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Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 02/24/2011

Thursday feature: A turn to lighter fare

By Jennifer Rubin

In our Thursday feature, we ask prominent conservatives a nonpolitical question. Last week it was technology gadgets.

This week we ask: What was your most memorable trip?

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell:
"Israel in 2007 with other attorneys general."

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.): "CODELs [congressional delegation trips] to Iraq and Afghanistan -- meeting with our nation's bravest men and women, moved by their heroism and sacrifice."

Dana Perino (former White House press secretary, now a Republican consultant): "To South Africa after the White House -- we volunteered at a PEPFAR [U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief] site. Best thing I could have done to re-ground myself in the world."

Tucker Carlson (Daily Caller's editor in chief): "A trip to Iraq in 2003. It changed my view of many things."

Peter Robinson (former Reagan speechwriter, Hoover Institute fellow, founder of Ricochet.com.): "To West Berlin in April 1987, to gather material for President Reagan's address at the Berlin Wall that June."

Stephen Hayes (senior writer at the Weekly Standard): "To Freiburg, Germany, in 1992, where I studied for semester and traveled throughout Europe."

By Jennifer Rubin  | February 24, 2011; 12:00 PM ET
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Comments

Don't forget the September 2008 trip to Libya by then US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. She met with Muammar al-Gaddafi and the Bush administration hailed the event as historic.

Posted by: whocares666 | February 24, 2011 1:01 PM | Report abuse

and I guess we should include when obama met the king of saudi arabia, set a new record for how low a president can bow.

Posted by: Marin823 | February 24, 2011 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Tucker Carlson is a prominent conservative? *Choke*

Posted by: bertram2 | February 24, 2011 1:54 PM | Report abuse

All the conservatives go abroad and rather than bring back ideas to better our country try to determine how to change the former host countries.

Posted by: Mitchavery7 | February 24, 2011 2:13 PM | Report abuse

And, of course, there is their mutual future long-term excursion to Hell....

Posted by: josh13 | February 24, 2011 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Just another reason (pseudo-column) why Mz. Rubin should have her contract cancelled and she should disappear into the working wonders of WalMart....for a job!

Posted by: bigisle1 | February 24, 2011 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Tucker Carlsen is as prominent a conservative as Bill Maher is a prominent -- oh wait, that's his nose...never mind.

As for the question, ask me no questions, you'll get no lies -- maybe Willie Nelson's Fourth-of-July-Brain-Fry in KC?

Posted by: aardunza | February 24, 2011 3:55 PM | Report abuse


You probably should have asked Dick Cheney this question.

He probably has several!

Like the time he went hunting in Texas and shot his friend? Harry Whittington in the face.

Or how about when he held the energy seminar on the 10th day of the Bush administration so the oil companies could figure out ways to screw over the United States.

Dick just loves days like that!


Posted by: helloisanyoneoutthere | February 24, 2011 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Two places you never see U.S. politicians going, even though they figure prominently in U.S. foreign policy (see recent Obama administration Security Council 1-14 veto), are Gaza and the West Bank. Can't let too much reality intrude on U.S. foreign policy making.

Posted by: DJ_Spanky | February 24, 2011 7:06 PM | Report abuse

Quote.

"And, of course, there is their mutual future long-term excursion to Hell...."

End quote.

Classic reply Josh13. I stand in awe.

Posted by: JyriSulin | February 24, 2011 7:20 PM | Report abuse

Well this is lighter fare -- probably used one up for the encore calls. Indistinctly remember moving in when everyone cleared out preparatory to the Dead's four-hour set. After which it rained and rained and rained...Waylon Jennings came on late and left early due to his inclement nose. Kept on hearing 'Whiskey River' time and again. What was special was that Willie had shaved off his beard! Believe it or not, it's definitely an improvement. Welcome back Jimmy Carter -- not.

Posted by: aardunza | February 24, 2011 7:45 PM | Report abuse

And we got there via ELO at Omaha the night before. Whewwww....Those spinning cellos were something else.

Posted by: aardunza | February 24, 2011 7:50 PM | Report abuse

Hey, this edit box bug kinda grows on one -- spinning spinning cellos paints a pretty picture of the experience.

"Spinning and spinning the world goes on..." (from Les Bicyclettes Des Belsize, brung to you by Engelbert Humperdinck II)

Posted by: aardunza | February 25, 2011 6:29 PM | Report abuse

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