Both of them are great entertainers. Personally, I would have to give Michael the nod, since he did such groundbreaking work with Monty Python, has had such a long, distinguished career, and produced an enormous body of funny work.
But Sarah’s ascension to the heights of politics and TV and humor is also groundbreaking. She may be catching up…
Last night, I visited my Mom in her room at Carillon. She was sleeping (which is what she does most of the time these days) so it was a chance to watch a little TV.
Television, of course, is mostly a waste of time. But, given the circumstances, it seemed like a pretty good thing to do. It was too dark in the room to read. The power supply on my laptop is on the blink (quite literally, in fact; the light is blinking, and not charging the battery). It’s not the appropriate time and place for meditation. And I wanted to sit awhile.
Barack Obama, a kid “with a funny name,” raised by a single parent — and a brilliant student — paid off his college loans by publishing Dreams from my Father (a great book; I listened to the audio, read by the author/President, which won a Grammy).
Sarah Palin wrote a book too, Going Rogue — but here she was, climbing a rock, grasping for a grip, engaged in an epic struggle for sure footing, wearing a mic and talking about how hard it was.
She’s the new kind of American hero. The realty show star. All personality and celebrity. Great TV material for a campaign. But President? The fact that she has any support at all for this is phenomenal. And fascinating.
To her credit, it was an athletic accomplishment. But if it had been almost anybody else, it would have been way too boring too watch. In this case, it might be ingenious marketing. After all, whether she runs for President or not, she’s made about $20 million this year.
Putting aside the demonetization that’s so persistent from political opposition, Kennedy and Obama are real heroes who can inspire children with their remarkable lives and rhetoric and achievement.
My mom is grasping to life. The details of her life also contain elements of remarkable heroism.
In fact, when you scratch the surface, it’s apparent that many people are heroes. They’re all around us. Everywhere.
Sarah Palin is a hero also (a working woman, raising five children — like my mom). I admire the way she grasps and climbs.
But I’m not so sure, at this point, if she’s climbing the right rock.