May 12th, 2010
08:07 AM ET

Wednesday's intriguing people

Benigno Aquino III

The son of former Philippine President Corazon Aquino led contenders for the Philippine presidency Tuesday, as authorities tabulated returns from the country's national elections.

Aquino told CNN on Tuesday that politicians must be responsible to those who elected them.

"We are public servants," he said. "You're the public, you're the masters, you're the one with wants and needs that should be wanted and delivered. And we'll bring it back to that point."

That meant making it possible for people to improve their lives, he said.

Aquino, nicknamed "Noynoy," is the son of the former president and Sen. Benigno "Ninoy" Aquino Jr., who was assassinated in 1983 as he returned from exile to lead opposition to Cold War-era Philippine strongman Ferdinand Marcos.

Corazon Aquino, who died in August, took over the leadership of her husband's movement and became the country's first female president in 1986.

CNN: Aquino holds lead in Philippine vote

Jason Carter

The Atlanta, Georgia, attorney captured 5,559 votes and won the race for the state's Senate District 42 in DeKalb County on Tuesday. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Carter will serve the remainder of the term of former state Sen. David Adelman, whom President Obama appointed as U.S. ambassador to Singapore.

Although the General Assembly is no longer in session, state law requires the seat be filled, and Carter told the newspaper there's work to do now.

"There's a lot that can be done behind the scenes if I'm a state senator, especially with setting policy infrastructure, building relationships and getting ready to hit the ground running in the Senate," Carter told the newspaper.

Carter, 34, founded Democrats Work, a national organization involved with community service projects. Jason Carter is the eldest grandson of peanut farmer and Nobel Peace Prize winner Jimmy Carter, himself a former Georgia state senator and the country's 39th president.

Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Carter wins state Senate race

Brenna Marie Reilly

The 29-year old woman admits she falsely claimed to be an FBI executive.

Reilly pleaded guilty in federal court in Alexandria, Virginia, to impersonating an FBI employee, which could land her up to three years in prison.

According to court documents released Tuesday,Reilly began claiming to several neighbors in Arlington last summer that she was an assistant director of the FBI and director of the bureau's forensic division. By November she said she was looking to hire two assistants. Two neighbors filled out what appeared to them to be genuine FBI forms and were told they were hired.

"Some of the duties involved transcribing interrogations supposedly conducted by Reilly," the court document said. "Other duties included editing condolence letters to the families of CIA officers who died in the January bombing in Afghanistan; Reilly claimed the CIA officers were working for her." Peter Carr, the spokesman for the U.S. attorney's office in Alexandria, said, "It was never clear why she did this."

CNN This Just In: Feds: Woman admits impersonating FBI exec, hiring

Ryan Murphy

The creator of hit TV shows such as "Nip/Tuck" and "Glee" is asking people to boycott Newsweek magazine.

In a recent article, Newsweek stated that "Glee" star Jonathan Groff seems like a "theater queen" on the show. The article also mentions Sean Hayes' performance in Broadway's "Promises, Promises:" "It's weird seeing Hayes play straight."

Hayes' costar, Kristin Chenoweth, also criticized the story.

Entertainment Weekly obtained Murphy's open letter, which reads, in part, "I would like to join my good friend Kristin Chenoweth on her condemnation of a recent Newsweek article written by Mr. Ramin Setoodeh, in which Setoodeh basically says that out gay actors should go back into the closet and never attempt to play straight characters. ... Today, I have asked GLAAD president Jarrett Barrios to stand with me and others and ask for an immediate boycott of Newsweek magazine until an apology is issued to Sean Hayes and other brave out actors who were cruelly singled out in this damaging, needlessly cruel, and mind-blowingly bigoted piece."

Entertainment Weekly: 'Glee' creator pushes for Newsweek boycott

Nola Ochs

On May 15, having already passed her comprehensive finals and turned in her 50-page research paper, she will graduate from Fort Hays State University in Kansas with a Master of Liberal Studies in history. Ochs is 98 years old.

