Friday, January 30, 2009

Friday Gratuitous Brit-Bashing

While we were up in New York slaving for The Man, we got invited to a dinner party where we were seated next to a correspondent for the UK Telegraph. Charming fellow, and he recently published a piece advancing the thesis that being president of the United States may actually prove more difficult than a week of inauguration parties would lead a foreign journalist to believe. He didn't interview us, but he did talk to our dinner host - he's the one attacking the 'biased liberal media' and impugning the patriotism of the Left (his wife, we should say unreservedly, is a fantastic cook.)

Politics aside, though, what made us chuckle was this:

Talking solemnly on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Justin Timberlake intoned how, the day after the inauguration, "I woke up with a little swagger in my step…[Americans] all of a sudden have swagger. We are cool now. Think about it."

It was a predictably cringe-making choice of words from a pop star who, in any other country probably wouldn't have been allowed anywhere near the spotlight on such an occasion.

Setting aside the fact that, as far as we can tell, Timberlake never got anywhere near the inauguration or any of the parties, or that, where we come from at least, if you sleep with Britney Spears, Cameron Diaz and Jessica Biel we already think you're swaggering and cool (of course, Swampscott did go heavily for Obama), what we most love is the implication that no country other than silly ol' America would ever allow a pop star to play even a tangential role in a solemn state affair.

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