Wednesday, September 23, 2009


While reading through old material here in the Icehouse Home Office, I recently discovered a quote from one of my columns that seemed eerily prophetic.

"Answer From America' was written to British comedian John Cleese, well known for his work as part of Monty Python's Flying Circus.

Cleese had penned a letter titled 'Declaration of Revocation' that proposed overturning America's independence because of our unsophisticated, boorish habits. And, because we had failed to elect 'competent' leaders. My response was intended to match his own tongue-in-cheek approach and included the following paragraph:

"John, please! Your empire is long gone. Get over it. With regard to electing competent leaders… remember Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain? The fellow who ‘secured peace in our time’ by signing a friendship agreement with Adolf the Nasty, just before German bombs began to rain down on your homeland? That didn’t work out, either. In America, the pendulum swings eternally. We are a rowdy bunch. (You’ll realize this when BARACK OBAMA is sworn in at The White House during January, 2009.)"

I wrote the text in December, 2006. It seemed almost too incredible for publication. Yet I let it stand in my final draft of the column.

At that moment in history, Hillary Clinton was the 'sure bet' to follow George W. Bush as President of the United States. For many, Mr. Obama seemed too young and inexperienced to win in the upcoming election cycle. But, history had other ideas.

Now, I can only wonder... who will win the next Superbowl of Politics, in 2012?


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