St. Paul : Hi Gwen — How is your ankle? Hope it’s healing nicely. How miffed do you think the Obama team is that Hillary Clinton is hemming and hawing about whether to take the SoS job? And assuming that she does take it, what might we see in her confirmation hearing? Given her popularity in the Senate, it would seem like it would be nothing more than a going through the motions love fest, or will Republicans take a hard line just for show?
Gwen Ifill: Thanks for asking, my broken ankle is mending nicely, although I still look a little like Frankenstein when I try to walk.
Anon: Gwen: On the lighter side… Now that the election is over, what did you think of Queen Latifah’s impression of you on SNL? What did she get wrong? What did you see that you did not like? Or is just being mentioned good enough?
Gwen Ifill: Are you kidding? Being played by Queen Latifah was great. I have enough of a sense of humor about myself not to nitpick.
Minneapolis, Minn.: Hey, Gwen… big fan for years.
I was wondering if PBS or CNN should have put together a 1 hour program containing the top Black journalists to discuss the historic election of Obama, in light of ABC’s Steve Osunsami’s emotional piece on election day (I thought it was understandable and appropriate).
I would’ve liked to see you, Osunsami, Rahemma Ellis, Randall Pinkston, and Clarence Page on Larry King Live or a special PBS program discussing this.
I’m sure you were beaming with pride, but gee, you sure kept your cool!
Gwen Ifill: Just like reporters of any background, African Americans are able to hold two thoughts in our heads at once. It is possible to appreciate the moment one is witnessing and cover it professionally too.