The Art and Science of the Public Comeback

Friday, April 12, 2013

Anthony Weiner (Stephen Nessen/WNYC)

On the cover story of this weekend’s New York Times magazine is a redemption story -- or an attempt at one, at least.  The article is called “Anthony Weiner and Huma Abedin’s Post-Scandal Playbook” and it features the disgraced Congressman’s first major interview since his resignation nearly two years ago. In the interview, Weiner expresses remorse, swears he’s become kinder, gentler, and more level-headed and reveals that he’s considering running for mayor.

Weiner is not the only public figure who has recently tried to clean-up his image and restore his career. Earlier this month, as Tiger Woods reclaimed his number one World Golf Ranking spot, Nike published an ad with a photo of woods captioned: “Winning takes care of everything.” Around the same time, former South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford marked his return to politics, winning a sixteen-way Republican primary for a congressional seat in South Carolina's 1st District.

This all as fallen cycling superstar Lance Armstrong announced plans to compete in a masters swim meet in Austin.

Dorie Clark, author of  “Reinventing You: Define Your Brand, Imagine Your Future,” describes the ethics, etiquette and personal branding strategies of image rehabilitation.


Dorie Clark

Produced by:

Cassie Jones, Mythili Rao and Elizabeth Ross

Comments [2]

Dr Jack Dempsey from Quincy MA

How about a come-back that took 386 years?

Who is actually America's First Poet in English? He was also colonial America's first "criminal exile."

On Saturday May 11th (11am-2pm), Revels 386 will honor Thomas Morton of Merrymount. Morton (a witty, educated outdoorsman) first settled on Mass. Bay in 1624 and raised an old-English Maypole there to celebrate his extraordinary relations with Native Americans. In the process, he nailed up a poem and drinking-song that envisioned a frontier very different from the Pilgrims' of Plimoth.

Morton's adventures and achievements got him burned and hoisted out of the country, but he just kept coming back because to him New England was "paradise." And his own book about it---"New English Canaan"---placed him also among America's first ethnologists, natural historians and wickedly-satirical writers in prose and verse.

So with Revels 386 on May 11th, citizens and Native people will gather at Maypole Hill in Quincy (near the shore of Wollaston Beach) with Morris Dancers, Native Drum, poetry, performances and traditional "solemn foolery" to honor this positive legacy. Each year the city of Quincy does more to recognize Morton, and we'd love to have The Take Away be part of it!

This is something Americans want to and should know about, and we hope you can find a bit of time to share its story with them. Much more info available at ANCIENT LIGHTS dot org.

Dr. Jack Dempsey
781 438 3042

DIRECTIONS: Route 3A South along Wollaston Beach. Where the beach ends, go left onto Furnace Brook Parkway; then, left onto Maypole Road---and you can't miss it!

Apr. 12 2013 12:03 PM
fuva from harlemworld

Yes, Sandford not only cheated on his wife, he completely neglected his responsibility as Governor. And yet, he is the congressional candidate for the 'family and values' party...because...hypocrisy is just one aspect of their baseness.

Apr. 12 2013 09:58 AM

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