Wednesday, March 05, 2008
Kudos to Arizona Sen. John McCain. After appearing as cooked as a Thanksgiving turkey just months ago, the scrappy Republican with more stayting power than a Manhattan cockroach won his party's nomination after trouncing former Gov. Mike Huckabee in Tuesday's Texas, Vermont, Ohio and Rhode Island primaries. Give him credit; he's a fighter. It's nothing short of a miracle that he's headed to the national contest in November. But he's gotta stop saying "My friends" every 60 seconds. In his victory speech he said it at least eleven times in about twelve minutes. And it's driving me f*****g batty!
It's gotten so pronounced and predictable that, as he approached the stage, I said to my companion, "Let's see how many times he says "My friends." We counted aloud, with laughter, each time the words were uttered. Are we really gonna have to listen to this until November 4th? Worse, should he win the presidency, will we be forced to hear "My friends" for the next four years? I don't think I can endure such punishment...certainly not after eight years of hearing Bush's embarassing malapropisms.
He said it so many times Tuesday tonight that, basically, this is what the speech sounded like to me:
"Hello Houston! My friends, we're here victorious tonight thanks to my Ohio friends who, along with my friends in Vermont and my friends in Rhode Island, joined all my friends in all the other states who, as my friends, have voted for me since January, which is what I had counted on my friends to do. My friends, thank you."
Does McCain not have handlers? Speech writers? People who can, gently, take him aside and say..."My friend, knock it off with the 'my friend' business...it's getting stale and making you appear like a programmed GOP dinasaur.
On another note, we could use your help at The The Adrienne Shelly Foundation. We are a tax-exempt, non-profit organization dedicated in my wife's honor to help carry out her spirit and passion, with the goal of assisting women filmmakers. Adrienne was brutally killed in NYC on November 1, 2006. Through the Foundation, her commitment to filmmaking lives on. We've established scholarships, grants, finishing funds and living stipends at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts/Kanbar Institute of Film; Columbia University; American Film Institute; Women in Film; the Independent Feature Project; the Nantucket Film Festival; and the Sundance Institute. Your generous contribution will go a long way towards helping us achieve this very important mission. Thank you.