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Iowans may be following the news closely now. But as NPR's Mike Pesca found out, not all Americans do.
To say farewell to 2007, we asked NPR reporters for their favorite moments from the year. And Mike sent these snippets from New York City.
MIKE PESCA: I invite you to recall an earlier time, March of 2007. "Wild Hogs" was tops at the box office. There were strong rumors that Fred Thompson would soon radically change the dynamic of the presidential race, and Lindsay Lohan had two more stints of rehab yet to come.
But in Washington circles, the number one topic was Alberto Gonzales. Would the embattled attorney general stay or go? It was one of those stories that had intrigues, speculation, and I noticed, very little penetration into the consciousness of most Americans.
To test this hypothesis, I hit the streets.
It's Alberto Gonzales. What do you think of him?
Unidentified Man #1: I didn't even know who that is.
PESCA: The name Alberto Gonzales, does that mean anything to you?
Unidentified Woman: Not really.
PESCA: Some people did have an opinion on Alberto Gonzales. However…
Do you think Alberto Gonzales could win the MVP?
Unidentified Man #2: Yes, he could.
PESCA: He could. What do you think his greatest strengths are? I mean, do you think of him more as a power hitter or a guy who could, you know, fill this position well?
Unidentified Man #2: I know he can definitely fill the position well. But he will be tested for the power hit coming up this season.
PESCA: Finding Americans who don't follow the news ain't that hard, doesn't prove much. And I did find a lot of people who were clued in, but it was one of those stories where press coverage and public interest didn't quite sink up.
Of course, in the end, Alberto Gonzales did resign. But on the positive side, he didn't wind up in the Mitchell Report.
Mike Pesca, NPR News, New York.
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