According to the university, she will be the oldest person ever to receive a master's degree.

"I'm very gratified to have attained that distinction," she said. "I would like, in the long run, to encourage people to keep on learning. Our education is never complete."

A former teacher in a one-room school, Ochs got her bachelor's degree in 2007, and then-governor and now U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius personally handed Ochs her diploma.

She's expecting 50 relatives at this year's graduation. She plans to continue to take courses and may work toward a Master of Arts in history and, the university reports, compete for one of the three graduate teaching assistantships in that department that will be available in spring 2011.

Fort Hays State University: Oldest graduate finishing up graduate work

soundoff (33 Responses)
  1. Jimmy

    By almost any objective measure, most would consider Jimmy Carter one of the worst, if not the worst, presidents this country has ever had.

    May 12, 2010 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  2. commonman13

    I hope he has the same wonderful spirit and character in public life as his grand father. Jimmy Carter is the best great American of our life time. Nobody even comes to close.

    May 12, 2010 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Junior Lovell

    I am not smart enough to know or analyse Pres. Jimmy Carter's performance as President, but what I know for sure is that he is a sincere and honest man. He is also widely and deservedly respected by many all over the world. His work for Democracy (free & fair elections) thru the Pres. Carter Center in Atlanta, is unparalleled. I am not a Christian or a born American, but I can say for absolutely sure that President carter is the best example of a Christian and American that one can hope for. I pray that God Almigty bless him.

    May 12, 2010 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Bilger

    I know someone did not just say Jimmy Carter was the worst President in the history of the U.S. That distinction belongs to George W. Bush. I'm sure there will never be a greater moron. Ever. There is no argument.

    May 12, 2010 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |

    >>And let's remember that Carter's negative legacy had to do with the hostages,
    >>which were freed minutes after Regan was sworn in
    That, plus the economic stagflation of Carter's economic policies (remember double digit inflation?), plus his constant diplomatic missteps on the world stage, plus his insistence on using his incompetent Georgia cronies as his White House advisors, plus his bungling of the hostage rescue, plus his inability to provide basic leadership of the American electorate (remember the "malaise" speech). Need I go on?

    Face it, Carter was in over his head from his first day in office. He was a nice guy, but he had no more business being POTUS than Bozo the Clown. He was utterly overwhelmed from the start, and had no idea what to do to be an effective leader. Don't try to whitewash his abysmal record.

    I distinctly remember a popular bumper sticker just prior to the 1980 November election. Reagan was getting a lot of flack about being an actor. The bumper sticker said: "Why not an actor? We had a clown for four years." That pretty much summed up the Carter administration.

    May 12, 2010 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Gary

    What you are seeing is backlash from people that are tired if having gay lifestyles stuffed in our faces everywhere we turn. I do not actively go out of my way to antagonize a gay person, and frankkly have no problems with their personal choice, however I am tired of having it FORCED upon us. The fact is that gay lifestyles are here, and most of us deal with it. But don't take our silence as an approval of the practice. And try and understand the other side of the issue. The minute a straight person says one negative word, the "GAY" card comes out and that person is labled a bigot or Gay Basher. We have rights to live without it in our face too, and it should not be considered racist. I believe that anyone considering to boycotte the media, should instead boycot the show and any other show that depicts open gay characters, and any company that sponsors it. After all, fair is fair right?
    Do you have any idea just how stupid all this sounds? Go help a homeless person, or find the cure for cancer. Stop your self serving self promotional "Call" for action and do something more constructive with your life....

    May 12, 2010 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  7. lucy

    I can see Newsweek's point. Remember when, before she came out, Ellen Degeneres did that awful movie, "Mr. Wrong?" Something was not quite right there.

    May 12, 2010 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  8. DCBill

    Let me echo what "Gary" said, at 12:19 PM.

