Magazine October 20, 2008, Issue

But Enough About You

A Wall Street sign outside the New York Stock Exchange in New York City (Carlo Allegri/Reuters)
Hanks a Million!

Every now and then, America just strips herself naked and wiggles her cute derrière at you in all its glory. This happened the other night whilst I was chopping garlic in the kitchen. I was watching Henry Paulson — a.k.a. “King Henry” (News­week) or, as he was known on the playing fields of Dartmouth, “The Ham­mer” — manfully explaining to Tom Brokaw why he needs to give AIG $85 gazillion of my and your dollars.

In the next instant, on came Robert Wagner — the actor, not the deceased mayor of New York — in his star role as spokesman for a

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