My Secret Vice
May 27, 2010
I must confess I have developed a secret vice in the last year or so. I have become addicted to a soap opera on television.
I have a good excuse and as a matter of fact I have two excuses. One is this particular soap opera is Josephine’s one and only daytime program she has any use for.
The number two excuse is that this award-winning CBS program was created by William J. Bell. Billy Bell, as I knew him when we both worked for WBBM in Chicago, wrote a program I did on that station called The Gold Coast Show.
But, you see what I am doing, I am spilling the beans. I am telling you more than I want to. I would rather not spoil my image.
Nevertheless, at this stage of my life, what is the difference how much about me you find out? I’m not going anywhere.
But getting back to the soap opera . . . it is called “The Young and the Restless” and it airs weekdays at 12:30 p.m. Eastern time.
Today, just as the story was getting more interesting, along comes Harry Smith to introduce a special CBS newsbreak. And what was the big deal that prevented me from finding out what was going on in Genoa City, Wisconsin, the fictitious town where the characters of “The Young and the Restless” live, scheme, make love, cheat on their mates and do all the things that make a soap opera a soap opera?
It just so happens the acting on this never-ending melodrama is superb and they all are obviously the best actors in the business. The program has been on the air since March of 1973.
But, as they say, I digress. The real reason I am writing this today is not to tell you how empty my life has become that I am watching a soap opera in the afternoon, but to complain that Barack Obama takes the opportunity to do some campaigning by virtue of pretending he really is, after all, a man of action who cares about the welfare of all Americans.
Oh, of course, Mr. Obama had to be reminded by Rahm Emanuel and David Axelrod and the pollsters and the pundits that his approval numbers were going down, down, down.
When he came to the realization that people were saying this is his Katrina, well, that was the last straw. So the act is put on once again — the pose that he is really the avuncular leader we have all been praying for.
How smug, how cool and collected he acts. Ah yes, that is the key verb: acts! He is a superb actor.
Why didn’t he read for a part on “The Young and the Restless?”
I will tell you why. Even though he reads the teleprompter better than his predecessor, he would have to memorize the words and, most of all, he would have to share the stage with others.
This narcissist does not want to share the stage with anyone. He is the embodiment of the mythical Greek King of the Gods, Zeus, come to life.
And, I warn you, even though he has been president for 16 months, he has only just begun!
By the way, can anybody tell me how today’s episode ended?