Monday, December 03, 2007

John King Answers Our Questions



From Book Asylum:
Thank you for answering our questions. I admire the way that you ask and re-ask questions during interviews with individuals that are more interested in providing talking points than real answers without becoming combative with the person or putting them on the defensive.
You appear to have a real passion for politics. What initially attracted you to covering politics? Was there ever an interest in becoming the public servant instead of the one reporting on policy and politicians? (Will we one day see the formation of a John King for President Exploratory Committee?)


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Ha! If drafted I will not serve. (Unless it is chairman of the lounge chair testing commission.) Thank you for the question Book Asylum. I have never considered running for anything, and I think pigs will fly before I change my mind. But I do have a passion, maybe an addiction, for politics. Part of it stems from my dad; he read two or three newspapers every day and was active in his union and lived by the ‘if you don’t participate you can’t complain’ rule.’ He was an everyday guy, but passionate about his life and his beliefs. Then my first internship at the University of Rhode Island was for The AP helping cover the Rhode Island Legislature. It was such fun, and I couldn’t believe people got paid to do it. That was 23 years and six presidential campaigns ago. I love it – and I learn from it. As for questioning style, I’m an old AP guy – there are a lot of ways to “stunt dummies” in TV journalism these days. I was taught you can be tough AND respectful and let the facts and the answers (or non answers) speak for themselves.

From DH:
I notice that you wear a string type bracelet on your left wrist. Can you tell us its significance?


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It is a precious gift from my amazing Hannah. (Send me your colors, DH, and I will get you in the pipeline!) Eleven years young and the daughter of the luckiest man alive. It is getting a little battered but it stays until she makes me a new one. There was a time in my life when I was letting my work crowd out my children. It always does in the sense of the hours and time. But my head is in the right place now, and she and her brother make sure it stays there.

From Phebe:
Because of your position with CNN you see the Presidential candidates up close and personal. How do you decide who to vote for if you really don’t like/admire the man (or woman) but their platform mirrors your beliefs?
Also what is the best part of your job and what is the worst?


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Ohhhhh … Phebe is trying to crack the code! I am very lucky to get the chance to spend a lot of time with the candidates. I can’t really discuss how I make my own political decisions. I have been at this a long time and never talk about it. I am a passionate person and have my own beliefs. I like to think they don’t really fit any mold. But I don’t and can’t talk about them – I have one thing in my line of work and it is my credibility. That credibility is anchored in being fair. And being neutral.
Best: to see things up close.. in all 50 states and around the world. Paralyzingly sad things, nature’s fury, children’s tears, tears of indescribable joy at the Mandela inauguration. Meeting everyday people like my parents and neighbors who get to pick presidents.

Worst: too much time away from my children.


From Sheryn:
Hi John! Thanks for taking the time to answer our questions! I was remembering back to the time you were picked to be the pool reporter traveling with President Bush on Air Force One. What an honor! What did you enjoy most about that trip? What is the coolest gadget on Air Force One that you can tell us about?


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Sheryn, if I tell you I will have to …………..Just kidding! There is not, ala Harrison Ford, a secret escape pod. At least they are keeping that from me if there is. There are some cool gadgets designed to “distract” heat seeking missiles if they are coming your way. And the most awesome bank of monitors from which you can pretty much snoop in on anything gong on anywhere in the world. And the President has a dish and a widescreen in case he wants to catch the big game. All in all, not a bad ride!

Personally, what I enjoyed most was the hush hush takeoff: windows closed, anything that emits a signal (cell phone blackberry etc,) turned off so a missile couldn’t be targeted and a 747 taking off almost at a 90 degree angle like a tiny jet.

Professionally: seeing Bush meet Maliki for the first time and knowing you were watching something that would have such a huge impact on whether there will be a path from death and pain and frustration to political reconciliation.


