Anchor's away: Schieffer visits Sabato
By Nicole Patterson
In a lecture class of over 300 students, one person is bound to fidget, check their phone, or maybe even fall asleep. But in Larry Sabato’s Introduction to American Politics class on Monday, March 4, no one stirred.
Who's the speaker that riveted the class for an hour? Bob Schieffer, anchor of Sunday morning news show Face the Nation at CBS News. Nearly a half-century into his journalism career with CBS, Schieffer’s achievements include serving as the anchor of the Saturday edition of CBS Evening News from 1973 to 1996, as the network's chief Washington correspondent since 1982, and moderating presidential debates in the last three elections– providing him with plenty of experience and wisdom to share. He discussed an array of topics from life advice to his view on the current state of politics. “Whatever you do, do something that’s fun and do something that you want to do," he urged the class. "You know we only get one trip to planet earth.”
Shifting the conversation to politics, Schieffer says, “We are in a mess. We are in a crisis. I have never, in the 45 years I have been in Washington and working at CBS News, I have never seen a situation where the government has become totally dysfunctional. It’s almost as if Washington has divorced itself from the rest of the country.”
Schieffer ended his talk on an optimistic tone explaining that he does, in fact, see hope for America. He notes, “Right now, I think things are in a very serious state, but I can feel that in the end, the American people will figure out a way, and this country will survive.”
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