    May 12, 2010 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Gary

    Jimmy Carter's problem was he always looked for the good in people. And always tried to negotiate with them. The problem is that most of the radical world sees this as a weakness, and are not afraid to do things that they normally would not do. It wasn't 30 minutes after taking his oath, that Ronald reagan was tolld that the hostage situation was over. THEY knew full well that Reagan was willing and able to pull the trigger, and their moment in the sun would have become another page in the history books.
    I absolutely agree that his presidency was weak, however as a man, I have never seen a more compassionate soul on the planet.. well, I guess only if you don't include Mother Theresa that is. He was just not cut out for the job, and once the hostage crissis got rolling, he was not able to get the job done. Don't forget he got a lot of flak from his own people, and the military didn't have a great deal of respect for him either.

    May 12, 2010 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Helen Monsalve

    Yes, there was collusion with Iran way back when. I guess, (I'm not sure), that at that time, we figured Iran was a friend if they were at war with Iraq. Subsequent Irangate where drugs were brought into the US (for whom, we don't know - had to be a big drug cartel/dealer. Money was used to buy arms to fight the Contras. Actually that time frame was pretty confusing, since the drug pushers and arms dealers all came out smelling like roses.

    May 12, 2010 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Terry

    Hey Gary, that's a common misperception that folks who see Reagan as he saw himself love to trot out. There were deals made to free the hostages, deals that Carter couldn't or wouldn't make. To be sure, Carter was a weak President totally unsuited for the job (too good? Too smart? Who cares, he sucked), and the hostages never would've been taken with a strong leader in office, but it wasn't fear of Reagan that freed them,. It was Iran cutting a deal to save face in the early stages of the Iran-Iraq war, when they needed all focus on Iraq, and would've freed the hostages even if Carter had won. As for looking at Reagan though rose-colored history, as so many republicans, Rush followers and other idiots like to do, his only strength was his illusion of leadership when the country needed it most.

    May 12, 2010 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Judith

    President Carter was one of the most decent, honest men ever to occupy the White House. In his post-Presidency years he has accomplished more than any other former President. Gary posts the truth above about the dirty, backdoor maneuvering that the Reagan campaign used to win the Presidency in 1980. Also, Carter had the courage to tell the American people the truth about our reliance on foreign oil and that we should prepare to make sacrifices and the American people just didn't want to hear it. They would rather listen to the snake-oil promises of a Corporate con-man–the slick former actor whose Presidency began the decline of the American middle class that continues to this day whenever the Republicans are in power. Carter would also have never launched an unnecesary war against a country that had done nothing to us and then have the unmitigated gall to dress up like a fly-boy and land on an aircraft carrier claiming "Mission Accomplished" when the only thing that had been accomplished was the destruction of a country, the deaths of thousands and a costly quagmire that we're still stuck in. Just think about what these conservatives have wrought–Carter looks quite heroic compared to any of them.

    May 12, 2010 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Learn your history

    Hopefully Carter's son will not garner the same reputation his father did as being the absolute worst US president in the recorded history of the US.
    Posted by: CATom
    Would that be actual history or just history according to Republicans? President Carter is consistently ranked in the middle by historians. You obviously don't seem to remember Watergate under Nixon or the endless scandals that occurred during Grant's term. Or how about William Harrison who died barely 30 days in office because he was literally too stupid to come in out of the freezing rain? Or maybe Andrew Johnson whose Reconstruction policy, it could be argued, the South *still* hasn't fully recovered from?

    May 12, 2010 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Sam

    You go Gary...and I'm equally tired of having that Christian religious fanatic lifestyle thrown in my face. Bible quoting, pray for this, pray for that, you're going to hell, the works. If that is what you believe, then fine, to each his own. But keep that stuff to yourself because I'm tired having it FORCED upon us.

    May 12, 2010 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Monika

    You mean the president that brokered that Camp David accords with Menachem Begin and Anwar Sadat? That's the anti-semite that you're referring to? Or do you call him that because he dared to give a balanced view of Middle East Issues in his book 'Palestine, Peace not Aparteid" Anyone who dares to criticize Israel's policies and actions are anti-semites, right? That allegation is getting so old so fast.

    May 12, 2010 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
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