US Tellypandering

Just read this on GU. According to the Graun:

Final confirmation that George Bush has too much time on his hands came last night.

Well into the lame-duck stage of his presidency, with his duties at the White House increasingly minimal, Bush found time to put in an appearance on the popular game show ‘Deal or No Deal’.

Bush, who according to a Gallup poll today became the most unpopular president in recorded US history, said he was thrilled to be on the show. “Come to think of it, I’m thrilled to be anywhere with high ratings these days,” he said.

It was for a popular cause, in support of a US war veteran taking part in the contest, which has a $1m prize.

This much doesn’t surprise me. He is, as they point out, a lame duck with no political capital left to spend and a congress with little sympathy for him or his party. But the following startled me perhaps more:

While Bush was on the game show, Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and John McCain were appearing on the World Wrestling Entertainment’s popular ‘Monday Night Raw’ programme.

These people, obviously, aren’t lame ducks. So what are they doing messing about on something like WWE’s Raw? Funny how the process of getting elected makes people do the kind of thing that a president only wants to do when they’ve run out of anything more useful to do.

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