July 14, 2007

But He Played One On TV


I was waiting for the first good visual exposition of the new White House briefing room turned broadcast stage.

I'm just happy I got to see the production view first — before any shot of the Prez coming at me accompanied by full whiz bang graphics and video.  Looking at this, Mr. Orwell, it feel like the Presidency has finally, fully morphed into a TV show. 

For posterity (since Bush can't stop talking about history these days — as if jettisoning any question of his mistakes far into the future), when someone asks — as a piece of trivia — who played the White House Network's first President, you could lie in wait for a moment, enjoy the quizzical expressions on the younger faces, then pipe up:  "It was Bush Jr. — but, thank God, he was only on for two seasons."

(image: Brendan Smialowski for The New York Times.  July 12, 2007.  Washington.  nytimes.com. linked image: Jason Reed/Reuters. July 11, 2007. via YahooNews.)

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