AC360 Associate Producer
Well, another Christmas has come and gone. So it’s time to put away the empty pitcher of Mimosa and that Charles in Charge DVD set you didn’t ask for and get back to work.
President-elect Obama is reportedly having a tough time adjusting to the insular nature of the presidential “bubble.” Indeed, once he's inaugurated it's only going to get worse. He'll be cut off completely from his old routine and isolated in his limousine, jumbo jet, helicopter and mansion. Brutal.
Caroline Kennedy has yet to secure her appointment to the United States Senate. Which is surprising. I thought she was a lock once she put that “Schenectady is for Lovers” bumper sticker on her Volvo.
Vice President-elect Joe Biden has settled on a name for his new German Shepherd puppy. The Bidens are going to call the dog “Champ.” I think you’ll agree that it’s a great name for a dog. It rolls right off the tongue: “Come here Champ,” “roll over Champ,” “let go of my hair plugs Champ.”
Meanwhile, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says people will soon “start to thank [President Bush] for what he’s done.” That, or throw more shoes at him.
The big concern this holiday season was, of course, the economy. People did seem to spend less, though I’m pleased to report that these dire financial times have not crushed the indomitable American work ethic. I was at a Friendly’s restaurant in Connecticut the other day when my friend Mark asked our waitress, “so, what’s good?” “I don’t know,” she responded, “I don’t eat here – the food here grosses me out.” Clearly she’s wasting her time in food service. With those consumer confidence-building skills she should be working at General Motors.
I was also impressed with the guy at the movie theater concession stand.
Me: “Hi, I’d like a small lemonade.”
Him: “OK, so that’s one jumbo Coke Zero?”
I trust that you had a good holiday. Hopefully this was not the year that your cousin – the one who always hangs out in your garage with a box of wine – finally cracked the combination to your wall safe.
I don’t know how you do things in your family but in my family, in addition to the traditional gift giving, we do something called a Yankee Swap. It’s basically the WASP version of Chinese Water Torture masquerading as some sort of light-hearted trading of gifts costing less than five dollars. I’m unsure if this activity even exists outside of New England. All I know for certain is that the “gift” I invariably wind up with is a Ziploc bag full of expired Advil.
Finally, New Year's Eve is fast approaching. As you know, Anderson and the hilarious Kathy Griffin will be hosting our CNN extravaganza from Times Square. I'll be one of the people behind-the-scenes on the platform with them. I'm actually looking forward to it, despite my aversion to events where throngs of people are penned in like cattle. So don't forget to tune in and join us Wednesday night at 11pm Eastern Time.
And remember, I don't want to hear the names Dick Clark or Ryan Seacrest for the rest of 2008.
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