AC360 Associate Producer
I don’t know what’s more disturbing – the stock market plunge or that the number one movie for the weekend was something called “Beverly Hills Chihuahua.”
All I know for sure is that I checked my 401k again this afternoon and instead of a dollar amount my balance is listed as “good for one free Big Mac.”
If things get any worse I’m going to have to log onto eBay and start auctioning office supplies that may-or-may-not have been used by Anderson Cooper.
Meantime, the presidential candidates are getting ready for their second in a series of three debates. Barack “Make sure to save some seats in the audience for my terrorist friends” Obama and John “I can’t wait to get my erratic finger on that nuke button” McCain will try to refrain from punching each other tomorrow night at Belmont University in Nashville.
Here’s hoping they get totally out-of-control and Tom Brokaw has to open up a can of whoop-ass.
And some news on the strategy front: With Election Day four weeks from tomorrow the conventional wisdom is that as long as the focus remains on the economy, the presidency is Barack Obama’s to lose. Which explains why John McCain – who is in major need of a distraction – sent O.J. Simpson a cake with a file in it.
I assume you saw that Bruce Springsteen was out campaigning for Obama over the weekend. It made me nostalgic for the 2004 campaign when John Kerry referred to The Boss as “a sort of minstrel poet, if you will.” Way to appeal to those blue-collar voters, Senator. By the way, Barack Obama’s arugula is merely an ingredient in a sort of minstrel salad, if you will.
One other thing, I noticed that some of you have left comments asking to see pictures of me. As flattering - and by flattering I mean scary - as that is, you’ll have to wait as Anderson has yet to come through on his promise to have Annie Leibovitz take my portrait.
Until then perhaps this anecdote will help you conjure up a mental image of what I look like. On the recent occasion of my 28th birthday my mother sent me a card. It was inscribed: "Dear Jack, It turns out – as I’ve long suspected – there was a mix-up at the hospital on the day you were born. You are actually the love child of Abe Vigoda and Tyne Daly.”
Which explains my eyebrows.
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