One would think that being president of the United States would keep you busy enough getting the economy back on its feet, implementing a national health plan, pulling troops out of Afghanistan, dealing with Syria and North Korea and, well, you get the picture.
But apparently, Barack Obama has time left over to watch television. As did George W. Bush before him, Bill Clinton before him and even going back to Ronald Reagan.
A recent New York Times article chronicled their favorite shows. Obama likes HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” “Boardwalk Empire,” “Breaking Bad,” and, oh, he’s catching up on the new season of the Netflix show “House of Cards.” So don’t give anything away. The president might want to watch it after meeting with those annoying world leaders.
What makes it so hard for political commentators to understand that children are off-limits? Somehow, it doesn’t seem to sink in, as it didn’t on MSNBC this week when one of its weekend hosts, Melissa Harris-Perry, led a panel discussion that ended up making fun of Mitt Romney’s infant grandson Kiernan, an African-American adopted by one of Romney’s sons. The comments ranged from stupid to borderline hateful – about a baby that the Romney family welcomed into their lives.
It’s happened before, too. Shortly after Bill Clinton became president, Rush Limbaugh compared the then-12-year-old Chelsea Clinton to a dog. It was revolting then and it’s revolting now.
Disgraced former Rep. Anthony Weiner has ended his social-media blackout (did anyone notice?) and returned to Facebook.
According to the Washington Post, Weiner, most recently a failed New York mayoral candidate, asked his Facebook “friends” a rhetorical question about his political career: “What’s next?” He promises to keep us posted and wrote, “I hope we keep the band together.”
So do we, Anthony. So do we.
We also have a soft spot in our heart for crack-smoking Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, who keeps one-upping himself. Thursday, calling himself the best mayor Toronto’s ever had, he filed papers to get on the ballot to run for another term in the city’s municipal election on Oct. 2.
When Weiner and Ford finally realize they are unelectable, they may want to consider heading to Mars to look for more forgiving constituents.
Last summer, more than 200,000 people applied for a one-way ticket to the red planet, and recently 1,058 of them were selected to move on to the next round. Mars One, based in the Netherlands, is planning to turn the colonization of Mars into a reality show with a global audience.
Weiner and Ford would fit right in on reality TV. Did we mention that the winners get a one-way ticket? So, work hard, fellas.
We’re glad to note that one of the area’s best-known former chefs has managed to land a new job. Robb M. Poloncarz, brother of County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz, started work at the county Board of Elections this week.
He needed a place to land after being dumped from his $55,000-a-year job at the patronage pit that is the Erie County Water Authority. Seems he couldn’t score high enough on the civil service exam.
And as sure as we believe in Santa Claus, we’re sure that Robb Poloncarz was the best-qualified person in Erie County for his new job.