From A Viewer in Virginia:
None of the candidates for president, of either party, strike me as any good, and I'm tired of voting for the one who will do the least amount of damage every four years. In your opinion, does a third party candidate have a chance to win the election this cycle? Or one of them that doesn't acquire their party's nomination? Thanks for all your hard work on the election trail.
John, You are my favorite sub for Anderson for AC 360.

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Thanks for watching and sorry I cannot address you by name beyond “A Viewer!”
The climate is so ripe for a third party effort, but winning is another matter altogether. From ballot access laws to access to the debate and so much more, the system is stacked against it. Can it be done? The wonder of our system is that nothing is impossible. But winning first time out in my view is near impossible. The bigger question I have is whether anybody “real” will make a commitment to building a new third party over a 10- 20-year period. Only then, if it was proven to have financial and voter support, might the two parties get a good scare in them.


From PurpleTie:
Where do you see yourself in 5 years? Would you like to have your own show on CNN
?

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No one in the management reads this right?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!
PurpleTie …like Phebe you seek the inner secrets (insert dramatic music here). I don’t know where I will be in five years. I am going to give this campaign all I have and then decide what comes next. I would love my own show under the right circumstances – something that mixed serious news but also had some fun, and took advantage of new ways to get people involved and interacting. But it’s a complicated business. I love what I do and CNN has given me endless and remarkable opportunities … my next year is going to being maddeningly busy (= fun ) so my view is one at a time. Then decide what next .. maybe in this business or maybe time to launch off in a new direction altogether. It’s a good uncertainty.

From ALS:
Do you like interviewing candidates better in the studio or on the campaign trail? Which candidate was the best interview so far this election season? What do you do during your downtime when you are on the CNN bus going from one place to another? Have a wonderful holiday season.


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I am always a fan of being as close as possible to the real campaign so the trail beats the studio. Best? Tough question … Ron Paul is interesting and different. Mike Huckabee is that potential spoiler and a very funny man. Romney and Rudy are so disciplined those interviews are great tests and challenges. McCain is one of the most intriguing figures in modern politics and has a dry sharp wit. So I can’t pick a “best” – let’s do this again next December and maybe I can give a better answer ALS! “Downtime” on the bus is usually spent writing or planning the next day (or next hour) … we might sneak a slice of pizza in there. No dance parties yet (though I bet
Tom Foreman has looser bus etiquette than yours truly!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)

From Quitty:
You are on the road a lot. What is a must-have in your suitcase when you travel on assignment?


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Must have: splitters that turn that one hotel outlet hidden in the worst possible place into a three prong so I can charge all my toys. (I keep three of them, because I need two and sometimes I lose one). Two cells. Blackberry, computer. Maybe camera, maybe ipod, maybe video camera – a lot to charge so I need those splitters. And one set of gym clothes even if I am certain there is no way I can work out. Because impossible always means possible. And two small photo albums so I can take a peek from time to time at the people who make me smile. That last one, Quitty, is the most important ……

From Cordelia:
When you made the switch from a print journalist to CNN, what did you do to prepare for the transition? Have you had any mentors?


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I have had a lot of wonderful mentors over the years. Back in my AP days .. my bosses Jon Wolman and Sandy Johnson were remarkably supportive of, at the beginning, a young kid in way over his head. Walter Mears, a Pulitzer Prize winner who is as fast a writer as he is fair, and he is as fast as they come, was also a great sounding board and just a quiet lead by example type. I was petrified by the switch. They promised me two months of training and I was on the air the second day. Truly a sweat through my shirt “Broadcast News” moment … But Cordelia in hindsight it was probably best I got tossed right into the pool and forced to swim. It has been 10 years now and I still have so much more to learn.


From Cyn:
John, how have you spent so many years covering politicians without becoming entirely cynical about the process and the people we elect?

