I told you some of the less work-like things would return to this blog.
However, for those who remember the personal stuff I used to include here two and three years ago, this isn’t that much of a departure.
I Tumbled today that I felt Fred Astaire was unbeatable in performing ‘Puttin’ on the Ritz’ in Blue Skies in 1946. But Russian prime minister Vladimir Putin surely comes a close second in this video, Putin on the Ritz? Guest appearance from former US president George W. Bush.
I thought this was very cleverly done.Posted by Jack Yan, 02:23
Looks like the Palinomenon has continued, this time on The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien, where the former governor got her own back against William Shatner, who had lampooned two of her speeches and excerpts from her autobiography.
Judging by the audience applause, the response to Sarah Palin—you know, the Sarah Palin with more Facebook followers than Oprah Winfrey—seemed to be positive. Americans, like anyone, enjoy a dose of humour and the ability to poke fun at oneself, and I dare say this book tour of Sarah Palin, which gave her a larger platform than her opponents, has done her image considerable good for those with shorter memories.
I still don’t agree with a lot of what she says—and now I understand that she’s a climate change doubter to boot—but I take my hat off to her performance on American network television.
Don’t be surprised now if I say that a future George W. Bush book tour will go down very well, once a suitable time has passed for people to don rose-coloured glasses about 2001–9. Regardless of how well or badly he does (depending on one’s point of view), some Obama fatigue will set in, as it does for every president. Apart from those who have stuck ﬁrm to the idea that Bush is a crook, a lot of people might begin to think that a Dubya autobiography might make good reading.Posted by Jack Yan, 05:42
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