The political strategist and O columnist on the pleasure of raw oysters, the words that move her and the time she rode a moped. 1. What's the quickest legal route to joy?
Eating raw oysters
2. What makes you still?
Being in the presence of greatness—standing next to
Dorothy Height [the legendary Civil Rights activist]
3. What words do you live by?
The poem "And Still I Rise," by Maya Angelou
4. What's the hardest truth to tell?
One's current weight
5. What makes a person fearless?
6. What's left on your "To Do" list?
Everything! (Truthfully, traveling to India and China)
7. What do you ask yourself most often?
"What's my deadline?"
8. Favorite Quote?
"No one can make you feel inferior without your consent."— Eleanor Roosevelt
9. What's the most daring thing you've done?
Rode a moped
10. ...and the most daring thing you wish you'd done?
Rode a horse—though I did appear next to one
11. What are you an expert at?
Donna Brazile is a veteran political strategist, university professor, author, columnist, and the Democratic National Committee's Vice Chair of Voter Registration and Participation.
A native of New Orleans, Brazile entered politics to support the campaign of a City Council candidate who had promised to build a playground in her neighborhood; she was nine years old. She has worked on every presidential campaign from 1976 through 2000, when she served as campaign manager for former Vice President Al Gore.
Author of the best-selling Cooking with Grease: Stirring the Pots in American Politics, Brazile is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University, a political contributor on CNN, a consultant to ABC News, a commentator on ABC's "This Week," a contributor to NPR and a syndicated newspaper columnist for United Media.
Ms. Brazile is Managing Director of Brazile & Associates LLC, a general consulting, grassroots advocacy, and training firm in Washington, DC.