First female Secretary of State and former Ambassador to the United Nations, Albright appeared in the final season of Pawnee’s documentary, Parks and Recreation. Today, she still serves as chairwoman of the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs.
From the Pawnee Journal Staff, may you eat many more waffles!
In January 1998, President Clinton invited a couple dozen people to Camp David for a weekend screening of the movie “Good Will Hunting”. The guest list included film actors Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Robin Williams, and Minnie Driver; along with film director Gus Van Sant and producer Lawrence Bender.
Other guests included National Security Advisor Sandy Berger, Senator Tom Daschle, Secretary of State Madeleine Albright; Clinton friends Terry and Dorothy McAuliffe; Harvey Weinstein (Miramax); and actress Gwyneth Paltrow.
The weekend included a tour of the presidential retreat; watching the NFL football playoffs on a big-screen TV in Laurel Lodge; a formal five-course dinner also in Laurel; the Good Will Hunting screening in the movie theater in Hickory Lodge; and some late-night bowling.
A REALLY, REALLY LONG LIST OF THINGS I LOVED OR OTHERWISE HAD VERY STRONG EMOTIONS OVER IN SUPERGIRL 221, SCENE BY SCENE BECAUSE THERE WERE TOO MANY TO WRANGLE INTO ANY FORM OF ARTICULATENESS – a list by me
remember that time rhea and lena went on a date? good, me too.
the previouslies also reminded me that lena was wearing open toed shoes in a laboratory. hmph.
THE BEDROOM SCENE THAT RUINED MY MORNING
lena, lena’s face, and lena’s dress: all beautiful
BUT HOW LONG WAS SHE ASLEEP
WHO PUT HER IN THAT BEAUTIFUL DRESS
WAS IT QUEEN RHEA HERSELF
DID SHE BRUSH LENA’S HAIR TOO
DID SHE STROKE IT TENDERLY
DID SHE WHISPER, ‘GAY MARRIAGE ISN’T LEGAL ON DAXAM, AND DESPITE BEING A MONARCHY I CANNOT CHANGE THAT. BUT OH, FOR YOU I WISH I COULD. ALAS YOU MUST MARRY MY USELESS SON INSTEAD. BUT PLEASE KNOW I WISH IT WAS I WOULD WAS MARRYING YOU, LENA LUTHOR. I WISH IT WAS I.’
i mean. *cough*
i’m literally paused at 00:33 right now. this is going to be long.
‘i’ve been taking care of you.’ ‘…but i did it for you, too. i mean what i said on the ground, you are a marvel. and i know that you are meant for bigger things, better things. this is a planet of wasted potential and you represent the best of your race. i’m going to make a society worthy of you.’ ‘you’re where you belong: beside me, presiding over this new world that we will create together.’
I’M SORRY I’M STILL CONFUSED ABOUT HOW ANY OF THIS NECESSITATED LENA MARRYING MON-FUCKING-USELESS AND NOT RHEA HERSELF. CAUSE QUEENY CERTAINLY SEEMS DOWN.
‘supergirl tried to stop you. i should have stopped you.’
the thing i love about lena luthor is that her default position is the same as winn’s: by being her very best human self, she can be a hero too. 😘
‘you lied to me and used me.’
WHEN WILL SOMEONE LOVE THIS GIRL FOR REAL *SMOTHERS LILLIAN WITH A PILLOW*
CHAOS ON THE STREETS
GIANT RHEA HEAD.
photos of maggie with that shotgun have been all over the internet for weeks and yet seeing it on tv WAS STILL VERY EXCELLENT.
‘is maggie safe?’
winn my smol son, your love for those girls fills my heart.
ALEX NOT LOOKING BEFORE SHE LEAPS. IN FACT THE VERY OPPOSITE OF THAT.
i’m so glad they have finally worked out a way to film kara carrying people because that was getting awkward.
OH MY GOD THOUGH, ALEXANDRA DANVERS.
GIANT RHEA HEAD.
it bears repeating.
