THIS interview was conducted at the Blue Metropolis Literary Festival in Montréal in April 2011. It is thus a very late interview with the late author, whose wit at 85 seems undiminished by time.
Matthew Hays: What do you make of the job Obama is doing now?
Gore Vidal: I think it’s mistaken, a lot of it. I don’t think he has many weapons with which to defend whatever positions he
feels strongly about. He keeps on learning, and that’s always a good thing. It would have been better if many of our presidents had learned as they went along, like Woodrow Wilson for example, and had not acted too precipitously, and got us into trouble.