Thursday, September 18, 2008

Glasses? Seriously?!

So, last night, I'm checking my spam-a-lot AOL account, because I have one or two acquaintances who email me there. To access the sign-in page, I go to AOL's homepage and this is what I see:

Don't see it? Let me zoom in a little closer.

Still don't see it? Okay, how about this time? (If you still can't see it, click on it. If you can't see it after that, I can't help you.)

And there it is: Sarah Palin's "...Glasses are Hot!"

Oh, dear God! SERIOUSLY?!

Like, what the fuck?!

The economy is tanking as evidenced by a 450 point drop in the Dow on Wednesday, the bail out of AIG on Tuesday, Bank of America's buy out of Merrill Lynch on Monday, the demise of Lehman Bros. on Sunday, and the soon-to-be extinction of Washington Mutual and we're talking about her friggin' glasses?!

In the meantime, the Bush Doctrine is working so well, our embassy in Yemen was bombed yesterday and our one-day old commitment not to breach the sovereignty of Pakistan is negated by our military firing missiles over the border at that tenuous ally in the "war on terror".

Unemployment is more than 6%--a level it wasn't supposed to reach until January 2009. Healthcare is still in the pot. Meanwhile, over in Houston and other parts of Texas and Louisiana the lights are still out thanks to Hurricane Ike (but there is no global warming/climate change. "It's just God, huggin' us a little closer!")

People! Listen up! We have got to get our priorities straight here. The fact that Palin's glasses are hot or that Michelle Obama made People's Best Dressed is not the priority right now. To quote the American President:
America isn't easy. America is advanced citizenship. You've gotta want it bad, 'cause it's gonna put up a fight... We have serious problems to solve and we need serious people to solve them. And whatever your particular problem is, I promise you, [Sen. McCain's] is not the least bit interested in solving it. He is interested in two things and two things only: making you afraid of it and telling you who's to blame for it. That, ladies and gentlemen, is how you win elections.
Hopefully, we're smarter than that. Hopefully, we see through the smoke screens and the trivia to the serious issues and the truth. Glasses as an accessory and accoutrement to sexiness are not the issue in this election. Assuring that every American has the means to obtain their healthcare needs--including glasses--is one of the issues, among so many.

Let's not be distracted by the glaringly inane when we are in need of the simplicity of wisdom and sound policies.


Cyndy said...

"It's just God, huggin' us a little closer!"

Who said that? I read that somewhere yesterday and thought "what an idiot" and then I forgot all about it. Now I want to know, who in the hell said that?

Also, her glasses are not hot.

J.M. Tewkesbury said...

Cyndy: It was actually a line Tina Fey wrote when she did her impersonation of Palin on SNL this past weekend. Scroll down a couple of entries and you can watch Tina Fey and Amy Poehler deliver their joint Palin-Clinton message. It's priceless.

Cele said...

A little closer, ha ha, I loved it then I love it now. How inane.

In this land of people who want it done for them I'm not surprised to find them focusing on Palin's glasses, to look any closer would mean they would have to wonder why the woman is using her Yahoo account for official business. Hmmm sounds familiar, oh look something shiny.

wow, big run on sentence.

Or pay attention to what future plan McCain is hiding under the guise of his campaign retoric.

Virginia said...

Frivolous, you want frivolous? How about this one:
Hey Sarah, Debbie Reynolds called, she wants her hairdo back! Now back to serious politics. Sometimes lately I think we all need to laugh to keep from crying, it's all so damn depressing.

Scenic Wheaton said...

This was a good one.

J.M. Tewkesbury said...

Cele: You hit it on the head with this line: to look any closer would mean they would have to wonder why John McCain chose her and what the impact is of his choice. Instead, it is, as your next best line states, something shiny to distract us from the real issues. What a shame.

Virginia: You crack me up! And you give me hope that maybe, just maybe, there are millions of other Americans out there who think like you. Somehow, though, I doubt it. And that depresses me.

Scenic: Thanks! Glasses. Sheesh. Give us a break.

Adriana Velez said...

Michelle Obama made People's Best Dressed? Awesome.

Um, what were you saying? It sounded kind of important...

Bernie said...

You definitely hit the nail on the head with this post. I especially like the quote from The American President - one of my favorite paragraphs in the movie.

J.M. Tewkesbury said...

Adrianaaaaaaa... You're suppose to be my ally in this, girl! Wake up! ;-)

Bernie: Thanks! I'm trying not to get too het up about this stuff (ha! Yeah, right!, she says sarcastically), but some of this stuff is just too unbelievable to be ignored.

P.S. Glad you like this blog, too. I'm sure you can appreciate why I don't get political on D.C. Confidential.

Jason in DC said...

Well after all isn't great fashion sense an important qualification for being Vice President.

I mean after all what else does a Vice President do.

In all seriousness this time around you can't blame Palin you have to blame AOL for posting such a silly story.

D.C. Confidential said...

Jason in DC: What does a VP do? Traditionally, nothing but wait for the president to die. However, the current administration has changed all of that with Cheney and I'm afraid in a McCain-Palin administration she'll meddle in ways a VP ought not to.

As for her glasses, you're right: It's not a story Palin herself generated, but it is a story because AOL/AP chose to make it one. My point is still that we have more serious issues to discuss and Palin's glasses are a serious non-sequitor.

Jason in DC said...

My what does the Vice President do comment is a take of a video I saw of Palin. She said she had no idea what the Vice President did.

Or as John Nance Garner described the office of the vice presidency as being "not worth a bucket of warm piss."

But as you say the office has changed over time especially with this administration when the VP at times seems to be running the whole show.

J.M. Tewkesbury said...

Jason: Ah, that's clearer! Sorry for misunderstanding. I know which interview you're talking about. McCain must have promised her something really big and important (beyond simply being his running mate) for her to say "Yes" after wondering "what it is exactly that a vice president does."

It would be nice if the office of the VP was worth a little more than "a warm bucket of piss", but I think the president should define that role. Dick Cheney has made a mess of the office and I hope whoever ends up in it next (please, dear God, let it be Biden) does some damage control ASAP.