The Lunch Hour with Jim Lehrer

Posted by Ryan Jerz on Monday May 24, 2004.

We got a little surprise today at work. Jim Lehrer rolled in a little after noon to have a few words with our staff and just kind of hang out. He had been in town for a funraising event for some big donors and was on the way back to the airport. It was a cool thing. Normally, our department has a meeting every Monday at lunch, so we were all there anyway. I didn’t figure he’d be all that interesting of a guy, but he surprised the hell out of me. The man was funny, talked like a normal guy, and really seemed to understand what regular people are like.

We got a good sense of what his life is like day to day, and he seems to have it down. I guess all the successful people do. For instance, the man has written 14 novels in his life despite his work on the News Hour. He told us that he will always find the time to do the things he wants to do. But in order to do that, he has to stop doing the things he doesn’t want to do. I took that to mean that he probably takes absolutely no part in crappy housekeeping duties. In fact, I’d be willing to bet that he hasn’t put a plate in the dishwasher in years. And you can pretty much screw any notion that he might break the vacuum out ever. That shit ain’t happening. The man is covering the world’s news in an hour each and every day, plus writing novels, so his wife can buck up and dust the freaking windowsills. Damn straight.

Dude also told us that he takes a nap every day. He said there’s a saying around the office that goes like, “If news happens between 1 and 2 EST, then it better happen under Lehrer’s couch, or it isn’t getting reported.” So now congress must sit out for an hour between 1 and 2. Those fools just want to get on TV, and if they make some lame-ass speech contradicting what they said three days ago, they definitely want it on the News Hour, so they sure aren’t going to be saying those things when Lehrer’s snoozing. I’ll bet the dude doesn’t even put the toilet seat down. Who has time when they’re cranking out naps in the middle of the day, writing novels, and reporting their asses off?

Oh yeah, the guy said “Hell” a lot. I think a couple of people were offended by that.

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