Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Least presidential thing

With all the hoopla Sunday night and since about the killing of Osama bin Laden, there is a movie quote that keeps running through my mind. It's a quote from "The American President" (1995).

President Andrew Shepherd: What I did tonight was not about political gain. 
Leon Kodak: Yes sir. But it can be, sir. What you did tonight was very presidential. 
President Andrew Shepherd: Leon, somewhere in Libya right now, a janitor's working the night shift at Libyan Intelligence headquarters. He's going about doing his job... because he has no idea, in about an hour he's going to die in a massive explosion. He's just going about his job, because he has no idea that about an hour ago I gave an order to have him killed. You've just seen me do the least presidential thing I do. 


Michael Douglas plays President Andrew Shepherd. If you haven't seen the movie, I highly recommend it. 


While I understand the necessity, I find the euphoria.... uncalled for? Cheap? A lot of other people have pinpointed some of the uncomfortable feelings I have watching the cheering crowds and reading the smack talk on Twitter. So I'll share one that I think makes the point rather well.


I found links on Feministing and GOOD to this post on ColorLines.

1 comment:

  1. I found the celebrations uncalled for too. I posted about it...'someone's son' is what I called the post if you're interested. Followed you here from Amber Page Writes~

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