Mario Cuomo, former three-term governor of New York, is known as a highly intelligent and perceptive politician. In this 92nd Street Y program from 2007, Cuomo addresses the state of the nation, giving his perspective not only on America's deficits but also its assets.
Cuomo was born in Queens, New York, and he finds a warm home audience at the historic Jewish cultural center. The Democrat gives the lay of the land in cogent words that never sound like rehearsed speech. He repeats the old adage that "one campaigns in poetry and governs in prose" and succeeds in doing the latter in this smart and congenial address.