"Average American" Poses One Question to Country's Leaders

Psychologist Dr Doris McCoy's journey took her all over the world to personally meet more than a hundred of America's top leaders in politics, business, entertainment and education. From George and Barbara Bush to Mort Zuckerman to Ted Turner to Sandra Day O'Connor to Quincy Jones to name a few. She wanted to ask them one question: Where do you see this country in the next twenty years?

"I was also asking myself the question 'Could the average American go and talk to those people person to person?' So, I took my tape recorder and went around the country to do that."

Dr. McCoy says she had no preconceived notion on the outcome of her journey. She jumped into an elevator with General Colin Powell, cleaned graffiti off the walls in Germantown, Pennsylvania with the Bushes and confronted Hillary Clinton in China. McCoy remembers one comment though, that did surprise her.

"John Walsh suggesting that we start legalizing some drugs because what was happening, people were burglarizing homes and doing ridiculous things just for a few drugs. He felt that if we put it as to what it really cost, it would change the scene. I'm not so sure I personally agree with that, but that was his view."

With this country about to enter a change in leadership, McCoy says uncertainty is even greater.

"These are some of the questions we should be asking them. You know, basic questions like, 'how are we going to manage the change? How can we restore families? What about education?' That's a major problem that they all spoke about and yet, not too much is happening that's different, and I think it's questions we do need to to ask them."

She says her experience gives her hope about the future.

"I think that it's like David Rockefeller said that we can still be a world leader but, our only reason for not doing that is we refuse to take a stand and to go out and move ahead."

Dr Doris Lee McCoy is the author of America's New Future: 100 New Answers.
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