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From Cyn comes the question about cynicism … hmmmmmm.
Most of the politicians I have known and covered are in it because they believe what they are espousing. Yes, the tactics and style for lack of a better word of the way campaigns are run nowadays can be disheartening. But most of the people involved have a passion, and the system almost always eventually finds the big crooks. The people then get to deal with the things they don’t like. Maybe it takes a while, but slow democracy isn’t such a bad thing. I do worry that my business feeds the cynicism some by treating it too much like sport. But for all its flaws it is a pretty remarkable enterprise and it has allowed me to see places and meet so many people who care passionately about issues and candidates …

From ACAnderFan:
John, since the United States has never had a woman president or an African American president, do you think this might have an effect on the relationship between the U.S. and other countries?


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It’s an interesting question, and ACAnderFan, a reminder of the potential history in this campaign. Both Senators Clinton and Obama promise a very different foreign policy than the Bush administration. They no doubt would pursue their goals, but history teaches us campaigning for president is very different from being president. Margaret Thatcher and Angela Merkel, among others, have blazed the “woman leader” trail, and Mrs. Clinton is a well known figure around the world. An Obama victory would be a more revolutionary development; there are of course many men and women of color leading their nations, but it would be a first for one of the so-called “leading” nations. I would like to hope policy would matter more than gender or color – but we won’t know until we are confronted with that new reality – if and when it comes.


From CSKitten:
How do you handle someone that you are interviewing when you know that they are point blank lying to you?

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Horrors! Lying is such a strong word CSKitten !!!!! All you can do, at least in my way, is be prepared with research and come back at it with facts or previous quotations. I’m not one to make judgments myself in 99 percent of cases – if you just re-ask the question and give the viewer the facts, they will come to their own judgments about truthfulness. Now that doesn’t mean you don’t say things like, for example, “Well senator that is very different from what you said back in XXXXX” or something like well wait a minute, listen to how you put it last time this came up …. There was ways to shine a light forcefully but respectfully.


From Kristien in Antwerp, Belgium:
I'm sure (well I hope) that all the presidential candidates are aware of the fact that the popularity of the US abroad has gone down these past couple of years. Not just in the more "obvious" countries, but also over here in Europe. Do you think that the candidates are concerned about this and will try to turn this around (or that maybe they don't care)? Thank you for answering.


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Kristien this is a major subplot of the campaign debate over foreign policy.
The Democrats are very critical of the Bush White House and blame the president and his policies for hurting the US image abroad. They promise to repair it, and all say more diplomacy is the answer. (Obama goes as far as saying he would meet with the leaders of Iran and Cuba, etc…)
The Republicans are less critical of Bush, but also talk about improving US diplomacy and making an effort to move past any relationships damaged in recent years.
The issues are one way to mend fences, and there are differences there. I am generalizing but the Democrats and one Republican, Senator John McCain, have dedicated considerable time to talking about climate change – one of the sources of friction with many European nations. The Middle East will be the obvious and urgent challenge, and what happens depends a lot on developments in the final year of the Bush administration.

From Melinda:
What do you miss most & least about being a White House correspondent?

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Most is the international travel. I learned a lot about the world and was forced to study issues that might not have come across my plate had it not been for a grueling but wondering eight and a half year ride on the White House beat. Least, Melinda, is what I call the hostage crisis; no disrespect intended at all. But you are tied to the building and to the president and sometimes it restricts your portfolio in terms of the stories you can report.

From Bridget Ann:
Several months ago you reported on the secret service training program. The story showed you trying out the "high tech simulator" that the agents train on. How did you do on the simulation?


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Thanks for asking! I am proud to say Bridget Ann that I was a pretty good shot. I had my producers worried and the Secret Service guys impressed with my aim. It was fun, and great to spend a day learning more about the Service. Those guys (and gals) are amazing; they get little credit for some of the most grueling and stressful work imaginable.

From Copperfish in the Philippines:
If your life were a book, how would you write it?


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In invisible ink. Or sealed until I am long gone! If my life were a book I would need to get more disciplined so the book had more order and structure to it. I am not sure it would be all that interesting, Copperfish. But I would insist it begin where I did, in a chaotic house where two people who had close to nothing managed to give their children more than everything..

