Monday, December 06, 2010

The Spinal Tap presidency

Glenn Reynolds on how the Obamunists look an awful lot like Spinal Tap..........

President Obama's term so far has been compared to many fictional and non-fictional characters: Chauncey Gardener of "Being There" is frequently invoked, along with the self-invented charmer Don Draper from "Mad Men," and of course there are the usual tiresome comparisons with Hitler that most presidents face these days.

But I have a different character in mind. The more I watch this administration at work, the more I think we're seeing the first Nigel Tufnel presidency.

Nigel Tufnel, many will remember, was the fictitious heavy metal guitarist in the fictional "rockumentary" "This Is Spinal Tap." In a classic scene, he displays his guitar collection and his special amplifier that -- unlike all other amplifiers in existence -- has knobs that go all the way up to 11, instead of just 10.

And that's what Obama has done: In his first two years as president, he's taken us to 11 in so many ways.

People have been having a lot of fun with the metaphor so let me offer this one.

Consider how the Obama administration resembles the Stonehenge scene where the band decides to create this incredible Stonehenge stage set but when the rubber hits the road they forget that the drawings are to scale. Essentially turning lots of money into small impact.

But hey, it's just funny to have a reason to put these clips on......


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