The hits from NBAA2008 just keep on coming and as soon as
business heats up a little in these chilly economic times, we're
likely to remember them quite fondly (we hope).
One of the highlights of this year was the return of veteran
political couple Mary Matalin and James Carville. This intriguing
pair spoke at NBAA's the Opening General Session, offering their
perspectives on this year’s election, and marking the
couple’s second appearance at an NBAA Convention.
Matalin, a Republican political pundit who once served on George
Herbert Walker Bush’s campaign, and who has served as Vice
President Dick Cheney’s top advisor, entertained the audience
with affectionate jabs at her husband, Carville, a Democratic
political pundit and former Clinton advisor.
Matalin and Carville shared anecdotes about each other,
explaining how they reconcile their stark political differences in
their married life. Matalin said, "I just don’t listen to him
– I haven’t read any of his books, except for my half
of the book that we wrote together." Carville stated that while
their politics may be different, "Mary is intelligent and
passionate," and he prefers to be with an intelligent and
passionate person who thinks, rather than not.
Both shared their perspectives on this year’s presidential
race, citing unpredictability and change as the only things that
can be certain for the coming month. "The one thing we agree on is
that something big is going to happen, but we don’t know what
it is," said Matalin.
Carville and Matalin agreed on the unprecedented pace of events
and developments that the world is experiencing overall, magnified
by the Information Age.
Carville emphasized his certainty that extraneous events would
transpire in the next month that could change the shape and outcome
of the presidential race. Using an aviation metaphor, Carville
said: "I can’t tell you to a certainty who’s going to
win, but we can expect a lot of weather issues between here and
landing. Lots of air traffic control delays. It’s certainly
not going to be a routine flight," he quipped.
The Opening General Session was concluded by the official
NBAA2008 ribbon-cutting, with the Federal Aviation
Administration’s Acting Administrator Bobby Sturgell cutting
the ribbon to officially open the show to Attendees.