From Aruna:
I think you are a fantastic correspondent for CNN and truly enjoy your work in the field and at the anchor desk. Thank you so much for answering our questions!

Is there a particular story or person that you've reported on that has changed the way you view yourself and your profession? (Or, if there was a turning point in your life or career that affected your future endeavors as a journalist?)
Thanks so much for your hard work and for keeping us all informed!


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Thanks, Aruna and so many of you for the kind words. Covering the aftermath of the tsunami more than anything else made me mindful of both the power and limitations of television. What you could see was devastatingly awful, and yet no matter how hard in tried I could not tell the stories with the power they deserved.

If I had to pick one moment as a “turning point” I would have to say 1988 when, working for The AP, I broke the news that Michael Dukakis would select Senator Lloyd Bentsen as his running mate. (100 years ago, huh!) I was 24 and they were about to tell me thanks and let more experienced people from Washington take over the campaign coverage. Because of that story, they felt they needed to keep me along and carve out a role for me. That campaign ended with a move to Washington. So in terms of defining my career, or at least my career path, that was the turning point.


From Millie:
What is the most beautiful or personally inspirational place you have ever visited around the world?

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Hi Millie. I’m not sure I have one. In Xian, China where they have the terra cotta warriors I was awed by the scope of the deception engineered so long ago absent any of today’s technological tricks. For inspiration, nothing beats the Mandela inauguration – watching three white officers in the whitest of white military uniforms hand control over to the prisoner turned president. Personally, I am a water person – a kayak ride in the turquoise waters off Turks and Caicos, for example, is a favorite memory.

From Em:
As the Senior White House correspondent for CNN, you had the opportunity to travel with President Bush. What changes are those most noticeable in him personally and in the reception he receives in other countries since you first began covering his presidency?


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Well, Em, the biggest change is obvious. The job is grueling and it takes its toll on anyone. So like those before him, he has in appearance aged more than seven years. (But so did I on that beat!) … He pays close attention and knows who is writing/reporting what about him – so you can get a glance or a quick aside if he thinks you are wrong. But he remains a very personable man, politics aside. But the stress and toll of being a wartime president is more than evident. As for overseas, there are bigger protests and demonstrations in most places now because of the unpopularity of the Iraq war in most places overseas.

From Sapphire
Hello John: Greetings from Canada! Thanks for taking the time to answer some of our questions. I really enjoy watching you on all the various CNN programs and as a sub on AC360.
My question for you is with all the stress involved with the ever changing political news scene, what do you do that helps relieve your stress? What do you do for fun during your “me time”?


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“Me” time is increasingly hard to come by Sapphire so I try to make the most of it. My son just finished fall baseball and football season – and my daughter soccer and basketball, so a lot of my free time is spent at sports events. Which I love. I also love to cook, and do so whenever I can.. It’s a great creative outlet and a chance to sample the meal and the wine as you go! When travelling I try to always find time for the gym and a walk around just to see where I am, even if it is a familiar place. We snuck away for an hour at the Corcoran one recent weekend to see the Annie Liebowitz exhibit, which I highly recommend. I love water and outdoors and, believe it or not, handyman projects.

From Cactuskid:
Hi, John! I really like your contributions on CNN and Anderson Cooper 360. And I especially like you as a substitute guest host on AC 360. Thanks for all the great reporting and hard work that you do! I hear you are a handyman around the house and is that what you like to do in your spare time or what other things do you like to do to relax and unwind. Thanks!


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Well there you have it – I had answered Sapphire’s question before I read on to see what was next. I am not sure how you know about my love of handyman work – but it is very true Cactuskid. My dad did odd jobs after retiring – carpentry, plumbing, electrical work, etc and I was his “gopher” as a kid and loved to watch. I am not in my dad’s league skills wise but I enjoy it as a stress reliever and because it reminds me of him. So that is one way to unwind and get things in order. I also love sports and if not watching my children, sneak in the Red Sox or the Patriots. I am a Washington Wizards season ticket holder and a big NBA fan as well.


