Tuesday, July 29, 2003

Camelot! Camelot! Camelot! (It's only a model)

Ask not, what you can do for your country, but what I can do for your career

I watched some of the Bob Hope coverage last night. In many of the film and photo montages covering his career there was usually a picture of him posing alongside President Kennedy. You often see this on the news. For anybody to be anybody, they have to have a picture of themselves standing alongside JFK. It was as if he was the gold standard by which anybody could say they finally "Made It". Think about it. I'm sure there's a wax statue of Kennedy at Madame Toussaud's, and maybe there is one of Gerald Ford there as well. Which one do you think people are standing next to for a photo? Remember that photo of a young Bill Clinton shaking hands with JFK? Bingo. Clinton suddenly was graced with an aura that only Kennedy could confer. Had Clinton met LBJ or Nixon instead, what do you think the effect of such a photo would have been? Certainly anything but magical.

You know, I would bet money that right now J-Lo and Ben Affleck's publicists are trying to figure out how to get these two into a photo with Kennedy. Don't be surprised if the next J-Lo video has her strutting through Madame Toussaud's - spinning and whirling around the wax figure of JFK and provocatively gliding her hands across his waxy suitcoat buttons....


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