That, and other news, in today’s Roundup and Recap.
“Saturday Night Live” stirred the ire of New York Gov. David Paterson, and probably for good reason. Their “Weekend Update” skit was rather juvenile. Riffs on the governor’s lack of vision — jokes performed countless times on variety shows of old — have drawn protests from groups representing persons with disabilities. In fact, Paterson’s denunciation of the skit surely was a rare airing of a public gripe that many a politician in the 2008 cycle wished to express in private. While the audience laughed out loud and there were plenty of private, guilty chuckles to go around, my troubles with it are for other reasons. The skit was yet another example of the “SNL” tendency to pad out its sketches, i.e. not know when they have gone on too long.
Jeffrey Katzenberg tells the D.C. Examiner’s Yeas & Nays that Barack Obama won’t have the same cozy relationship with Hollywood that Bill Clinton had. “I think he appreciates Hollywood, but he’s not enamored with it. I don’t think it’s like the Clinton years. He’s a very different man.”
“I don’t think he’s one scintilla starstruck,” Katzenberg said. “I think we’re all starstruck by him.”
He plans to attend the inauguration next month.
Pat Boone defends a comparison of Prop 8 protesters to terrorists in Mumbai and says that he loves gays.
Caroline Kennedy will pursue Hillary Clinton’s Senate seat.
Il Divo will perform at the Inaugural Purple Ball at the Fairmont Hotel in Washington on Jan. 20. The ball will benefit the Eracism Foundation, founded by Lou Gossett Jr.
Barack Obama and Joseph Biden plan to arrive in D.C. for the inauguration by train.
And while the tone of the inauguration may be more sedate than usual, given the tough economic times, but there’s precedent for partying even in the depths of the Depression.
From the L.A. Times, on the 1933 inaugural: “Warner Bros. sent a train load of Hollywood stars, including Busby Berkeley chorus girls who rode a float in the inaugural parade, led by cowboy star Tom Mix doing rope tricks on his horse, said Stephen Talbot, whose father, actor Lyle Talbot, made the trip.
“”The very next day,” he said, “the actors all hustled over to a big movie palace in Washington — the Earle Theatre — to perform a live stage show before the screening of the big new Warner Bros. musical ’42nd Street,’ whose theme was that even in the depths of the Depression, the show must go on!””