From Lisa:
When you personally feel strongly about a subject and you have to interview someone that feels the opposite how are you able to stay unbiased and neutral?


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I try my best Lisa. I am human, but I have spent my entire life keeping my personal beliefs out of my work and like to think I am reasonably good at it. When I have any inkling that I might be in a danger zone I tell the people I am working with to double and triple check .. and hold myself to an extra high standard. And I try to keep track, respectfully, of any criticisms of my work and try to understand what disappoints me. Even if I am certain I was objective, maybe from criticism I can learn a different way to word something, or approach an issue the next time that makes my work more thorough or understandable.

From C. Chang:
Hi, I'm a high school student, who, like you, aspires to tell my insights and analysis on the political world someday. What's the best piece of advice for anyone pursuing a career in political journalism? Thanks.


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My best advice is read and write voraciously. Learn to set your personal opinions aside and always respect the views of others. And don’t be afraid to start small – you can learn more in a smaller town or market where you get to do a little bit of everything. Be patient, and have fun. Good luck!

From Katie:
Hi John,
Thank you for taking the time to answer our questions. As a resident of Iowa, I have to say that we Iowans take the responsibility of being ‘first’ very seriously. There’s an old joke about Iowans not deciding who they will vote for until they've met each candidate at least seven times. As you probably know, that’s not far from the truth. I also think that caucuses are good for Iowa vs. a primary because only people who have researched the candidates and have strong political interest tend to participate. The results are always well-informed and they are a good predictor for the national scene.

So, what are your thoughts on the role that Iowa plays in the elections? Do most candidates put too much time into Iowa, or is that time well spent in the long run? And do you think that the caucus/primary system works as it is or should changes be made?

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Katie is looking for a huge headline when I play whack a mole with the Iowa caucuses. Not happening!!!!! Kidding. I love Iowa. And I leave it to the political parties to sort out the order of the nominating contests. The personal contact you speak of is special and limited to a few early states, and it adds some unpredictability to the process. I think the crowded mess that is this cycle’s calendar will be the source of considerable reflection after this campaign. But every time we say they will stretch it out some and every time they pack more in early. So don’t bet on big changes!


From Evelyn:
You've been in news for quite a few years now. You started at a wire service and made your way to broadcast journalism. What gives you the drive to go out and find the stories and how do you keep that passion alive for so many years? Also, was it a tough transition to make from print to broadcast journalism? What advice do you have for someone just starting out in the news business?


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Hello Evelyn. Twenty three years and counting. I love what I do and if my passion for it fades, then I hope I have the guts to say time to go. But I’m not done yet. The transition was tough in many ways. Oral and written communication are very, very different. I am still not happy with my writing for television …again, to anyone starting out I think the most important thing is work on writing skills and get whatever opportunities you can to report … school newspaper, small weeklies, whatever you can to get experience.

From Penny:
The other night, on AC360, you said “I wanted to do this [Dancing With The Stars update] dancing, but they made me sit down in the chair."
Would you ever follow in fellow newsman Tucker Carlson’s footsteps and compete on Dancing With The Stars?


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Only if you can teach me to dance Penny. I cannot dance. I would like to learn. But compete – nope. Never!

From Maya:
Hi John! I thought I'd ask you a couple of fun questions today! First, what's on your iPod? Second, what's in your Netflix queue? Thanks for taking some time with us today. I can't wait to read your answers!


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One is going to disappoint you Maya: no Netflix queue! I am rarely home and so I rent or do on demand but I don’t have a steady stream coming through the mail slot that I will never see. As for what I like, I’m all over the place .. good dramas, comedy, I obviously see a fair amount of movies aimed at younger folks!

