Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Jagger Can't Get No Satisfaction - And That's a Good Thing

I’m in the SF airport and Bill Clinton is being interviewed by Cooper Anderson about his efforts to combat AIDs in Africa. Now what do you want to bet that Clinton will add his celebrity to the cause to the point that those inclined to view him well will someday consider him a great champion of the cause, and that likewise they will think the opposite of Bush. Eight years as President, full possession of the bully pulpit, and he did very little when he could have arguably done the most. Even Richard Gere, not so inclined to compare Bush favorably to Clinton, said that Bush has done far more for the cause than Clinton ever even attempted. Clinton does provide a great pitchman for a commercial that would shamelessly steal, with a little twist, the old catch line used to encourage seatbelt use: "contribute to AIDS research - the life you save could be mine." Although that might make some less inclined to support the cause.

I also saw a recent interview of Bono on 60 Minutes, where to my great disbelief they did not edit out his praise for the administration on this issue. Beyond that, he had said he had made an appeal specifically to the religious right within the party, who responded very positively to the challenge. So there you have it folks – the evil George Bush and the religious right elements of Congress – providing aid that in the words of Bono have lead to 200,000 Africans being alive today because of America. But the Nobel committee will always give the prize to the Carter; a guy like Reagan has to live only with the gratitude of all of Eastern Europe. It’s always the guys who talk the talk, and never the guys that walk the walk.

And by the way, the interview with Bono was done by Ed Bradlee. At what point will the baby boom generation grow up to the point that they will lose the infantile desire to be cool, which Bradlee displays by piercing his shriveled ear? On a related note, at what point will aging musicians be greeted with laughter when they belt out tunes intended to appeal to the angst of the teenager? How old, for example, does Mick Jagger have to be in order for people to cringe when he sings that he can’t get no satisfaction? At some point (probably long since past), isn’t the image of Jagger getting some satisfaction the larger cause for dismay among his listeners? A world where he gets his satisfaction is more distressing.

11 Comments:

Anonymous Jim O said...

Hey, man - don't be hating on the Mickster, man.

The poor guy CAN'T get no satisfaction, even after all these years. Some man on the TV is trying to tell him how white his shirts can be, but he can't be a man cause he doesn't smoke Mick's brand of cigarettes. The cognitive dissonance is staggering - white shirt experts confused about appropriate tobacco products. Do you believe the man knows what he is talking about vis-à-vis white shirts? Is expertise in one area discredited by obvious naiveté in another area? The mind reels

He's tryin' to make some girl, but she tells him "Baby, baby, come back, maybe next week." The man is on a losing streak.

It’s heartbreaking, really. So give the guy a break, he has enough on his plate.

7:07 AM  
Blogger Incredible Dirigible said...

I mostly respect Bono. My understanding is that he's a liberal rocker/activist, but unlike a lot of his liberal entertainer/activist peers, he doesn't smear the right & has no problem crossing the political aisle to try to get results. I could be wrong, but I get the impression that he might actually be the real thing.

7:14 AM  
Anonymous the_giant said...

Yeah, I like Bono too. Even tho someone dissed him in Parade magazine for meeting the President in his uniform (black jack, open collar shirt, and sun glasses)instead of a shirt & tie, I think the guy has standards. He's even married to the same wife he had since before he baecme famous (not that he might not get anything on the side, but hey, what's wrong with that if your Bono??).

What I really think needs to happen is to be certain that Dick Clarke has no more "Rockin" New Years Eve's. Time for Usher to take over.....

8:52 AM  
Blogger Professor Vic said...

As a liberal rocker/activist myself, I will also strive to give credit where credit is due.

The nice thing about Bush spending like a drunken sailor is that he is bound to spend some money on things I support. So, three cheers to Bush for his general support of international aid.

In addition, as much deserved criticism as Bush receives for his handling of Darfur, his response is certainly no worse than Clinton's response to Rwanda.

I hope Hatcher sees that I do occasionally have some Sympathy for the Devil that is Bush. Hatcher just better just some Satisfaction from my posts, because I'll Not Fade Away. In fact, no matter how much he tries to Start Me Up, I'll always be logging in to make sure that he learns that You Can't Always Get What You Want. In fact, I'm sure a future post of mine will give him his 19th Nervous Breakdown someday.

