Wednesday, November 26, 2008


Every year since Chimpy McFlightsuit has taken office, I've avoided watching him speak, no matter what national circumstances we find ourselves in: Too painful. This is particularly true for events like the Easter Egg Roll (a.k.a. keep the kids of dykes and faggots off the White House lawn) or meeting horrified foreign dignitaries who must wonder how low we have fallen as a nation. But they flash by on the screen as I hit mute. And this year, our local news anchor had a knowing grin on his face when he began "In what may perhaps be his last official pardon, President Bush..." as footage of two befuddled creatures rolled, one of them in a suit.

Once again, my longing for Josiah Bartlet to be REAL stirred my viscera. And I was reminded of my favorite West Wing character, Claudia Jean Cregg, when she had to handle turkey pardoning in the Bartlet White House. For your early holiday pleasure, below are three videos from an era when we still believed in a Presidency that was not tainted by fanaticism and greed (restoration underway, giving thanks early I am):

C.J. meets the turkeys to be pardoned (poor quality video)

C.J. must ask the President to pardon another turkey

President Bartlet on the Butterball hotline


Liza Cowan said...

I find myself dipping into The West Wing these days. It's on tv in the morning here and I can sometimes catch it before I start off for work. Yesterday I saw the one where CJ fell in the pool, the day Toby asked her to be Press Secretary.

According to IMDB Aaron Sorkin is writing a screenplay for The Trial Of The Chicago 7. That should be exciting.

kat said...

Boyfriend and I have started watching the West Wing. We first rented it a few weeks before the election (neither of us had ever seen it before). It's a really cool show, and I'm glad that I'm watching now, when there's a chance that we might not all end up in a handbasket at the gates of hell....It would have been too depressing a couple of years ago.