October 24th, 2014
07:22 PM ET

On GPS Sunday: Analysis of the Canada shooting, how Obama's presidency will be remembered, and the marshmallow test

Watch "Fareed Zakaria GPS," Sundays at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. ET on CNN

On GPS this Sunday: The show opens with a special live segment to discuss the shooting that took place this week in Ottawa. What do we know about the attack? How serious is the threat of lone extremists? And how should Canada and others respond? Fareed offers his take before holding a panel discussion.

Next, President Barack Obama has come in for criticism for his administration’s handling of the economy, Ebola and national security. But how deserving is he of such criticism? And how will his administration be remembered? Fareed convenes a panel including Walter Isaacson, president and CEO of the Aspen Institute and the author of The Innovators: How A Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution, CNN Chief Political Analyst Gloria Borger, Sean Wilentz, who has written about presidents from Jefferson to Lincoln to Reagan, and Amity Shlaes, a historian and writer with four New York Times best-sellers.

Also, 50 years ago, a groundbreaking psychological experiment was conducted on preschoolers – involving marshmallows. What did the children do? What would you do? Walter Mischel, the man behind the experiment, explains what it says about self-control.

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  1. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©

    The results of the Stanford marshmallow test will not surprise anyone who started practicing a musical instrument countless hours a day before starting to school, as I did.

    October 24, 2014 at 9:13 pm | Reply
    • chri§§y

      I bet you have diabetes eating so many Marshmallows. Tryi eating vegetarian pakoras. Yummy

      October 25, 2014 at 5:58 am | Reply
  2. banasy©

    Wouldn't 50 years ago be 1964? Those experiments happened in the late 60's-early 70's.

    October 24, 2014 at 9:45 pm | Reply
    • Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©

      @ banasy,
      Maybe that's the New Math?

      October 24, 2014 at 11:00 pm | Reply
      • Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©

        Anyway, Donna, my personal experiments started about 1941.

        October 24, 2014 at 11:08 pm |
      • banasy©

        JIF,
        It could be New Math. Conversely, it could be lazy fact-checking.

        You started piano at age 2? I am impressed.

        October 24, 2014 at 11:42 pm |
      • Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©

        @banasy when was the last time the priest oiled your b utte and f ukked ya on the altar?

        October 25, 2014 at 6:10 am |
      • Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©

        @ banasy,
        No, at age three (3).
        That was when a relative died and left us his piano. Within an hour, I could "pick out" music I had heard and play it.
        As a result, my parents did everything they possibly could to force me to become a physician.

        October 25, 2014 at 8:24 am |
      • Rupert

        And then your primary care vaselined your hole snd shoved his d ik up.

        October 25, 2014 at 9:22 am |
      • banasy©

        JIF,
        Still quite impressive.
        Of course they did; I'm glad they didn't succeed. It would be a very different JIF posting today.

        October 25, 2014 at 10:38 am |
    • chri§§y

      You can count? Wowie !!

      October 25, 2014 at 5:59 am | Reply
  3. chri§§y

    I have always liked marshmellows. The texture, aroma, and the flavor are so pleasant.
    I remember when I was growing up in the 6th grade my friend, Lisa and I would have a slumber party with our friends and have marshmellows and cocoa at about this time of year, the autumn. She would have her cocoa, place two marshmellows and drink it slowly. When she finished she would say, "I wish the marshmellows would last longer. Don't you?" I would tell her, "Yes, I do wish the marshmellows would last longer." I never saw her after the 8th grade. Rumor has it she became an X-Ray technician and married a doctor with a beautiful home in Pennsylvania and had five adorable kids.
    Good for her.

    October 24, 2014 at 11:01 pm | Reply
    • Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©

      @ chrissy,
      That was pretty much my own experience with marshmallows and cocoa, but we said "hot chocolate."
      Nice memories.

      October 24, 2014 at 11:14 pm | Reply
      • chri§§y

        But I gotta tell ya samosas are much better.

        October 25, 2014 at 6:00 am |
    • Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©

      Did you enjoy losing your v irginity? I bet it was in the barn over the hay.

