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I know I’ve been completely phoning it in lately. For anybody still out there visiting this blog, I can only apologize and offer up the lame excuse that the work I’m doing in getting my M.Ed (masters in education) is sucking up all my spare time and energy.

Trust me, however, I’ll be back. Sooner or later.

Until then, I’ll just keep phoning it in with stuff like the following cool quote from a candid moment with Barack Obama. It’s from a series Newsweek is doing called “Secrets of the 2008 Campaign.” The series idea is, in itself, an interesting way for media to try to keep people interested in (and reading about) the election for just awhile longer. I myself am glad the election is over so I won’t be so distracted by all the intrigue.

The debates unnerved both candidates. When he was preparing for them during the Democratic primaries, Obama was recorded saying, “I don’t consider this to be a good format for me, which makes me more cautious. I often find myself trapped by the questions and thinking to myself, ‘You know, this is a stupid question, but let me … answer it.’ So when Brian Williams is asking me about what’s a personal thing that you’ve done [that’s green], and I say, you know, ‘Well, I planted a bunch of trees.’ And he says, ‘I’m talking about personal.’ What I’m thinking in my head is, ‘Well, the truth is, Brian, we can’t solve global warming because I f—ing changed light bulbs in my house. It’s because of something collective’.”