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The Sweetest Thing
Lynn Sweet is the DC bureau chief for the Chicago Sun-Times and writes a
column for the paper. She also is a columnist for The Hill. In '04 she was a
spring semester fellow at Harvard's Inst. of Politics in the Kennedy School
of Government. But today she's our Friday Feature:
Where's your hometown? What was it like growing up there? Chicago -- the north side. I loved hanging out at the lakefront beaches and
watching highrises grow taller and taller each year.
What was your first job?
As a kid, I was a vacation replacement on an afternoon paper route. For a
few weeks, I delivered the now defunct Chicago Daily News, an afternoon
paper. I rolled the papers and planted them in the oversized wire basket of
my balloon tired schwinn bike. I got my pay in cash in a little brown
envelope. My first newspaper job was at the Independent-Register in
Libertyville, Ill., a Chicago suburb.
What's your most embarrassing on-the-job moment? (Or as embarrassing as
you'd like to reveal?)
On my first job at the Independent-Register, I was sent out to take photos
for a story (a car dealer donating a car to Libertyville high school). I did
not know how to work the camera.
It's 2026 -- where are you and what are you doing? Probably still based in Washington and running marathons.
Name your favorite vacation spot. Just had a great time last September in Sedona.
What is your favorite book and why? Was just browsing through my new copy of the "Statistical Abstract of the United States: 2006."
What would be your last meal -- ever?
Finally, an easy question -- a variety of fatty Chicago foods which I
terribly miss in Washington: Uno's deep dish pizza; Al's Italian beef and
steamed vienna hot dogs.
What is the first section of the newspaper you read?
And finally, we're ending this feature with a question posed by the last
interviewee. This is from Kansas City Star's Steve Kraske: I got farther
than I ever imagined when I asked Al Gore if he still balanced broomsticks
on his nose for his kids. I had read somewhere that he used to do that.
That's when he grabbed the judge's gavel. Given that, here's my question:
What three questions can you ask a presidential candidate that are
guaranteed to cut through the standard patter and produce unprecedented
Well, if that is your concern, don't ask questions on topics the candidate
has already talked about. Plow new ground.
Now you can pose your own question -- any question -- to the next
interviewee. Be as nice, or as mean, as you wish.
Recorders -- tape or digital?