My iPod is also a case study in my love of varied things. I was raised on what I guess is now Classic Rock. The Who. Zeppelin. I like Elvis Costello and Joe Jackson. But I also have Janet Jackson and Beyonce on there for the gym or when I am tired and need to get energy before TV. But you can also click and wander through James Taylor and Josh Groban and then find yourself listening to Eric Clapton or Bob Dylan. And blues.. and some Mozart… I’m a mess! I couldn’t tell you what I am in terms of musical tastes … but I know what I like.

I guess this is the end. Thank you for a great mix of thoughtful questions and so many kind comments about my work. I hope I answered them – if I failed to do so in any way, let me know. I hope you know any flippancy is just me …. Your interest in Anderson and 360 and the reporting of CNN is a vital part of what we do – kick the tires when you think they need a kick, we need it!

Thanks again – and take care.

John .



24 comments:

BookAsylum said...

@John, thanks so much for answering mine and everyone else’s questions. It was great fun getting to read your answers.

chairman of the lounge chair testing commission? Now there's a seat of power.

@Phebe, thanks for putting together another great Q&A!

Kristien said...

Great questions everyone!
Thanks to John for giving great answers to all of them!!

Purple Tie said...

Thank you John for answering our questions! It's so nice of you during what is probably a very busy time. Keep up the good work!

ACAnderFan said...

John, thank you so much for taking time out of your busy schedule and answering our questions!!! Thanks again, and keep up the great work and I hope to see you again 360 soon :)

Phebe, thanks for setting up this Q&A, it has been my favorite on thus far :)

anne said...

Oh I enjoyed reading the Q@A with John so much-what a nice guy-with a great sense of humor too!

You have done a great job in bringing us these Q@A's,and hope they can continue.

Thanks,ladies!



Oh and I was hoping for more Anderson on LKL last night,he only appeared for maybe 5 minutes,but the Heroes special should be good.

Anonymous said...

It is so nice to hear from John King.

Looks like perhaps another special planned for this Friday night at 10 and no 360? I've been seeing the ads for it.

Viewer in Virgina said...

terrific answers from an interesting and committed journalist. many thanks for taking the time to answer.
and thanks to Phebe for having the nerve to ask!!! That took some cojones.

Millie said...

Wow!! Those were amazing questions!!! Thanks everyone for submitting them and thanks to John for taking time to sit and write answers.

I just love how his sense of humor really comes through. Now we know answers to some of the more interesting questions we've had. (ie the braclet)

Thanks again Phebe and John!! Hats off to both of you!

snooks said...

Those were great questions and John King's answers were terrific - when did he even find the time with the schedule he keeps - he is a true professional and obviously a great dad

It would be great to hear from Candi Crowley as a female journalist on the campaign trail

Sapphire said...

Wow everyone, great questions. A big thank you to John for taking the time to do this Q&A with us and for doing it so quickly. I absolutely enjoyed reading the questions along with the answers.

Phebe another great Q&A....thank you very much for putting this one together. You are the best!

The LK special last night was so great and all 6 of the nominees for viewer's choice are totally amazing and all are winners. I enjoyed seeing Anderson and Christiane too although far to short. I would have loved seeing them interact with the nominees. Must have been Thursday when he wore the lovely red polka dot tie :)

criss said...

Wow, John King seems like a pretty cool guy. Great sense of humor and smart too. I was surprised to hear he listens to Beyonce. lol

Anonymous said...

I liked when John King described his daughter Hannah as the daughter of the luckiest man alive.

Em said...

Thanks Phebe for putting together this great Q & A. The questions people sent John were amazing. Everytime you do one of these Q & A's, I think "It just doesn't get better than this!" and then you give us more. You just made my day!

