Her Awesomeness, Helen Thomas

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The fabulous Helen Thomas, last October.

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When asked the age-old question, "If you could have dinner with 3 people, living or dead, who would they be?" my first answer* is easy: Helen Thomas. The so-called Dean of the White House Press Corps has been covering presidents for over 60 years (count 'em — that makes 9 presidents), and if I had her over for dinner I'd want to keep my mouth shut and have her regale me with story after story. She's so fascinating, I probably wouldn't even feel hungry (because you know, keeping my mouth shut would make it pretty hard to eat). Filmmaker Rory Kennedy must feel similarly, because she's got a new documentary on the fabulous Ms. Thomas that is much like my imaginary dinner — while Rory can be heard questioning Helen occasionally, she's off-camera, and Helen Thomas shines. Thank You Mr. President: Helen Thomas at the White House is the most delightful 40 minutes I've spent in a while.

*Seriously, the other 2 change minute to minute. Right now I'm thinking... Hank Williams Sr. and Diana Vreeland.

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i'm no math wizard, but if helen thomas has been bagging presidents for 'over 60 years', that would mean she started in the 1940's. I was only six when President Kennedy was assassinated, but I do remember that was 1963. And I also know he wasn't president until 1960. So help me reconcile these two contradictory comments. Otherwise, I have to conclude that while Helen has been doing this for a long time indeed, it has NOT been for over 6 decades. 5, maybe, but not six.

Sent by lenette | 4:25 PM | 8-14-2008

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