Talk Talk Talk Talk Talk Myself to Death: Inapt Comparisons

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Inapt Comparisons

This one's for Mrs. Talk Talk Talk Talk Talk. A couple of weeks ago, while he was kept waiting by the presumptive Republican nominee, the Prez broke into a little dance. Cuing off of that and some other seeming out-of-character moments, Maureen Dowd wrote:

Everyone here is flummoxed about why the president is in such a fine mood.

The dollar's crumpling, the recession's thundering, the Dow's bungee-jumping and the world's disapproving, yet George Bush has turned into Gene Kelly, tap dancing and singing in a one-man review called "The Most Happy Fella."

Unfortunately, one reader begged to differ. Actually, a number of readers might have, but only one was married to Gene Kelly:

To the Editor:

Surely it must have been a slip for Maureen Dowd to align the artistry of my late husband, Gene Kelly, with the president's clumsy performances. To suggest that "George Bush has turned into Gene Kelly" represents not only an implausible transformation but a considerable slight. If Gene were in a grave, he would have turned over in it.

When Gene was compared to the grace and agility of Jack Dempsey, Wayne Gretzky and Willie Mays, he was delighted. But to be linked with a clunker — particularly one he would consider inept and demoralizing — would have sent him reeling.

Graduated with a degree in economics from Pitt, Gene was not only a gifted dancer, director and choreographer, he was also a most civilized man. He spoke multiple languages; wrote poetry; studied history; understood the projections of Adam Smith and John Maynard Keynes. He did the Sunday Times crossword in ink. Exceedingly articulate, Gene often conveyed more through movement than others manage with words.

Sadly, President Bush fails to communicate meaningfully with either. For George Bush to become Gene Kelly would require impossible leaps in creativity, erudition and humility.

Patricia Ward Kelly

(Via Atrios)


At 12:52 PM, March 22, 2008, Blogger Stuart Shea said...

I'm sure Mrs. TTT was very happy to see this. For the Prez, "Gotta Dunce" might be more like it.


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