January 21, 2009

Obama's Inarguable Address - Interlude

Hatched by Dafydd

By the way, here's something even more interesting than Coldplay ripping off Joe Satriani (tip of the hat to Michael Medved)...

Anybody remember this unforgettable line from Barack H. Obama's inaggravating address?

Starting today, we must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and begin again the work of remaking America.

Great line! Truly memorable. I especially remember it from when Fred and Ginger sang it in Swing Time, 1936...



Of course, Fred Astaire's character really was supposed to be able to dance; he fakes being a novice, falling down repeatedly, so he can trick Ginger Rogers into "teaching" him (his interest is purely amorous). Two minutes later, he saves her job by pretending that she has managed, in a single lesson, to turn him into -- well, into Fred Astaire! (Pause the video the moment it starts, let it load fully, then slide forward to about 2:36 to see how the scene above continues.)



I certainly don't begrudge the student prince in old Washingberg cribbing from the best -- Jerome Kern and Dorothy Fields; though I strongly suspect Obama or his speechwriters heard the Natalie Cole version instead: I just can't picture that crowd of po-mo lefties actually watching Fred Astaire movies from the 1930s.

But couldn't they at least have given attribution?

Hatched by Dafydd on this day, January 21, 2009, at the time of 10:52 PM

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The following hissed in response by: ManlyDad

Great way to end the day. Such energy. Such joy. Thanks Daffydd.

The above hissed in response by: ManlyDad [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 22, 2009 12:07 AM

The following hissed in response by: Dick E

Thanks from here too, Dafydd.

Imagine how much hard, grueling work went into making that scene look so joyful and carefree. Just what people needed in the middle of the Depression.

I wonder how many comparable scenes of unbridled bliss Hollywood will provide this time around? Other than the heart-stopping politically correct moments. And without, as Monty Python used to say, the “naughty bits.”

The above hissed in response by: Dick E [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 22, 2009 9:25 AM

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