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Monday, April 14, 2008

Give Me A Serious Man (Woman)

I'm getting a little tired of one-liners being a substitute for an intellectual argument. It’s just a way to get a rise out of people at the expense of other people. Comedians do it. Did you get a load of Jimmy Kimmel unloading on the rarely pathetic Simon Cowle, whose discomfort was evident? I have a feeling Paula Abdul will live to regret it deeply since she found Kimmels' insults so funny and clever. When Simon pays her back it will be worth watching. However I don't think this is the proper approach for a person that wants to be President. I think its okay when the venue is the Al Wilson Dinner in New York or the National Correspondent's Dinner in Washington, where the President is expected to be funny, clever, sarcastic and sometimes as nasty as those who criticize him. But when Barack Obama characterizes Hilary Clinton as Annie Oakley to ridicule something she said to get a cheap laugh, it seems unbecoming and not very Presidential. Hilary has also done this with her clever retorts, designed by professional writers, to be evoke a good laugh and permit her to avoid answering tough questions or putting forth good ideas. All three candidates have tried to use the various news and entertainment forums to create awareness of their Presidential aspirations in the voting population. Its Leno, Letterman, Kimmel, Stewart, Matthews, King, Hannity, Colmes, O'Reilly, Wallace, Stephanopolous and Russert. Their efforts to have their speechwriters come up with good jokes, clever retorts and biting insults makes them appear like a bunch of comedians and not serious candidates for the Presidency. Quite frankly, it's too clever by half and has become stupifyingly boring. If we wanted a comedian for a President there are plenty of them to choose from. But, I don't want a comedian. I want someone who is serious about being President. I want someone who will take our important and even non-important issues seriously. Want to tell jokes Barack? Want to tell funny stories Hilary? Want to match wits with Letterman, John? Get a job as a comedian and leave the Presidency to someone who is serious.