Unless you've been living under a rock for the past few months, you know it's election season in the US of A. We've experienced surprises, disappointments and occasionally elation, regardless of our political persuasion. Now, with the Republican and Democratic conventions out of the way, we know the choice that lies before us: Team Trump or Team Clinton. Red or Blue. Conservative or Liberal. But, the biggest surprise of all has been the winnowing of this contest to a political neophyte and a career politician. How did we get to this point? How is the neophyte performing as well as the expert? And, what can we learn from this election?
Three years ago, I snagged an invitation to attend a tribute for Robert De Niro. I could list a lot of superlatives in praise of his acting chops, but I think we can all agree he is one of the greatest actors of his generation. He oozes gravitas and always seems to be in perfect control of himself. Seeing him in person was an illuminating experience, but not for the reasons you might expect... I discovered that Robert De Niro, the godfather himself, has stage fright.