Mr Potter From It’s A Wonderful Life Makes Surprise Appearance at Inauguration

After mulling it over with Archie Bunker and pre-epiphany Ebineezer Scrooge in the days prior to Tuesday’s historic inauguration, outgoing Vice President Dick Cheney decided yesterday that the best way to really drive home his now-famous “I’m an angry old prick” platform of the last 8 years was to look just like the evil Mr Potter from Frank Capra’s classic Christmas feel-good, It’s a Wonderful Life. The extremely unpopular Vice President took questions from reporters in a private news conference a few hours prior to the swearing-in.
Cheney, seen here arriving at Capitol Hill, has been described by presidential historians as a "warped and frustrated old man."
Cheney, seen here arriving at Capitol Hill, has been described by presidential historians as a "warped and frustrated old man."

“You see, if you shoot pool with some employee here, you can come and borrow money,” Mr. Cheney told reporters when asked for his thoughts on the recent economic downturn. “What does that get us? A discontented, lazy rabble instead of a thrifty, working class.”

Moments later, in a strange exchange, a reporter from the Washington Post wished the outgoing Vice President a happy New Year. Mr. Cheney responded by leaning into a microphone and shouting, “And a happy New Year to you — in jail!” He then wheeled away furiously.

 

The former Vice President in Bedford Falls, NY
The former Vice President in Bedford Falls, NY

It’s fitting that a man who leaves office with a 13% favorability rating, in his final, begrudging moments in power, to quite remarkably resemble an iconic Hollywood curmudgeon. Fair thee well, Richard. We shall all miss that scowl.

 

 

Also of note: Warren’s Poor Word Choice

During Rick Warren’s over-the-top religo-tainment spectacular prior to Obama’s swearing in, I noticed an interesting little slip of the tongue. When speaking of the American Dream and such, Warren referred to America as a nation of “unequalled possibility.” Unfortunately for the best-selling evangelical, it sounded a lot more like he said ours is a nation with “unequal” possiblity. Oops. Was it a Freudian slip that took Warren’s optimistic sermon about opportunity and made it a bit more in touch with what is still an unequal reality? Maybe he should have just picked a different word.

Can you clarify for us, Rick? Are we a nation that provides its people possibilities unequaled by any other country? Or are we a nation that provides unequal possibilities to different groups of people? Since Mr. Warren had to jet off back to his mega-church right after his speech, I guess we’ll just have to wait to see what exactly he meant.

-Bill

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