AC360 Associate Producer
Well, it’s the moment you’ve all been waiting for. Try not to go too wild. But yes, it’s true. President-elect Obama is today announcing Bill Richardson as his nominee for Secretary of Commerce. Which, while not an unimportant post, was not Richardson’s first choice. Secretary of State was what Richardson really wanted. Commerce was further down on his list, right below U.S. Ambassador to Dairy Queen.
Meanwhile, we’re still tying up loose ends from the fall elections. You may have noticed there was a big run-off in Georgia last night. Republican Saxby “Vote for me and Sarah Palin will show you how to kill a moose with your bare hands” Chambliss ended up holding onto his senate seat. That means that the Democrats will not have a filibuster-proof supermajority.
I don’t know about you but I kind of like the name Saxby. It has a nice ring to it. I think I’m going to suggest to Anderson that he name his new iguana Saxby. Oh, you didn’t know Anderson is big into iguanas? Yeah, he walks around with one on his shoulder at all times: “I’m sorry, I love your story pitch but my iguana Daisy Duke thinks it’s terrible.”
There’s word that former Senator Fred Thompson is going to go back to acting. Say what you will about his campaign for president; I just think it would have been cool to hear an inauguration speech that began with “as I said to Bruce Willis in Die Hard 2…”
Speaking of Fred Thompson, I saw his former Law & Order co-star Sam Waterston (Assistant D.A. Jack McCoy) on an escalator the other day. I don’t know what’s with me seeing celebrities on escalators. I won’t bother telling you about a certain surly Must See TV sitcom star. But I did see Bruce Springsteen on an escalator once. I tried to play it cool by just staring down at my shoes. And by staring down at my shoes I mean staring down at my shoes and shouting “Bruuuuuuuuuuuuce!”
Some of you have written to ask what I want for Christmas. I’m assuming this means you’ll be sending me gifts. Which I hope are better than those cakes you sent me. And of course now you’ve got my hopes up so if you don’t send me gifts my Christmas will be ruined. No pressure. I don’t need much. Any old 2009 Lexus wrapped in a bow outside my living room window will do just fine.
Seriously, am I the only one whose blood boils when those Lexus holiday ads appear on TV? Though I will say, at least Lexus isn't on the verge of bankruptcy asking for a bailout.
Still, do you know anyone who has ever been given a Lexus for Christmas? If you do, let me know - I want to give that person the gift of a smack upside the head.
Because, when it comes down to it, that’s what Christmas is all about: Luxury cars and envy.
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