      October 25, 2014 at 6:16 am | Reply
  4. chri§§y

    Lol @ my troll, what a vivid imagination you have. Btw there is no such thing as marshmellows lmao.

    October 24, 2014 at 11:11 pm | Reply
  5. chri§§y

    Well yes @ Joey, only that wasnt me posting that lol. And all this criticism of Obama...makes me wonder...how do people think Romney wouldve handled all this? Can you even imagine what a mess we would be in now had he been elected???

    October 24, 2014 at 11:24 pm | Reply
    • Ferhat Balkan

      I would've packed my bags and left for Australia.

      October 25, 2014 at 12:12 am | Reply
      • Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©

        Really? Fone rayping in India?

        October 25, 2014 at 6:13 am |
      • Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©

        "Done" not " fone". Lol

        October 25, 2014 at 6:13 am |
      • Rupert

        Howdy Ferhat. This is Crocodile Dundee. Wziting for ya to arrive.

        October 25, 2014 at 6:37 am |
      • Rupert

        "Waiting". Lol

        October 25, 2014 at 6:38 am |
  6. chri§§y

    I totally agree Joey! If it werent for him being so annoying it would be downright sad!

    October 24, 2014 at 11:27 pm | Reply
  7. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©

    We could still elect a Romney.
    Imagine a Senate of Romney clones.
    Vote, folks.

    October 24, 2014 at 11:30 pm | Reply
    • banasy©

      No. Just...no.

      October 24, 2014 at 11:43 pm | Reply
    • chri§§y

      But instead we elected Modi. He loves underage boys. Recall his boyfriend resudes in Myanmar.

      October 25, 2014 at 6:01 am | Reply
      • banasy©

        "We" elected President Obama.
        You should have voted for the opposition, if you hated Modi so much.

        October 25, 2014 at 10:36 am |
  8. chri§§y

    Whoa! That is a horrible image lol.

    October 24, 2014 at 11:34 pm | Reply
  9. chri§§y

    Lol i agree @ banasy...now lets hope people get out and vote huh?

    October 25, 2014 at 12:03 am | Reply
  10. chri§§y

    Lololol @ Ferhat...that sounds like a marvelous plan!

    October 25, 2014 at 12:16 am | Reply
  11. rupert

    Obama will go down in history as a mediocre president. The public expectations are unfair and they want perfection. Besides, it will take another generation to fix George W.'s mess. Billions in debt and ruined foreign policy take a long time to fix.

    October 25, 2014 at 6:15 am | Reply
    • Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©

      You back from your rayping escapades? Have some hot chocolate and marshmallows.

      October 25, 2014 at 6:18 am | Reply
    • Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©

      I seriously disagree with @ report's reasonably serious post of 6:15 AM.
      No president caused the USA's economic mess.
      I blame it on a long period – about a century – of wishful thinking regarding economic theories that were created in a quest for Utopia.
      Utopia will never exist. The original, capitalist USA was a terrific compromise with the Impossible Dream.

      October 25, 2014 at 8:49 am | Reply
      • rupert

        Hi @ joey. The mess I was referring to was the U.S. debt and foreign policy.
        Certainly no president can control the U.S. economy. The free enterprise controls that of course.

        October 25, 2014 at 9:19 pm |
  12. Zandie

    So true rupert. So true.

    October 25, 2014 at 6:24 am | Reply
    • banasy©

      Rupee is busy nursing his d ik after a long night of rayping underage girls.

      October 25, 2014 at 6:29 am | Reply
  13. chri§§y

    @ rupert....expectation leads to disapointment. And it isnt the public so much, that wants perfection! Its more Congress pointing out their percieved flaws in Obama! I dont think theyve ever felt as threatened by a POTUS as they do Obama! And i believe they feel that way because they cannot manipulate him as theyve done past POTUSs.

    October 25, 2014 at 6:26 am | Reply
    • banasy©

      Ahhhh. Sooo true. But hope and expectations are two pillars on which we based our r/ship. Not sayx.

      October 25, 2014 at 6:28 am | Reply
    • rupert

      True chrissy. Congress does point out the president's imperfections, but the polls taken from the public show such a low approval rating. They expect too much. He is supposed to be perfect. He has been criticized for his response to Ebola, the Ukrainian problem, his bombing of ISIS, the list goes on and on.
      I disagree with most criticisms of him, but not all.

