`In The Car'

August 4th, 2014
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State Sen. David Ige spoke candidly about growing up in Hawaii and the challenges of public speaking during an interview with comedian Andy Bumatai as the pair drove through Ige's hometown of Pearl City.

The interview was part of Bumatai's "In The Car" show.

In one of the most interesting exchanges, the soft-spoken state senator acknowledges that he is not as good a public speaker as Gov. Neil Abercrombie, his opponent in the Democratic primary. Ige also confessed that he still gets nervous before debates.

Ige: "For me, I'm an engineer. So I think the other part of the challenge is that I need to be accurate. I cannot make things up. I don't feel comfortable making things up.

Bumatai: ``Aw, there's your problem."

Ige: "I know. So I can't fake it, you know. Somebody asks me a question I need to answer and I need to answer correctly, because I won't make it up."

13 Responses to “`In The Car'”

  1. kamaaina808:

    I saw this when Bumatai posted it. Ige's a very down-to-earth man and comes across very well. Here's hoping he's what Hawaii needs in a Governor.


  2. Chicken Grease:

    Ige’s pretty much Bill McKay in The Candidate (“what do we do now?” after having won an election; for any of you who haven’t actually seen that film, this is not something you want the candidate, for whom YOU voted, saying).

    Some figure Ige’ll do well. In fact, all you have is a stuffy, mumbling engineer. Senate seat, yes, but, this is the type of office kupuna tell the young ‘uns, “ehy, go try, only gotta serve __ years get full pension!” You wanna keep Abercrombie as gov’ as he’s doing the job. Politics is a quality needed in such an office, hate to say it, but, it’s true. Hawaii expecially understands this, being pro-government, pro-union. Unions can be good, but, too overblow here. So get your complaints and fake, “oh, I didn’t vote for him” ready for the next four years if the polls are right..

    From “http://www.governing.com/topics/politics/Bill-Mckay-Effect.html “:

    The McKay effect sometimes thrusts forward people who lack any real aptitude for political life and would never have considered it if not for the family connection. One can't help thinking of the current governor of Ohio, Bob Taft, an intelligent, reserved, somewhat plodding man who started out in government as a budget analyst for the state of Illinois.

    Relatively pedestrian gov’t. jobber thinking he can get into the main office. Hmmmm. Sound familiar?


  3. innocent observer:

    greasy chicken - the only job Abercrombie is doing is on the people. yes, he is "jobbing" the people to satisfy his special interest friends and donors.


  4. Manoa_Fisherman:

    Chicken, the lesson to be learned from "The Candidate" was that McKay won. That all that counts in politics, close counts only in horseshoes and hand grenades.


  5. Chicken Grease:

    Manoa_Fisherman:
    August 4th, 2014 at 11:53 am

    Chicken, the lesson to be learned from "The Candidate" was that McKay won. That all that counts in politics, close counts only in horseshoes and hand grenades.

    Man, Manoa_, you get everything WRONG don't you? LOL, you're worse than the banana escapee at times (i.e., quoting your friend's misrepresentations about Takai and you on Schatz).

    You better watch that film again. They don't show how the candidate ends up faring.


  6. TippyToby:

    FYI only...While working at the hotel, I heard 4 people already pronounce Ige as EeeGG...and EyeGee..(Ice..Ige)..even CNN pronounced his name wrong! LOL! Like Sen Inouye..Enoway.


  7. Laughing Parrot:

    Innocent observer, I am interested to hear what special interests you think have been served at the expense of the rest of us. People complain about Kakaako being an example of special interests, but where would you have new residential housing built? On our farmlands? the north shore? Do you think affordable housing in Kapolei and Ewa are beneficial when many of the people who require affordable housing work in Honolulu and Waikiki? The special interests that I have seen the Governor address are: state retirees by funding the unfunded liabilities (where was Ige when they were being drained?), funding the hurricane relief fund (which may be useful in the next week, again where was Ige when it was being drained), commuters by releasing the monys for the DOT to fix the freeway and add another lane, couples who love each other and want nothing more than to have their marriages and families recognized with the attendant rights and benefits, late born children who will not longer be eligible for kindergarden, environmentalist when he worked with Caldwell to create the Turtle Bay land trust (Ige let the funding bill for this land die, which is why he had to scramble for funds at the last minute), the list can go on and on.


  8. Chicken Grease:

    TippyToby:
    August 4th, 2014 at 12:51 pm

    FYI only...While working at the hotel, I heard 4 people already pronounce Ige as EeeGG...and EyeGee..(Ice..Ige)..even CNN pronounced his name wrong! LOL! Like Sen Inouye..Enoway.

    Welcome, Tippy Toby, Laughing Parrot, and the "anthuriumz" person.

    Heh, Limbaugh (great) would pronounce -- and still would -- Senator Inouye's name as "in no way" on purpose. He does that :). Best show on the radio or anywhere else, as much as a Grease respected the late Senator.


  9. Manoa_Fisherman:

    Chicken, keep on your one man bandwagon, it won't change reality.


  10. Mmmuuuaah:

    Just an observer but doesn't anyone weight in or consider that Ige may be a puppet by the Cayetano/Ariyoshi camp? They're all Pearl City folks and very close knit. Simply put, it's the old boys network reigning again from the back of the bus and using Ige as the driver.


  11. Chicken Grease:

    Manoa_Fisherman:
    August 4th, 2014 at 10:28 pm
    Chicken, keep on your one man bandwagon, it won't change reality.

    Uh, fishy (I mean, really, it's REALLY fishy) . . . you wanna make accusations against candidates the way you (and your friend on Takai) has, you should go to the authorities. Heck, call up the Star-Advertiser, see if they determine if there's any weight to your conjectures. You wanna talk about reality? Yeah.


  12. Especially Incognito:

    ?


  13. Especially Incognito:

    "Man, Manoa_, you get everything WRONG don't you? LOL, you're worse than the banana escapee at times"

    Right nippon on the behind? No worse than the chicken without its head.
    Gullet.


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