When Ross Perot's running mate Admiral James Stockdale asked that question in his opening statement during the 1992 Vice Presidential Debate he was portrayed as a dunce. It was the effective end of his candidacy, leading to skits on Saturday Night Live and political oblivion.
But when you back off and really think about it, those questions are really the core issues. And the answers matter--not just for political candidates but for each of us.
So, to turn the question around I ask the following question.
Just who exactly are you?
And, why are you here?
I'd be very interested to know your answers to those questions. I'm even more interested to know if you know the answers.