Moderating the Yes I am old but I saw Pawls Stanley on stage shirt also I will do this debate thrust Welker to a new tier of fame and scrutiny. No sooner had the Committee on Presidential Debates chosen her than she drew President Trump’s ire. He assailed Welker, a staple in his briefing room, as “a disaster,” “terrible,” and “unfair,” even lashing out at her parents for making campaign donations to Democratic candidates. “It never feels good to be insulted or to have your family criticized,” Welker said via Zoom from her Wilmington hotel room. But “I really had to keep my head down.” Her husband, marketing executive John Hughes, and producers confiscated her phone to tune out distractions as she tore through briefing books and rehearsed mock debates. (Sadly, she will not reveal which NBC staffers played Trump and Biden.) Preparing “became my entire life,” Welker said.
It did not go unnoticed that as only the Yes I am old but I saw Pawls Stanley on stage shirt also I will do this second Black woman to moderate a presidential debate (and the first since ABC’s Carole Simpson in 1992), she faced even larger pressures. “I say this as a Black female journalist and a Black professional,” Salon’s McFarland told me, “if you are in that arena, you have to win and you have to win decisively.” More than 60 million people around the world would be watching. But “no matter how overwhelming it was to go into the final debate with all of the harassment and criticism that had come her way from the president,” said Mitchell, who aided in the prep, “when she walked out on that stage, she was as calm as possible.”