American Idol is my guilty little secret. Well not-so-secret, now.
I can’t help it, I somehow enjoy watching Simon excoriate every marginally or not-so-marginally talented person who dares audition. Even better, I enjoy watching these people act surprised and insulted and as if they can’t believe he’d be so rude when he says something horrible — hello people, this is season 4! Granted, it’s a sort of schadenfreude, but I love schadenfreude. Well it’s schadenfreude interspersed with moments of I-can’t-bear-to-watch-this-poor-guy-embarass-him(or her)self-like-this-any-longer <cringe>. It’s also fun to watch the other judges wuss out and have Simon make the first comment whenever the person did pretty badly. So auditioners, if the judges say, “Simon?” after your audition you are screwed! He’s not always in the majority, and he’s not always right, but if they are quiet and have Simon comment first it’s overs, sorry, goodbye!
During tonight’s tv watching (I watched a lot of tv tonight actually — 2 episodes of Law & Order: SVU (last week and this week’s, thank you Replay), and Jeopardy besides the American Idol), I saw an advertisement with former Presidents Bush and Clinton in a joint effort to encourage tsunami relief donations and advertise a .gov address where vetted aid organizations are listed (I don’t remember the link, sorry, but this list of Organizations Working in the Disaster Area should be similar). Anyways, even though it’s for a good cause, still I felt sort of annoyed by them and the ad. They both looked so uncomfortable somehow and yet so eager to be in front of the camera, or something. Just weird. Then one of their lines was something like “We speak tonight not as Presidents, but as private citizens” and the first thought that came was “DUH!! You’re ex-Presidents! Of course you’re not speaking as the President!!” Grrr. Nitpicky, I know:p
Anyhows, moving on! Well okay, moving on, but with one parting quote from Miss Manners:
Our Founding Fathers established American protocol to be simple and unpretentious – and thus antithetical to the modern taste.
Nevertheless, the rule is that titles pertaining to an office that only one person occupies at a time are not used after retirement. A former president can use a previously held, non-unique title, as the first one did by reverting to Gen. Washington in retirement, or the plain citizen’s “Mr.”
This means that former President Bush should probably be Ambassador Bush (his highest non-unique previous title, if I am remembering it right) and former President Clinton should be Governor Clinton. Gah. Self-aggrandizing, that’s how it seemed somehow, even though it was about giving aid to others.
Okay, back to the whole moving on thing! We did another load of laundry today! Yay:)