Saturday, February 19, 2005

America's New Favorite Couple

Photo ops with America's two new sweethearts are the hottest media ticket in town. Shown standing together, smiling, waving, on the front page of every major American newspaper, they're the adorable elderly couple who've found themselves together after separate lives for all these years -- George Herbert Walker Bush and William Jefferson Clinton. It makes you wonder who defaulted on their deal with Faust.

Seen everywhere together from the Super Bowl to their hit TV commercial hawking tsunami relief, it makes you wonder what it must be like for two men with such different worldviews -- and certainly differing feelings about our current President -- to spend so much quality time together. Like more than a few other celebrity couples, I wonder if their outwardly solid public unity is even better behind the curtain or worse?

With their national barnstorming tour and their current trip to the Indian ocean, I'd love to know what it must be like on the plane. Do they play gin, talk about what they'd do if they were President, and watch the world go by? Or do they retreat with their respective staffers to continue advising, book writing, and generally working at opposing ends. I can just see George on the phone to his son, Cheney, and fellow members of the Trilateral commission while Bill is talking to Howard Dean and flirting with the buxom flight attendant.

While it is nice to see these former political enemies working together for common good, it's a little weird to see them playing so nicely together. ("Barb? Don't wait up. I'm having dinner at Bill's house.") It's also downright creepy to see them dressed in matching blazers and golf shirts like aging PGA stars revisiting Augusta. At least they haven't crossed into the errant hug territory that haunted John Kerry and John Edwards. Every photo of them together looked like they were about to kiss.


At Sat Feb 19, 02:17:00 PM, Blogger Erudite Redneck said...

I don't know who you're talking about.

At Sat Feb 19, 04:31:00 PM, Blogger Erudite Redneck said...

Well, now I know who yer talking about. Did you accidentally just post part of this earlier, or am I losing my mind??? :-) Former Presidents of the United States is a very small, elite club. I think it's cool that they're doing what they're doing. They are a reminder to the world, and to the less cynical amongst ourselves, that while politics actually does NOT end at the nation's shores, it does tend to disappear just outside the exit door to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., as far as previous occupants are concerned. Now, if people would just get off Jimmy Carter's ass!

At Sat Feb 19, 05:52:00 PM, Blogger braingirl said...

Had a posting glitch earlier -- sorry about that. I think what they're doing is cool, too. It's just sort of weird in a cats and monkeys breeding kind of way.


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