The only reason to watch tonight’s publicity stunt State Of The Union speech is to see if the “prom night” seating arrangement backfires. Now that they will not be divided by an aisle but rather sitting at close proximity it would “up” the entertainment value if Obama Dimocrats and Republicans start punching or biting each other when they disagree. We’ll watch and comment tonight, for this unlikely reason alone, fingers crossed.
Other than that potential for World Wrestling type entertainment there is not much reason to watch or listen tonight. We know that Michelle Obama will be told to leave the cocktail dress in the hamper and dress in something sensible that most Americans will not recoil at seeing.
The “no cocktail dress” strategy will be the big concession to political independents and the visually unimpaired. Michelle Obama will be forced to do her part to appear “middle of the road”. As part of that great reach out to sensible Americans we can almost guarantee that Michelle Obama will have one of her Cinderellas sew sleeves onto whatever frock is forced on her.
Seated next to M.O., expect someone like Congresswoman Gifford’s husband as an example of how “in touch” Michelle Obama and Barack Obama are. We will not be surprised if there is an additional “surprise” guest (maybe Daniel Hernandez the Gifford’s intern – he’s gay and Latino and young – a threefer publicity stunt plum).
As to Barack Obama, the big issue is whether or not he will wash the gray hairs away, once again, in order to appear young and vigorous – a la Justin Beiber – to his drifting away Obama Cult. Having been caught more than once with Miss Clairol the betting is that he will not try to ban the gray hairs in such a major public appearance. If he does go anti-gray, this will be an indication that Obama and his White House thugs believe Big Media will still protect him from even such low level scrutiny. If we do see gray, it is an indication that Obama believes Big Media is off the reservation and will indeed remark if the gray suddenly vanishes.
Our bet on this most “gray” issue is that Obama will vote “present”. Expect enough of a cover up that Big Media will feel able to ignore the lessened gray but enough gray will be covered up so that Obama’s head will not appear to be a moldy strawberry.Did you watch? I didn't. C.I. called me this morning at work. She said, "Betty, I'm so sorry to dump this on you . . ." Then basically lays a gift in my lap. Only C.I. apologizes and frets over niceness.
A friend of hers just lost two big accounts and a partner -- a friend in the interior decorating business. To show her support for her friend, C.I. told her she could redo all the rooms -- ALL of them -- in the house except the bedrooms my kids and I are in. So C.I. was calling to say it was fine if I didn't want it but if I or the kids wanted it, we could get the rooms redone completely to our liking.
Now the room I'm in is gorgeous. But the thought of being able to offer some thoughts and have a professional expand and implement them?
If I didn't work, I'd be watching Better Homes And Gardens programming all day. I'm not joking. I can't stand the primetime stuff because they try to macho it up and make it about "tear down this wall" blah blah. But the redecorating stuff (like TLC used to do so well)? I love that.
So I had a ton of ideas. And the kids were all for it as well. They're excited. I'm excited. And we met with the woman this evening to offer our ideas. I told the kids, "She's a professional and who knows how she's going to take this input and produce something out of it but I think it'll be fun regardless." And I do.
And she's a really sweet woman. She reminds me of Brooke on my mother's favorite soap ("All My Children"). It'll be really interesting to see what she does with the whole place.
Oh, there is one room that's not being done. When C.I. called me and I said I'd love to, she said, "Really, Betty? If you don't, it's fine. I'm not having my room redone because I don't have time to go through it right now" and put things in order. She's on the road every week. She's home for about 48 hours if that. I would go nuts. It sounds like it would be fun and exciting but I'd lose it after three months. And it's eight years for C.I. next month. Wow.
The speech? I didn't catch it and I don't feel like I missed anything.
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