MEANWHILE, IN SPACE
‘what you do need me for?’ asks mon-el.
YOU SAID IT BUDDY.
‘and who’s the lucky earthling that won the marry an alien invader sweepstakes?’
HIS FACE WAS A FACE THAT SAID ‘OH MY GIRLFRIEND IS GOING TO BE SO MAD WHEN SHE FINDS OUT I’M MARRYING HER GIRLFRIEND.’
MEANWHILE, IN THE UNNAMED ALIEN BAR THAT ALL OF PLANET EARTH KNOWS ABOUT
HUGS FOR JAMES
HUGS FROM KARA
HUGS FROM ALEX
(I BET THERE WAS HUGS FROM WINN)
KISSES FOR MAGGIE
alex’s ridiculous grabby hands 😍
‘i’m so glad that when things look their worst we both thought to run straight to a bar.’
LILLIAN IS HERE TO BE VERY TALL AND OF SERVICE
HOW DID SHE FIND THEM???
HOW DID SHE KNOW THEY HAVE LENA???
WHERE IS DEAN CAIN???
(look. there is some very serious fuckery going on in superhero comics these days. steve rogers is a goddamn nazi. so this whole teaming up with genocidal xenophobes thing is a little uncomfortable. and by a little uncomfortable i mean i really wish they had not done this.)
‘and we can save our loved ones and this city.’ ‘you mean your daughter who you kidnapped and framed?’
YOU TELL HER, KARA.
‘the love i feel for my daughter is real.’
brenda strong needs to get out of here because for half a second i actually believed lillian AND I DON’T ACTUALLY BELIEVE LILLIAN.
LONG DISTANCE FACETIME
(also rhea was referred to as my lord, which was… very 1980s gender politics of them.)
EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS ENTIRE EVERYTHING WAS EVERYTHING AMAZING
CAT IS HERE
CAT IS HERE AND IS HANGING OUT WITH THE PRESIDENT AND IS HERE TO SPEECHIFY ABOUT HOW AWESOME WOMEN ARE.
‘i’m cat grant, known on earth as queen of all media.’
‘i have brokered peace between kanye and taylor swift.’
‘we’ve all read the t-shirts.’
and then cat stepped in it and THEN AIR FORCE ONE FELL OUT OF THE SKY AND CAT FELL OUT OF AIR FORCE ONE AND KARA SAVED CAT FROM FALLING OUT OF THE SKY AND HONESTLY I’M NEVER RECOVERING FROM THAT BEING A THING THAT HAPPENED.
DID I MENTION THAT I AM SO, SO GLAD THAT THEY FINALLY WORKED OUT HOW TO FILM KARA CARRYING PEOPLE?
BECAUSE I’M PRETTY DAMN GLAD THEY WORKED THAT OUT.
‘well at least tell me you’re still a democrat.’
CAT I HAVE MISSED YOU SO MUCH.
HAIL, HAIL, THE GANG’S ALL HERE
WINN HUGGED CAT
CAT KIND OF HUGGED HIM BACK
‘it’s very french resistance.’
so… the deo. ‘well, you do a bang-up job,’ she says, eyeing the sky full of alien spaceships.
CAT I HAVE MISSED YOU SO MUCH.
‘i just hitched a ride with olivia… she was my RA at radcliffe, and i’m having this vague memory of walking into the dorm bathroom and seeing ET in a bathrobe and i thought it was the pot brownies but…’ ‘and darling i love you just the way you are, scales and all.’
and then madeleine albright called.
CAT I HAVE MISSED YOU SO MUCH.
CAT WENT TO RADCLIFFE.
CAT AND THE PRESIDENT DEFINITELY HAD A THING.
CAT HAS BEEN BACK FOR ALL OF FIVE MINUTES AND IS APPARENTLY THE GAYEST OF THEM ALL OKAY THANKS BYE.
alex is in charge!
alas, she is in charge of making terrible choices. sorry, alex.
