Griffs Notes 10/10/06

Ladies and Gentlemen, please rise for the President of the United States… Robin Williams! Sounds crazy, huh?

I say, why the heck not?!

A new film opening Friday across the country called Man of the Year features Robin Williams playing a late night comedy talk show host who finds himself on the winning side of a presidential election. Of course, considering it’s Hollywood and it’s Robin Williams – this isn’t a portrayal of George W. Bush or any fictitious Republican candidate.

When asked about the film, Williams told reporters, “this isn’t about one party or another. It’s about how the whole system sucks!” And I can’t say I’d argue with him on that point.

After all, Ronald Reagan was an actor for those of us old enough to remember Bedtime for Bonzo. And then there’s California’s governor Arnold “The Terminator” Schwarzenegger. So who says actors can’t be good politicians?

I’ve about had it with the political wisdom that flows freely from the hills of Hollywood when nothing these overpaid superstars say face the scrutiny of accountability. It’s one thing to criticize the administration and express your First Amendment rights, but it’s another thing to say, “hey, I could do a better job.” So let’s settle this once and for all. Give it your best shot, Hollywood!

As far as skeletons in the closet go, what could be more exciting than putting some of Hollywood’s finest under the excruciating microscope of a national election? Warren Beatty, call your press secretary.

I think the convergence of public service, truth, integrity and private immorality might actually do the system good. It might even clean up Hollywood which in turn would provide us with much more appropriate role models for our kids.

President-elect Williams may not enjoy the weight of the future of the free world on his shoulders – but he’ll get used to it.

And I almost forgot, he’ll need a good running mate too… Barbra Streisand!

God Bless you and God Bless these United States… Na-noo, Na-noo!

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