The Fonz’s Endorsement: “Ayyyyy” or “Uh Oh”…

After some prodding, Henry Winkler tells Los Angeles CityBeat that he’s for Barack Obama.

He tells Rebecca Schoenkopf, “I think I’m an Obama guy. You can not be that articulate that often and not have it on the ball. People say we need “experience,” but intelligence and passion are what we need to fix this country again after what they’ve done to it.”

Is it an omen?

Given that Winkler’s “the Fonz” is responsible for the phrase, “Jumping the Shark.” That refers to a special episode of “Happy Days” where the Fonz, wearing his leather coat and a swimsuit, did a waterski jump over man-eating sharks. It was an outlandish, episodic turning point after which the show’s creative juices were hopelessly on the wane. The term now applies to just about everything.

This naturally leads to the question of exactly which shark has been jumped. Celebrity endorsements? The Obama campaign? Or maybe merely the Obama campaign’s rough week? (Answer: “Happy Days are Here Again.”)

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