they must tell their friends not to come over with perfume on. My granddaughter has asthma and in the hospital where she was born are numerous signs warning people that fragrances are forbidden. Imagine that the smell causing the irritation smelled like fertilizer instead of perfume or maybe a skunk. The worst is a combination smell of cigarette smoke and perfume or cologne. Just like when I was growing up. Makes me want to throw up just thinking about it.
E-mail No. 11
Time and time again we hear politicians say. "I accept full responsibility".
Of course they will say this, when caught. Loose morals by some politicians, can be related to a power trip they are on. They think they are infallible, and are justified in having an affair. "Above the law" fits them. They have many wives, ruin family relationships, yet there seems to be no remorse. As the presidential race heats up, I'm afraid we will hear that phrase repeated, "I accept responsibility". The morals in this country are deplorable. I will be hesitant to vote for any man/woman who doesn't take their wedding vows more seriously. It's not, "for better or worse" anymore. It's "until a better one comes along."
E-mail No. 12
I know in my church denomination, if a pastor has a moral failure, taking responsibility means he loses his license for a minimum of two years and must step down from his position while he goes through counseling and works with accountability partners in an effort to restore his marriage and get his personal life in order. Accepting responsibility has to be accompanied by consequences. Maybe politicians should step down from public office for a minimum of two years…
Overland Park, KS
E-mail No. 13
"I accept responsibility" means you caught me red-handed, there's no one else to blames it on so here I am, what else do you want? I'm moving on so you just forget it too.
E-mail No. 14
How funny you brought that up. We here in LA are also wondering the same thing.
E-mail No. 15
I'm so glad you brought your blog back! You asked the question what does "I take responsibility" mean? To me it means "I'm sorry I got caught"
E-mail No. 16
What does it mean when a politician says, "I accept responsibility?"
It means he doesn't want the media to hound him. He thinks he's being slick by coming out and saying, "I did it!" and killing the "news" worthiness of the story.
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