SPACE: THE TASTY FRONTIER
‘the prince and his beautiful, brilliant bride-to-be…’
STILL NOT CONVINCED RHEA DOESN’T WANT TO MARRY LENA HERSELF.
lena luthor: SO. FUCKING. DONE.
i’m really into what rhea did with her makeup though.
‘we are not getting married, and we are *gags* certainly not giving you an heir.’
PROCREATION VIA LOCKS OF HAIR.
[INSERT FIVE THOUSAND YEARS OF SCREAMING HERE]
LENA’S FACE IS SO. SO!!!!!!
‘i hope for the best but prepare for the worst.’
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?!?!?!
if they, oh god, if they actually make this child, oh my god, IF NEXT SEASON LENA HAS SOME KIND OF BABY OFFSPRING OUT THERE IN THE UNIVERSE SOMEWHERE. I. OH GOD, I AM FAINT AT THE POSSIBILITY. OH MY GOD, FAM. OH MY GOD.
i need to just put this feeling in a box and set the box on fire and bury the ashes in a pit the size of the grand canyon because OH MY GOD.
‘yes, you’ve made your feelings for me abundantly clear, lena’.
RHEA IS VERY UPSET THAT LENA DOESN’T WANT TO BE FAMILY WITH HER.
THE LUTHOR FAMILY CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL
‘you care about the little people.’
IS LENA LUTHOR ACTUALLY THE SWEETEST PERSON ON THE PLANET?
(how much fun do you think teri was actually having devouring all that scenery and threatening to murder sick children? on a scale of 1 to 10 i assume it was about a 15.)
MANDATORY DANVERS SISTERS SCENE #1
‘mon-el and lena are still up there… imagine if it was maggie.’
TRASH QUEEN CAT GRANT
someone actually thanked kara for saving them.
and of course it was cat, because of course it was cat.
‘it’s my boyfriend and my best friend.’ ‘…but all i can think about is the two people i love…’
cat: it’s human. kara: i’m not human. you know she thought it.
HAVE I MENTIONED THAT I MISSED CAT SO DAMN MUCH?
even when she’s being a little bit fetishistic about the spiritual enlightenment of ~foreigners~, i guess.
but honestly, GO SAVE THE PEOPLE YOU LOVE, OTHERWISE WTF IS THE POINT OF LIVING? not the worst advice ever.
‘i’ve really missed your advice, ms grant.’ ‘yeah, and i’ve really missed giving it.’
SHE’S REALLY MISSED GIVING ADVICE.
PLEASE COME BACK.
‘that is still so…’
HOT. SHE WAS GOING TO SAY HOT.
something something exposition
I LOVE YOU MY SMOL SON WINN.
sidebar: i can’t believe they just randomly introduced the very real threat of being sent to the phantom zone and there was nothing from kara on that being a thing that she’d probably really like to not have happen.
‘i’m the queen of distraction.’ 😍
and also the queen of loving winn, god bless.
robohank is an actual asshat, i’m glad they never forget that.
WINN AND KARA HAVE ZERO SUBTLETY.
MANDATORY DANVERS SISTERS SCENE #2
‘i know you’re fast but just be faster.’
OMINOUS SCENE OF FORESHADOWING
‘you know my real identity, but you never told lena. why is that?’ ‘eventually she’ll find out on her own. find out you’ve been lying all this time. and when she does she’ll hate you for it.’
LENA IS GOING TO FIND OUT.*
ALL MY DREAMS ARE COMING TRUE. ALL MY DREAMS ARE HAPPENING.
but lord does lillian not know her daughter, the sweetest person on the whole entire planet apparently, at all.
i’ve been team lena needs to find out and be pissed all season but never really thought that was going to happen. then with the doubling down on BFFs 4 EVA that’s been going on the last few weeks i was starting to think there was a chance they would actually go there, but after this?!? hahahahahah, there’s no way. or rather, there is away, and sometimes these writers are total hacks, so there is is definitely a way. but man, there’s no way.
