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AC360 Associate Producer
Well, the United States government just took one step closer to becoming a full-fledged sitcom with the news that Fran Drescher – yes, that Fran Drescher – wants to succeed Hillary Clinton in the senate. Fine, go ahead, Governor David Paterson, appoint her to Hillary’s seat. I’m sure The Nanny is a lovely person and I certainly admire her work on behalf of cancer patients. And sure, I understand that the threat of having to listen to her laugh would be a valuable weapon when trying to break up a filibuster. Nevertheless, mark my words, we’re treading dangerously close to the day when we hear “I, John Stamos, do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States.”
Meanwhile, in Chicago today, Al “No hard feelings, Supreme Court” Gore is meeting with President-elect Obama. No one really knows what the meeting is about or whether Gore may be up for Energy Secretary or EPA Administrator. Because, you know, either of those jobs would totally make up for never being president.
Speaking of all things climate, it sure was cold here in New York over the past few days. In fact it was so cold that Eliot Spitzer had to stop during everything to change into wool socks.
Then there’s the economy (shudder). President-elect Obama says the nation’s financial crisis is only going to get worse. I’m not quite sure how that could be, given that most Americans appear to be giving each other McDonald’s ketchup packets for Christmas, but that’s what he says. So consider yourselves warned.
One silver lining in the cloud, however: It looks like – despite bailout concerns – car thieves aren’t too worried about the value of domestic vehicles. The Cadillac Escalade tops the new list of most stolen automobiles. On the bottom of the list is the Buick Rainer. And, I think I speak for all Americans when I say…what the heck is a Buick Rainier?
And in yet another sign that his presidency is in its final days, President Bush was on hand in Philadelphia as his portrait was unveiled at Lincoln Hall. Said the president, “It came out alright, but I still think we should have went with one of the nudes.”
I’m sure you saw Anderson on with David Letterman last night. I thought he did really well, aside from that moment when he angrily demanded Paul Shaffer play “Free Bird.”
And finally, don’t forget, Planet in Peril: Battle Lines airs Thursday night at 9pm Eastern Time. The PIP team takes you to some amazing and incredibly important locations around the world. I’d like to visit them myself someday but, between you and me, I operate under the basic philosophy that anytime I leave Manhattan I run a 50/50 chance of being eaten by a mountain lion.
Maybe Fran Drescher can do something about that when she gets to the senate.
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