Misquotes in the Dayton Daily News-

Spike Lee as Mars Blackmon with MJ in the backgroundI was at the Spike Lee talk at the Schuster Center- along with a whole lot of other people. Right at the beginning Spike talked which way this country to go- depending on our vote in the primary Mar. 4. There was a big delay before his final direction- but look what the paper quoted (I’m just including this to show how they don’t always get it right):

Spike Lee says he supports Obama, talks of childhood in Brooklyn
“We are living in some very exciting times,” said Lee, speaking at the university’s Diversity Lecture Series Monday. “And the months leading up to the election in November will determine which way this country is going to go; forward or backward. It’s up to you to do the right thing.”

What Spike said was “Forward, STAGNANT, or… backward”- referring to the Clinton campaign as the status quo option. I don’t have this on tape- but, I knew right then that Spike and I were on the same wavelength. Except, right after he said it- I mumbled about “how much more backward can we go?” which got a rise out of those sitting around me.

Just remember, when you read it in the Dayton Daily News- even if it has “quotes” around it- it doesn’t mean it’s verbatim. And, yes, I’m being a crybaby right now.

Anyone else hear the same thing? Any other thoughts about why Spike said? The online version of the DDN actually cut out the part that was in the paper about how Spike said “Parents are the biggest killers of dreams”- which is what I think a lot of people in attendance will be thinking about long past Spikes talk.

I’m thankful that my parents have supported my dreams and believed in me as long as I can remember- even when I did some things that sure seemed dumb at the time (buying a house for $14,500 in 1986 that looked like a dump).

And when I said I was going to run for Congress- Dad said: “Run, David, run” – actually, maybe I shouldn’t put that in quotes- he may have said “go, David, go”- but you get the point.

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No. I said, “Run, David, run.”

I do not believe, however, that Obama is all he’s cracked up to be. I’m sticking to Hillary and will vote for McCain if Obama gets the Democratic nod.

David Esrati
David Esrati

I’m sure a lot more people will vote against Hillary than will vote against Obama.
I’m sorry you think a Republican is a better solution than any Democrat. I’ll address your questions about the public funding and Obama’s campaign when I get a minute.
Glad I remember your quote right- thanks for supporting your crazy kid and his dreams.


Yep, I was there and definitely ‘STAGNANT’ was emphasized followed by a significant pause. I was a little hesitant that by starting political that he was going to maintain that course. I did not know what to expect from the evening but walked away entertained and with some extra insight. (And a few movies to add to the watch list.)

David Esrati
David Esrati

Thanks for verifying- I might be getting old- but, I’m pretty sure I still hear OK.


My experience with unions:

I was the network administrator for a 24/7/365 machine shop that specialized in precision drilling, down in the Cincinnati area. Though I never drilled a single part in my life, I spent hundreds of hours out on the factory floor, working on the computers that controlled all the drilling machines. One of the biggest problems I had to deal with were the machines that were brought in from the Ford/Sharonville plant – the unionized workers there would sabotage machines & their computers before they were sent to our shop, because our shop was non-unionized. They would cut wires, fill up the computers with oil/water, jam metal pieces into the gears of the drills, and even drill holes into electrical boards before putting them on the truck and shipping them to us.

Pretty crappy.

Now I can’t generalize and say “unions are bad” because of a few idiots somewhere else, but it didn’t help anyone to break all this equipment, and it was really freakin’ frustrating+expensive.