I had high hopes for this lecture. The Woman’s City Club’s annual lectures, held at the Wise Temple downtown, are often over-the-top wonderful. Last year’s was the down-to-earth and funny Diane Rehm of NPR fame, honest and open about her most and least favorite radio guests, answering political questions directly and clearly, just right on.
Ellen Goodman, a Boston Globe columnist I’ve really enjoyed in the Post and now in the Enquirer, just didn’t live up to her billing. The buzz wasn’t there, as witnessed by the good, but not great, crowd present.
A strong Clinton supporter in this town that went for Obama, she trod rather carefully around most political issues. In her columns, she is great at leading her readers through both sides of an issue, not being doctrinaire in any way. Somehow, that didn’t work during this lecture.
My feeling was that perhaps she’d delivered this lecture too often, and needed to refresh it to keep herself interested. She was not light and friendly with the audience, made no controverial or ‘look at this unusual angle’ comments, didn’t really involve us in the topics she discussed.
She seemed in some ways to be as out of date as the Geraldine Ferraro comments about Barack Obama she commented on.
A good evening, by no means a great one.