GIMME SOME TRUTH

08 Gimme Some Truth  (Dhani Harrison and Jakob Dylan, sons of George Harrison and Bob Dylan singing for Instant Karma: The Amnesty International Campaign to Save Darfur)

George Clooney has gotten a lot of play in our house over the past couple of weeks. At The Descendents movie, we watched a guy who has never been a father play a man who doesn’t know how to be a dad evolve into a pretty cool pop. In the doctor’s office the next day, I picked up the latest edition of Esquire magazine because the cover touted “The Meaning of Life 2012” and contained “Wisdom & Damn Good Advice” from none other than cover boy George himself. How could I resist? This, after listening to a couple of manly Haertl men joke about hanging out with the Cloonster and hearing my zesty mother-in-law and college coed daughters gush on about the universal dreamboat.

Who on earth doesn’t like George Clooney? He’s the ultimate guys’ guy – the guy who guys want to shoot hoop with and shoot the sh*t with over scotch and cigars. He’s the ultimate ladies’ man – the leading man who charms with honest humor, never leading the ladies on to think he’ll commit more than he’s willing to. He’s a talented actor and director, an intelligent student of life, a thoughtful humanitarian, a hands-on philanthropist… and the Perfect Presidential Candidate. Problem is, he’s so far from interested. In his words, “Take a look at politics. You tell me what seems appealing about that.”

You got that right, George, especially with all the feuding, bickering and backstabbing that goes on in politics. Republican or Democrat –  forget about party lines. It’s all about compromise, finding a way to cross those lines and create working solutions for all. Politics revolve around salesmanship – if you can sell an idea, it’s in play. Look at Ronald Reagan – he was not an economist, yet Reaganomics became bona fide albeit controversial economic policy. Whether or not we agreed with his views, things just seemed to be a little happier in the world with the good old Gipper’s easy manner and disarming smile.

What a shame that Clooney’s recent movie The Ides of March is probably as close to the presidency as George will get. The movie says, “American politics is a beachfront property with sharks surfing the waves.” Clooney would be the dolphin frolicking among the sharks, riding the waves and spinning in the air while playfully delighting the sunbathers. Unlike his character Governor Mike Morris in The Ides, Clooney seems to be a straight-shooting, compassionate, fun-loving man with no political aspirations. Perhaps if we all write him in as our presidential nominee, he might consider this real-life role. His political
qualifications are questionable, but he sure can spin a good pitch. Mr. Clooney likes to surround himself with colorful characters and bright minds, so he would undoubtedly assemble a cabinet full of the sharpest political figures. They could formulate strategies and President Clooney could sell like crazy.

Imagine how much happier our entire country would be with George smiling at us every night, telling us things are going to work out just fine. And when the going gets tough, his smooth grit would look us square in the eye and give us the straight-up truth. Cloonster for Prez! That’s my political fairy tale. Hey a girl can dream, can’t she?

Pearls of Wisdom Gleaned From the January Esquire

“…the greatest sin a man or woman can commit is the abuse of power.” ~ Joe Biden

“If you don’t have human dignity, you’re going to walk in a hunched way. But if you feel yourself pulled at the top of your head toward the heavens, you’re a human being with dignity.” ~ Art Garfunkle

“Want what you need.  As opposed to wanting what you want.  You may not need what you want, but you want it anyway.  If you can turn your wants into your needs, you can do anything.” ~ Randy Jackson