I was in NYC today, taping the CNN special on the new sequel to IOUSA the movie, called “IOUSA Solutions”–produced again by husband-wife team Patrick Creadon and Christine O’Malley. I was certainly the least famous person on the studio panel which was comprised of Bill Bradley, Pete Peterson, David Walker, Maya MacGuineas (president of Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget), Amy Holmes (conservative talk radio host), and CNN’s Joe Johns and Jeanne Sahadi. Christine Romans was the host, and she did a wonderful job. (She’s expecting son #3 by the way!) Not sure why I was invited, but it was fun, and I didn’t even feel tempted to kick Amy Holmes under the table, by the way.
The two-hour special is supposed to air on CNN this Saturday at 1 pm EST and Sunday at 3 pm EST, “barring breaking news” as the producer puts it. I will keep you posted.
The photo is of me with my post-CNN-taping hair and makeup, self-captured on my webcam on my ride back to DC on the Amtrak–that’s the “on track” reference. I think CNN’s NYC studio does better hair and makeup than their DC studio. Or maybe I’ve gotten more fond of the very heavy makeup because I realize it really does make one look younger. My appearance in the CNN studio is quite the contrast to how I look in the actual documentary (where I have maybe one sentence, about the Bush tax cuts, of course), where I had gotten only a few hours sleep the night before and was being interviewed at Concord–where we don’t exactly keep a makeup artist. Maybe you’ll see what I mean later this week.