@John, if you happen to read this blog, I want to say thank you! I am so impressed. I am a political junkie so I love your reporting. It was interesting to find out your love of politics come from your father...a union man and avid newspaper reader. I also developed my love of politics from listening to and debating my father. He is diehard union man and, although virtually uneducated, reads three papers cover to cover every morning! I am sure your father is extremely proud of you and the outstanding career you have forged. Thanks for making time in your busy schedule. It sounds like we all really enjoyed your responses!

Didi said...

Thank you John King. I have more respect for you as a world class journalist after reading the Q&A. You have such poise and fluency in your delivery.

There is definitely something about a very smart man with so much wit and who cares so deeply for his family.

Thanks to the great Q&A. It would be great to hear from Soladad one of these times.

cactuskid said...

Thanks so much John for answering all of these questions when I know you had to be so very busy! Very thoughtful answers! I can't remember how I knew you were a handyman, but I know that I did read it somewhere. You sound like a great father and must be so proud of your children!

Wonderful Q&A all! So many great questions! Thanks, Phebe, for these opportunities to get to talk with these great reporters!

Pati Mc said...

John,

I have always had the utmost respect for your reporting and for you as well.

You are so astute, diplomatic, honest, smart and very funny! I guess that is how you handle all of the politics! Laugh! :)

I enjoyed your iPod selections - there is so much diversity there - that is what makes the world go around, in my humble opinion.

Thanks for taking the time to answer all of these amazing questions. I learned a lot about you and I have to say, I respect and admire you more now than ever. (I would not have thought that was possible!)

Add me to the list who prefer you as a sub when Anderson is on assignment. You go a great job and I always enjoy seeing you and hearing your reports.

Keep on keepin' on John and thanks to The Amazing Phebe for setting this up. I agree with Viewer in VA, that took guts! Who will be next? Can't wait to find out. I have to get on the stick and ask a darned question myself! LOL

Millie said...

I've often wondered what everyone would ask if Phebe hit the mother lode of all Q and A sessions: Anderson Cooper!

Phebe have you ever attempted to do so? With all your CNN contacts, I imagine you might have a shot at it. That would be pretty impressive!

Phebe said...

Thanks to everyone for the thoughtful questions. It's wonderful to get to know some of our favorite CNN personalities a little better. And a big thank you to John King for taking the time to answer our questions. Who knew he liked to cook? Maybe he'd cook me a meal if I gave him those dance lessons he said he needed? ;)

Millie said...

@ Phebe, I think now there will be a line of his loyal viewers wanting to give him free dance lessons, cooking lessons, sailing lessons, etc....

@bookasylum, "Now there's a 'seat' of power" too funny!!!!

@didi Your remarks are right on!

copperfish said...

JK did well in answering the questions. They're great and funny as well. It seems that beneath his answer to my question lies quite a sad story. A lot of thanks to him!!

Pixiedust said...

Wow, what great questions and GREAT answers. (Bummed about the Dancing With the Stars answer!)

It's nice to see his sense of humor follows him from the screen to the keyboard!

Thanks Phebe and everyone who contributed to such a great interview!

Pixiedust said...

Wow, what great questions and GREAT answers. (Bummed about the Dancing With the Stars answer!)

It's nice to see his sense of humor follows him from the screen to the keyboard!

Thanks Phebe and everyone who contributed to such a great interview!

Sheryn said...

Dear John, You know I don' think I've ever written a Dear John letter before! LOL! Thanks for the wonderful answers. I had a delightful time reading your terrific responses!

Um, you can count on me to "kick the tires" as you say! In fact, I think you've named my new segment. Instead of Lookout here comes a rant..., now it's John said I should kick the tires, right? LOL!

Seriously though, It was a pleasure to have you visit our home here at ATA! Thanks again!

Aruna said...

John King is the KING! John, thank you so much for taking time to answer our questions so thoroughly! It's fantastic to get to know journalists outside of their jobs and it really feels like we all got to meet you in person! (Aside from those who already have ;)

Hope to continue to see you as often as possible on '360'!! All the best!!

Many thanks to Phebe for setting this up, it was a pleasure to read!