(ideally: she’s going to be so hurt, and it’s going to break my heart, but she’ll understand. because that’s my bb space princess. she understands.)*
‘when this is over, we go back to being enemies.’ ‘i look forward to it.’
if people ask me why i actually love this show, this moment will be what i show them. i’ve watched it like seven times now and i’m still laughing.
honestly, it looks like something from project runway’s wearable art week. fabulous.
‘yeah, i’m good.’
ngl, i’m sad they didn’t manage to get through the ceremony. not that it means anything, BUT I WANTED THEM TO BE MARRIED.
two days ago, @poppyssupergirl asked what kind of candle cat would have around, and I WAS 100% VINDICATED BY THIS EPISODE.
‘i’m going to have to burn sage for like a century’
cat, let me get you the number of a journalist in riverdale who engages in casual occultism.
also, how does cat know what a west hollywood gym smells like?
‘where is james olsen? this is the biggest story in the history of the world.’
NO ONE CARES ABOUT JOURNALISM ANYMORE, CAT. NO ONE.
‘james is hiding like a coward.’ ‘and kiera? where is she?’ ‘she’s also a coward.’
because on no planet anywhere does cat not know, i like to believe that sometimes she just… forgets. that little face at the end is her brain reminding her because, oh yeah, kara is not also a coward. does not compute.
‘i’ve got a very trusted agent on my 6′
MAGGIE IS THE VERY TRUSTED AGENT ON ALEX’S 6.
SPACE WEDDING INTERRUPTUS
(teri hatcher is so fucking pretty holy heck.)
acting regent? that’s… different.
ngl, i definitely screamed DAMMIT CAT, THEY DIDN’T EVEN GET TO THE KISS. because i enjoy some terrible things.
GIANT CAT HEAD.
‘they promise to make our world great again.’
LENA IS INSPIRED BY CAT.
‘not going anywhere.’
ARE YOU COMING BACK FOR REAL THOUGH????? DON’T TOY WITH ME, WOMAN.
‘it’s a shame your politics are so intractable. you’re very useful.’ ‘my politics? i thought it was my alien genetics that were the problem.’ ‘just take the compliment.’
WHY COULDN’T WE HAVE HAD THIS SHOW ALL SEASON?
‘do your thing R2.’
KARA MADE A STAR WARS REFERENCE.
‘that’s my girl.’
LEAVE LENA ALONE, YOU MONSTER.
SERIOUSLY, WHY DO YOU WANT HER????
‘as your prince, i order you to lay down your weapons and let us go…yeah, i didn’t think that was going to work either.’
SO GLAD YOU FINALLY THOUGHT TO TRY SOMETHING, USELESS.
i really only mention this bit for the OH SO CASUAL WAY LENA JUST STROLLS BY, TAKES THE GUN, AND THEN SHOOTS THE GUARD NBD, AND IS LIKE FFS LET’S GO.
her stompy little wander off 😘
‘break that.’ ‘this?’ [EYE ROLL] ‘yeah.’
‘i can see why kara loves you.’ ‘likewise.’
*OKAY SO THIS IS REALLY IMPORTANT. BECAUSE THERE ARE TWO WAYS TO INTERPRET THAT LIKEWISE.
1. ‘i can see why kara loves you also.’ and thus, lena knows mon-el is mike.
2. ‘i can also see why kara loves me.’ and thus, lena doesn’t know mon-el is mike, but she does know that kara loves her.
I DON’T KNOW WHICH ONE I WANT.
because lena knowing kara loves her? be still my heart.
but lena knowing mon-el is mike? means she probably knows kara is supergirl.
or she’s a fucking moron, which i wouldn’t put it past this show to try to tell me.
ALMOST SPACE PRINCESS IS SO PROUD OF HER MACGYVERING THE THINGO WITH HER SPACE TIARA.
