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OPINION: How the candidates become salesmen....
People cheer as Mitt Romney arrives for a campaign stop at Mapleside Farms on June 17, 2012 in Brunswick, Ohio.
September 10th, 2012
08:13 AM ET

OPINION: How the candidates become salesmen....

Editor's note: CNN Contributor Bob Greene is a best-selling author whose 25 books include "Late Edition: A Love Story" and the novel "All Summer Long." He appears on "CNN Newsroom" Sundays during the 5 p.m. ET hour. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Bob Greene.

(CNN) – CNN Contributor Bob Greene says every four years presidential contenders relentlessly court swing state Ohioans. And like traveling salesmen their fervor  is intense–until they have made the sale.

[1:05] "The candidates become, by necessity, not all that different from the thousands of other sales reps lugging their sample cases across America every workweek."

[1:32] "That's how it is every four years during the small sliver of time when the people running for president and vice president can't do enough for the potential voters. It can be flattering– and also a little wearying– to be so relentlessly courted, even while knowing that the courtship has a hard expiration date in November."

See all of Bob Greene's columns at CNN Opinion

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OPINION: Mudslinging campaigns hurt the country
Bob Greene says the fall campaign will bring more negative ads.
September 3rd, 2012
06:00 AM ET

OPINION: Mudslinging campaigns hurt the country

Editor's note: CNN Contributor Bob Greene is a best-selling author whose 25 books include "Late Edition: A Love Story" and the novel "All Summer Long." He appears on "CNN Newsroom" Sundays during the 5 p.m. ET hour. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Bob Greene.

(CNN) – CNN Contributor Bob Greene looks past the conventions to the mudslinging about to get underway in earnest. He says that this could be the dirtiest political season in memory.

[1:01] "With politics having become more of a spectator sport than ever, what is the real harm in its having devolved into an only slightly more refined version of mud wrestling? The harm is that it’s a tough shift to go from mud wrestler to statesman once the votes are counted."

[2:22] "A willingness to use any means to win an election will inevitably in the end produce a president. But then the president will have to lead a nation that has turned darkly cynical about the entire process."

See all of Bob Greene's columns at CNN Opinion

OPINION: The most yearned-for office in the nation
The living presidents gather in the Oval Office in January 2009, days before Barack Obama was sworn in.
August 26th, 2012
10:43 PM ET

OPINION: The most yearned-for office in the nation

Editor's note: CNN Contributor Bob Greene is a best-selling author whose 25 books include "Late Edition: A Love Story" and the novel "All Summer Long." He appears on "CNN Newsroom" Sundays during the 5 p.m. ET hour. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Bob Greene.

(CNN) – CNN Contributor Bob Greene ponders the yearning that some ambitious people feel for the Oval Office.

[:39] "The Presidency is transient work, and the Oval Office is the traditional home of the most high-level temps in the world."

[2:59] "Presidents depart; the Oval Office remains. Which may be at the heart of the lure that has made so many people over the centuries hunger to be there, for however brief or long a stay."

See all of Bob Greene's columns at CNN Opinion.

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August 20th, 2012
06:00 AM ET

OPINION: When flying was a thrill

Editor's note: CNN Contributor Bob Greene is a best-selling author whose 25 books include "Late Edition: A Love Story" and the novel "All Summer Long." He appears on "CNN Newsroom" Sundays during the 5 p.m. ET hour. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Bob Greene. 

(CNN) – CNN Contributor Bob Greene says Christopher Lynch's book, "When Hollywood Landed at Chicago's Midway Airport," reminds us of the days of old when flying commercial airliners was an enjoyable experience shared by the average ticket-holder and celebrities.

[0:23] "Flying these days - jammed-to-the-groaning point cabins; torture-rack legroom; the fees for everything from checking your bags to being handed a paltry package of food...is too often a dreary, joy-sapping slog. It's difficult to even remember when it was ever any other way."

See all of Bob Greene's columns at CNN Opinion.

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OPINION: James Bond on Her Majesty's Secret Service
Queen Elizabeth II appears on screen accompanied by actor Daniel Craig during the opening of the 2012 Summer Olympics.
August 12th, 2012
02:30 PM ET

OPINION: James Bond on Her Majesty's Secret Service

Editor's note: CNN Contributor Bob Greene is a best-selling author whose 25 books include "Late Edition: A Love Story" and the novel "All Summer Long." He appears on "CNN Newsroom" Sundays during the 5 p.m. ET hour. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Bob Greene. See all of Bob Greene's columns at CNN Opinion.

By Bob Greene, CNN Contributor

(CNN) - During the Olympic Games in London, which will end with Sunday's closing ceremony, there have been many memorable moments:

The triumph of Michael Phelps.

The dazzling talent of Gabby Douglas.

The countless displays of lustrous skills honed by the world's finest young athletes over years of arduous practice.

But one of the most lasting memories may be the one provided by an 86-year-old woman who was not exactly an obscure footnote to history when the Games began.

Read Bob Greene's full column at CNN Opinion.
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