      October 25, 2014 at 9:29 pm | Reply
  14. banasy©

    I ate too many prunes/marshmallows last night. I have the runs.

    October 25, 2014 at 6:26 am | Reply
    • Rupert

      Try some bananas. Or bagels. Whole wheat.

      October 25, 2014 at 6:35 am | Reply
  15. chri§§y

    Lol @ Joey...Utopia is a new reality TV show btw.

    October 25, 2014 at 10:33 am | Reply
  16. rupert

    Another nut in Ottawa. Well, glad it's dead.

    October 25, 2014 at 10:46 am | Reply
  17. Blue Saffron

    Just notice the quality of comments. Leaves much to be desired. Of course, goes to prove our no child left behind policy is working.

    October 25, 2014 at 11:09 am | Reply
  18. chri§§y

    @ Blue Saffron, i dont know where you live but the city i live in, population of more than 10,000 has absolutely no school district at all! So...i would say there are a great many "children left behind"! Thats a very big flaw in this "greatest nation of earth" assumption wouldnt you agree? This country sends more tax dollars to other countries to finance THEIR militarys than it spends on educating our own children!!! THATS a problem!!!!

    October 25, 2014 at 2:42 pm | Reply
  19. chri§§y

    And before you ask...yes we HAD a very nice school district a few years ago. But then our "esteemed" governor decided to cut a billion dollars from our education budget! Meanwhile giving his staff members pay increases of 82 to 90% pay increases! So before this country decides it must fix the rest of the world, maybe it should work on its OWN part of the world!

    October 25, 2014 at 3:23 pm | Reply
  20. chri§§y

    Sorry i did not mean to post "pay increases" twice in my last post but then again...i cant say it enough i guess...considering the majority of the work force in my state havent had even a 1% pay increase in YEARS! Particularly teachers!

    October 25, 2014 at 3:29 pm | Reply
  21. Randy

    Ahhhh yes. Education, eh?

    In India, millions of girls are strangled, slowly starved or simply tossed in the trash. Moreover, in India, at least 1,370 girls are aborted every day. As a comparison, some 250 Indians die every day in road accidents. Terrorists killed about six people, on an average, every day in 2013. In the last two decades of economic debacle, 10 million girls have died as such in India.

    October 25, 2014 at 4:50 pm | Reply
    • rupert

      @randy. So if I were to google your claims, they would prove to be true, and what are the top 5 countries with the highest incidents of ra_pe? Where does India place? Do you personally know of any such victim in India of this crime?

      October 25, 2014 at 9:35 pm | Reply
  22. chri§§y

    @ Randy...do YOU live in India? I dont so my focus is more on the problems in my own country sorry.

    October 25, 2014 at 7:26 pm | Reply
  23. banasylivestotroll

    She does.

    October 25, 2014 at 9:47 pm | Reply
    • banasy©

      Do stop being absurd and projecting your behavior onto others.
      It isn't polite.

      October 25, 2014 at 10:08 pm | Reply
  24. chri§§y

    Thats true @ rupert...and as ive said so many times...expectation leads to disappointment! But then as we see so often...some people wouldnt be happy no matter who was POTUS! At least Obama has handled most criticism with dignity and grace! And he has my utmost respect. In fact i think he has been grossly UNDERPAID for all that he has had to endure from that traitorist bunch of hypocrits of Congress! And should be given combat pay and a medal of honor as well.

    October 25, 2014 at 10:17 pm | Reply
  25. rupert

    True, but high expectations in any context can often lead to disappoints. And I see it that way too, President Obama has brought some grace and dignity into the Oval Office that has been absent since the Reagan Administration.

    October 26, 2014 at 12:25 am | Reply
  26. chri§§y

    Lol @ rupert...ISNT that what i said???

    October 26, 2014 at 2:03 am | Reply
  27. chri§§y

    Cookies are bad for your health, havent you heard? And seems the ONLY one not grown up around here is the name stealing troll.

    October 26, 2014 at 11:07 am | Reply

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