At the end of a pretty emotional week, I thought I might lighten things up a bit with some random thoughts culled from my head and the web.
An Employment Opportunity for Joe the Plumber
Even I’m too young to have known that the advertising icon for a popular household cleaner used to be played by a live human being as opposed to a cartoon character. Sadly, the fellow who played Mr. Clean, House Peters Jr. died about a month ago at age 92. But the silver lining to this sad story is that it opens up a job opportunity for someone whose fifteen minutes of fame might have been shortened by John McCain’s recent election loss. You tell me that Samuel (Joe) Wurzelbacher, aka Joe the Plumber, isn’t a perfect fit for the Mr. Clean ad campaign!
Although I thought of this on my own, I stumbled upon at least one netizen who agrees with me.
Advice to Obama: Don’t Forget What is Really Important
Some very sweet low key advice from The Color Purple author, Alice Walker to Barack Obama:
I would advise you to remember that you did not create the disaster that the world is experiencing, and you alone are not responsible for bringing the world back to balance. A primary responsibility that you do have, however, is to cultivate happiness in your own life. To make a schedule that permits sufficient time of rest and play with your gorgeous wife and lovely daughters. And so on. One gathers that your family is large. We are used to seeing men in the White House soon become juiceless and as white-haired as the building; we notice their wives and children looking strained and stressed. They soon have smiles so lacking in joy that they remind us of scissors. This is no way to lead. Nor does your family deserve this fate. One way of thinking about all this is: It is so bad now that there is no excuse not to relax. From your happy, relaxed state, you can model real success, which is all that so many people in the world really want. They may buy endless cars and houses and furs and gobble up all the attention and space they can manage, or barely manage, but this is because it is not yet clear to them that success is truly an inside job. That it is within the reach of almost everyone.
One Step Forward and Two Steps Back
Satirical e-zine The Onion reminds us that Barack’s ascension to the United States Presidency really has not advanced the cause of black folk at all:
Black Man Given Nation’s Worst Job
November 5, 2008 | Issue 44•45
WASHINGTON—African-American man Barack Obama, 47, was given the least-desirable job in the entire country Tuesday when he was elected president of the United States of America. In his new high-stress, low-reward position, Obama will be charged with such tasks as completely overhauling the nation’s broken-down economy, repairing the crumbling infrastructure, and generally having to please more than 300 million Americans and cater to their every whim on a daily basis. As part of his duties, the black man will have to spend four to eight years cleaning up the messes other people left behind. The job comes with such intense scrutiny and so certain a guarantee of failure that only one other person even bothered applying for it. Said scholar and activist Mark L. Denton, “It just goes to show you that, in this country, a black man still can’t catch a break.”
Sometimes a Picture is Worth a Thousand Words
By illustrator Patrick Moberg.