Saturday, August 30, 2008

Telling Moment... 

SNL re-ran an episode from October 2007 tonight, and the opening bit was an interesting time capsule of the plus ςa change variety. In it, Hillary and Bill Clinton host a Hallowe'en party, with various at the time contenders for the presidency played by SNL cast members. John Edwards is quickly dissed, Bill Richardson comes as Al Gore, and Joe Biden joins Chris Dodd, both dressed as Spongebob Squarepants, and both coming off as Beavis and Butthead meet Tweedle-Dum and Tweedle-Dee.

Then a party guest wearing a Barack Obama mask reveals himself to be... Barack Obama -- and his reaction upon taking off the mask is most telling. The audience goes nuts, and he smiles. He breaks character. In short, he instantly reveals that he is no actor, because the first thing an actor learns is how to not break character and crack-up on stage; your character would only laugh inappropriately if something happened spontaneously onstage that your character would laugh at.

Which means... when Barack gave his amazing acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention, he believed and felt every word he said. Reinforcement? As soon as Barack began delivering his lines in the skit, the laugh and smile vanished; the self-consciousness was gone -- and those lines were a precursor to what he told us this week.

Or, in other words, another change Barack will bring to Washington -- a President who cannot lie, because his face will give away the game. By being a lousy actor, Senator Obama, a man I hope to one day call President Obama, just made me support him more.


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