That's it for this post. It's All Over Now since I have to get back to my job as a Street Fighting Man.

Sincerely,

Jumpin' Jack Flash

9:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We really are starved for news, aren't we.......

11:03 AM  
Blogger Pulvarizer said...

In the immortal words of Justine Timberlake, "Cry me a river." When you've turned out to be such a lousy president, the ball just isn't gonna bounce your way.

- Iraq war and aftermath, disaster.
- Budget deficit and pork barrell spending, disaster.
- Implementing change to improve the nation's security after 9/11, disaster.
- Response to major U.S. hurricane, disaster.
- No Child Left Behind & Social Security, the two major Bush 43 domestic policy initiatives, disaster.
- Marshalling Congress controlled by your party to achieve anything significant, disaster (unless you consider Baseball steroid hearings significant.)

Bush isn't well liked today by most, and by your comments I think you're starting to realize he's not going to be widely liked 10, 20 or 30 years from now. Face it, he blows as a president.

2:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How much has Bus done for Aids? How many programs has he actually started or did he up the spending on come programs already in place? What compromises did we make to that through? You know the thing about Presidents like QB's is that they get all the credit and all the blame. Bush may get credit for some AIDS finding from guys like Bono but is he really responsible? Or, is it the case that some member of Congress sold his or her soul to the devil to get some pork for AIDS research? Maybe Bush does not take credit for this stuff because he does not want the credit or maybe he knows he does not deserve it.

I am not really certain about it either way but I think blindly giving the president or the QB all of the credit for successes and failures is simple minded at best.

The Playmaker

PS. Hatcher, I know you set my ass up for responding and I am coming for you.

2:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How much has Bush done for Aids? How many programs has he actually started or did he up the spending on some programs already in place? What compromises did we as a country make to that through? You know the thing about Presidents like QB's is that they get all the credit and all the blame. Bush may get credit for some AIDS funding from guys like Bono but is he really responsible? Or, is it the case that some member of Congress sold his or her soul to the devil to get some pork for AIDS research? Maybe Bush does not take credit for this stuff because he does not want the credit or maybe he knows he does not deserve it.

I am not really certain about it either way but I think blindly giving the president or the QB all of the credit for successes and failures is simple minded at best.

The Playmaker

PS. Hatcher, I know you set my ass up for responding and I am coming for you.

PPS. Had to double post due to a misclick

2:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hatcher -

Seems like you and your parade of dedicated blogheads are all inside the beltway wannabees and I must admit have the eloquence I'll never have in writing. But, I'll throw my two cents in as a Midwestern common folk -

I think most people in this country don't give a rats ass whether Bush has given $2.00 or $2.0B in aid to africa. Generally, with lots of jobs, safety, security, and opportunity - we plain folk are happy with the president, congress, and anyone who's staying out of our way.

I perceive the government's support of African AIDS crisis as no different then the plight of the Aborigine, Chinese Water Pollution, or Rwanda as the political equivalent to popping pills - use them at the moment to make yourself feel better and go on to the next one.

One of the first things I learned in my post school training for sales was - it doesn't have to be better, it just has to be different. Change the topic, feel good for the day, and move on - cover as many constituents and you'll get re-elected (wow - didn't think i'd ever get this cynical).

Reminds me why I liked Reagan so much - he didn't bother pretending to care...did his thing. Bush Senior - ok, Clinton - well, what did he ever do that wasn't politically motivated, GWB2 - better then Senior but very disappointing that he's given in to big spending.

Rambling over - just one question - what was the plight of the Aborigine and did anything ever come of it other then good pop music from the 80s.

Hambone

9:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have nothing really to add today other that I really liked Hambone's comments.

4:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually, I think Bush deserves credit for pushing for a big cut to farm subsidies in recent trade negotiations (although he did initially raise them substantially in his first term). Creating functioning export markets and hence economic opportunity is one of the most important things we could do for the world's poor.

Agricultural subsidies defy economic logic- e.g. why are we subsidizing sugar beets in the frozen tundra of Minnesota when extracting sugar from this source costs many times the world market price for sugar. Ag subsidies also hurt the worlds poor- at the margin, some guy in the Phillipines is picking a dump instead of growing sugar because of these insane and immoral distortions.

PatB

2:16 PM  

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