Surreal Saturday

[Yikes.  The month is only four days old and I’m already running behind.  Feeling under the weather while keeping an eye on Patty who was in and out of the hospital twice last week with her usual gut problems.  She’s pawing for skritchies right now so that’s good.]

The King’s Speech won the Oscar for Best Picture and Colin Firth, Best Actor.  If you’ve been following my blog, you might have guessed I am pleased the film received the acclaim it deserved.The king’s Rocky-esque training has lead to numerous parodies.  This was broadcast on Jimmy Kimmel Live and is the funniest I’ve seen.  For those of you outside the U.S., neither ex-President Bush nor former World Heavyweight Boxing champion Mike Tyson have speech impediments, and are not known for their eloquence or brainpower.

11 thoughts on “Surreal Saturday

  1. Thanks for pointing us to this video! Loved all the extra touches, such as the US flag pin and the Mission Accomplished and the Tyler Perry reference. Totally laughed out loud at this!

    • Oh yes, they managed to squeeze in a lot of small things. I could see Tyler Perry doing something like this too. LOL!

  2. Hilarious! Though I wonder why we were so relatively unsympathetic to Bush II’s speech difficulties. Watching this and thinking about my reaction to The King’s Speech definitely made me contemplative.

    • That crossed my mind. I won’t get political, but will say this. I have such a seriously negative opinion about Bush II on a myriad of subjects that it negates any sympathy I might have towards him. He’s simply not a sympathetic to me like George VI.

      • Well, part of it was that we never saw any sense that it bothered Bush that he was challenged this way (or that he even noticed it…). I read somewhere that the week of the 9/11 attacks, Newt Gingrich had made an appointment with the White House to discuss Bush’s severely problematic public speaking and what could be done about it … saved by catastrophe, I suppose 🙂 Dan Quayle was another case — ridiculous, never sympathetic.

        • I knew you’d find a more coherent explanation. ;)I hear public confidence in Bush teetered on the precipice before 9/11 which saved his imagine in a sense, at least for a few years.

  3. Oh this was a scream! LOL I have no trouble being unsympathetic about GBII.We have a great tradition in Canada of mocking our leaders and it is usually all in fun, sometimes even with their participation.

    • I think that’s healthy. Politicians can take themselves waaaaaay to seriously and start believing too much in their own PR.

  4. I was thinking, too, that in order to be POTUS you have to want to be it. It doesn’t happen (to most people — I supposed Gerald Ford was an exception) by accident. Bertie has the rhetorical advantage for the purposes of generating sympathy of being “forced into the limelight.”

    • That’s a good point. I don’t think Ford believed Nixon would resign until the last few weeks. Why Ford accepted the vice presidency of such a an unpopular administration I don’t know. It was a thankless job and the public never forgave him for pardoning Nixon. He gave himself a dubious legacy.

  5. We can also be a bit – satirical? about U.S. politicians and presidents. As we’re a wee bit economically entwined and live on the border, the President matters. It is fun to satirise our lot – the Air Farce and other radio and TV shows have been highly popular. Or the Royals…Goerge VI rightly earned the respect and affection of his people, for overcoming crippling disadvantages to become the king of WWII – no wonder his daughter loves “Eastenders”.How is Patty?

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