Wednesday, May 13, 2015

"Modern Family" at the White House?

By Richard Barry

I am not one who believes Hillary Clinton's election as president is inevitable. I have said before that under normal circumstances she should be the underdog, what with 8 years of Democratic incumbency, etc. But then there is the disarray of the GOP, etc.

But thinking about Mrs. Clinton moving into the White House invites the obvious image of Bill joining her in that building. I'm having a hard time picturing it.

When asked in an interview with David Letterman on Tuesday night if he would move back in, he said he would and them quipped, "If I'm asked."
“Well, first of all, Hillary has to win the nomination. If she wins the nomination, then she has to win the election. If she wins the election, the chances are 100 percent I’ll move back,” he said.

“If — wait, wait — if I’m asked,” Clinton quipped.

“You may not be invited back,” Letterman joked.

“My experience is that since I left the White House, when a president of either party asks, you say yes,” the 42nd president said. “So I hope I’ll be invited. It’d be a good thing for America if she won. I hope she does.”

All very cute, but it would be an unprecedented situation, and would surely not be like any before it, whatever Hillary and Bill's situation.Though it is perhaps somewhat like Franklin and Eleanor in the sense of two very accomplished and independent individuals. 

In any case, maybe it's a good way to begin transititioning away from the mythically perfect First Family meme. Families are complicated. Why shouldn't the residents of 1600 Pennylvania Ave. reflect that?


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  • The Roosevelts are a good comparison. We can also hope that like them, she is more liberal than he. But I've never understood the appeal of Modern Family. I like my comedies to have, I don't know, jokes. I'm a Bob's Burgers kind of guy.

    By Blogger Frank Moraes, at 10:45 PM  

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