>>> Not very bright comedians, then, >> >>Extremely bright. But people have different tastes >>when it comes to comedy. > > This shuck-and-jive does not become you, Kirby. You did not previously > write about taste in comedy. You wrote, > >> ...and shared a sense of loss over not having GWB to >>provide so much yummy chucklebait for the sharp witted >>sharks. >> >>Obama is a lot harder to spoof... > > In fact, Obama is obscenely easy to spoof---unless you feel politically > constrained.
Well, maybe Obama is a more talented leader than he gets credit for then. One of GWB's selling features was how much chucklebait he gave out. Dan Quayle too. I think H.W. Bush was an influence in both cases.
You may not share my view that a primary responsibility of a president is to keep it somewhat light if at all possible. GWB was quite good at that, kept lots of audiences howling at his bloopers ("subliminable" etc.).
He kept it up even through 911 and the subsequent panic attacks, which I thought was admirable. His attempt to wind things up with that Mission Accomplished event might have worked, but Congress was hell bent on keeping it going (both parties), in no mood for celebrating victory.
We need stuff to celebrate. Iraqis and Americans should do something together to mark the end of combat relations. Obama should go over there like Bush did, with that rubber turkey (also quite funny, not to mention somewhat bold).
As you may recall from previous posts, I also admire George for staying out of Vietnam. Draft dodging was the ethical thing to do back then. I'm glad we now have precedent for draft dodgers getting to be president.
>>I was passing along the read of these pro comedians, but >>then I can see where they might feel that way. > > So can I. Either they are stupid, or they are politically > constrained. I suppose the latter is more likely than the > former.
Did I mention these were Arab Americans? Yes, they're highly constrained, given the xenophobia, hatred of immigrants by other immigrants, the ugly mood. Put yourself in front of some angry suspicious white folks and see if you can make them laugh at your jokes. You might be taking your life in your own hands. Borat / Bruno could tell you as much, and he's Jewish.
>>We live in confusing times, with lots of world views >>(Hansen.A2) crunching into a somewhat tight space, >>given the speed up in memes. > > And I find the times depressingly predictable.
You might wanna share some predictions then, so we can look back and see what came true.
I'm predicting more international schools with experimental curricula, backed by the State Department, some overseas, some domestic. More Girl Scout Math (including for guys).
I predict this regardless of who is president. I predict some military bases may get repurposed along these lines, and that some vets will have a role as faculty.
What goes on in these schools will have some impact on what your Education Mafia teaches perhaps. Kids will see on TV what "off your duff" math looks like and hanker for similar training. You'll even learn how to grow your own vegetables (maybe in a dome, maybe not -- depends on the climate).