‘HI.’ ‘Hi. UH. KARA DANVERS SENT ME TO GET YOU.’
lena: LITERALLY DOESN’T CARE.
they’re going to try to tell me she’s a fucking moron. 😒
HELP ME. PLEASE HELP ME. SHE’S SO FUCKING STUNNED THAT HER GOD-AWFUL MONSTER OF A MOTHER CAME.
‘humans only, dear.’
aaaaand that lasted all of three seconds.
‘i thought you’d finally see my side.’
GET OUT OF HERE, BRENDA STRONG.
i honestly just… WHAT ARE YOU PLAYING AT?!?! stop trying to make your villains three-dimensional, show, you’re not very good at it and it hurts my brain.
‘where’d they go?’ ‘lillian left us to die.’
yeesh, that’s a bit stark.
winn and kara’s little plan is cute. let’s pretend kara got of the ship and actually cared about herself enough to want to live.
MEANWHILE AT CATCO
they made cat run 😂
‘okay well it was nice knowing you.’
‘that’s my idea.’ ‘it’s a good idea.’
she really does love winn ❤️
‘thanks, james.’ ‘i’m- guardian.’ ‘oh, honey. i can see your eyes right through the slit.’
YOU KNOW WHO ELSE’S EYES YOU CAN SEE RIGHT THROUGH HER GLASSES?
(I’VE MISSED CAT SO FUCKING GOD DAMN MUCH.)
mon-el appears. lena: WHERE’S SUPERGIRL?
HARD SAME, GIRL.
AND THEN SO MANY THINGS HAPPENED ALL AT ONCE
alex: OH MY GOD, DON’T MAKE ME FIRE THE LAZER.
rhea: ‘when my own husband opposed me i killed him. do you really think you can tug at my heartstrings.’
Do you have any recommendations for political autobiographies, especially from women?
the ones i have read are: living history by HRC (a given that i think everyone should read) pretty ladylike by claire mccaskill my beloved world by sonia sotamayor off the sidelines by kirsten gillibrand lean in by sheryl sandberg (not super political but i suggest every young woman read it at some point) a fighting chance by elizabeth warren (i actually just started it, and it’s pretty good)
these three aren’t autobiographies but i enjoyed them: broad influence by jay newton-small notes from the cracked ceiling by anne kornblut when women win by ellen malcolm (the woman who founded EMILY’s list)
and the two i really want to get around to reading (eventually) are forgetting to be afraid by wendy davis and madam secretary by madeleine albright
The greatest terrorist threat to our country right now is Steve Bannon. And he’s controlling Trump. He wrote his inauguration speech and filled it with white nationalist rhetoric and slogans. He’s behind a lot of these poorly vetted executive orders. Read that quote on the right. He’s doing it knowingly to create chaos and unrest so he can literally break our government and install a totalitarian regime that puts white men solely in control of everything. He loves Andrew Jackson, i.e. the turd who created the Trail of tears and forced almost 17k Native Americans to leave their homes in the south in 1830 and march a thousand miles. 30-40% of them died en route. That is genocide. Bannon thinks that’s great. This man was just promoted to the National Security Council. Trump demoted the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the head of the CIA, and his National Security Advisor and promoted Bannon above them. This is unheard of. This is not okay. This guy now has control of our president and a huge say in National Security and he believes in breaking our democracy and genocide.
I see people expecting things to go farther south very quickly, expecting national guard troops to be sent in to break up protests and for Trump to institute martial law. Trump’s advisers like Conway and Bannon want the media to stop criticizing Trump and to be quiet. That is a blatant violation of the First Amendment and freedom of speech. This is a large part of why that amendment exists–to guarantee freedom of the press. Media outlets are not slandering the president when they quote him and then analyze what he says and does. That is their job.
On the one hand the number of people turning out to protest and fight and file lawsuits and show up at airports is heartening. ACLU donations in the past 24 hours have been what they normally raise over 5 years. I’ve read quotes from police chiefs and border control agents who do not want any part of this. And Madeleine Albright, former Secretary of State, has vowed register as a muslim if Trump tries to start a muslim registry. (corrected. thank you. @bobthemole)