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Subject: BS: very model of a modern U.S. president
From: Desert Dancer
Date: 18 Oct 10 - 01:35 PM

What happens when the President is accused of not living up to the country's expectations? He breaks into song!!

"I am the very model of a modern U.S. president"

:-)

(Laughs here, grumpy commentary in the usual threads, plz.)

(As if.)

~ Becky in Tucson


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Subject: RE: BS: very model of a modern U.S. president
From: Rapparee
Date: 18 Oct 10 - 01:40 PM

That's great!


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Subject: RE: BS: very model of a modern U.S. president
From: Little Hawk
Date: 18 Oct 10 - 01:59 PM

Cute! ;-D I like it. Nice choruses.


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Subject: RE: BS: very model of a modern U.S. president
From: Mrrzy
Date: 18 Oct 10 - 02:01 PM

Hey! Above the line, no?


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Subject: RE: BS: very model of a modern U.S. president
From: Desert Dancer
Date: 18 Oct 10 - 07:50 PM

Wow! A promotion!

~ B in T


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Subject: RE: G&S parody - very model of a modern U.S. president
From: katlaughing
Date: 18 Oct 10 - 09:22 PM

Brilliant! Thanks, Becky.


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Subject: RE: G&S parody - very model of a modern U.S. president
From: Desert Dancer
Date: 18 Oct 10 - 09:33 PM

To make it a bona fide music thread, all someone needs to do is to transcribe the lyrics... ;-D


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Subject: RE: G&S parody - very model of a modern U.S. president
From: Joe Offer
Date: 18 Oct 10 - 10:19 PM

So, Becky, we're waiting...

[grin]

-Joe-


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Subject: Lyr Add: A MODERN U.S. PRESIDENT (Ron Butler)
From: Desert Dancer
Date: 18 Oct 10 - 11:05 PM

o.k., o.k., because that's the kind of music geek I am... and because they were so kind as to caption the video!

The very model of a Modern U.S. President
Words: Ron Butler
Music: Arthur Sullivan
(based on "A Modern Major General" from The Pirates of Penzance, words by W.S. Gilbert)

I am the very model of a Modern U.S. President
a liberal one at first but now it seems I have a centrist bent
and though my popularity has waned I am not hesitant
to say I've done quite well so far although I lacked experience.
We've pulled the country back from cataclysmic economic woes,
We're fighting in Afghanistan and focused on our deadlyfoes,
in short, I'm firm about my goals and vow that I shall stick to them
and though I'm black Joe Biden says I'm clean and quite articulate.

(And though he's black Joe Biden says he's clean and quite articulate.
And though he's black Joe Biden says he's clean and quite articulate.
And though he's black Joe Biden says he's very clean and quite articulate.)

In spite of special interests I have pushed through major health reform,
the country was in uproar, who'd have thought it would cause a major storm,
by fight to give basic health care to each citizen for free
I inadvertently gave rise and reason to the Tea Party!
The issue is divisive, I have made a lot of enemies,
A congressman lost his control and even said "You lie" to me,
but listen cause the odds are ten to one it is a certain bet
the only time I lie is when I say I don't smoke cigarettes.

(The only time he lies is when he says he's quit the cigarettes.
The only time he lies is when he says he's quit the cigarettes.
The job is stressful so get off his back he needs a tiny cigarette!)

I'm too ambitious, critics say my expectations are too grand
but if we cannot rise to this occasion I think no one can
It's tough not pleasing everyone, I'm just a man, I do my job...
if Sarah Palin shoots her mouth off one more time, so help me God!
The corporate greed, the BP spill, and rising unemployment costs,
extremist right fanatics, immigration, where to put a mosque?
and in between I kiss Michelle and hang out with my daughters too,
I even walk the dog sometimes and clean up stinky doggy poo.

(The hardest thing about his job is cleaning up the doggy poop.
He leads the free world and he's also picking up his doggy's poop.
He's got the password for the bomb and yet he's scooping stinky doggy poop!)

I harken unto Lincoln and I still believe in compromise,
I just require sanity and reason from the other side.
So take my word and don't believe a single thing Fox News has said,
I am the very model of a Modern U.S. President!

(So take his word and don't believe a single thing Fox News has said,
he is the very model of a Modern U.S. President!)


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Subject: RE: G&S parody - very model of a modern U.S. president
From: Desert Dancer
Date: 18 Oct 10 - 11:06 PM

(whoops - title should be, "A Modern U.S. President")


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Subject: RE: G&S parody - very model of a modern U.S. president
From: GUEST,Ron Butler
Date: 20 Oct 10 - 12:24 PM

Thanks so much for posting our vide!


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Subject: Obama- I Am The Very Model Of A Model US President
From: Genie
Date: 21 Oct 10 - 12:14 AM

I was hoping someone would post a link to this video (so I wouldn't have to).

I think the parody is well done and pretty even-handed (though I would take issue with a line or two). All in all, it's funny and clever.


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Subject: RE: G&S parody - very model of a modern U.S. president
From: GUEST,Ed
Date: 21 Oct 10 - 06:30 AM

Excellent!

Genie, I was wondering which lines you take issue with? I try to keep up with world affairs, and I think I get most of the references, but living in England don't get to see the minutia of US politics.


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Subject: RE: G&S parody - very model of a modern U.S. president
From: Genie
Date: 21 Oct 10 - 10:51 PM

The one I take issue with is the "although I lacked experience" line.   "Experience" relevant to being a US President is not a clearly defined concept, but you could very cogently argue that Obama had more of such relevant experience* than GWB did when he became President, as much or more than Abraham Lincoln did and experience comparable to a number of other US Presidents. I take the "lacks experience" meme as political propaganda thrown out by Obama's rivals (including Sarah Palin and Hillary Clinton), not something widely agreed on by historians or relatively non-partisan political analysts.



Obama is a Constitutional scholar, having taught Constitutional law at a prestigious university. He served 6 years, I think, in the Illinois state legislature and 3 years in the US Senate before running for President.    Plus, there are many aspects of being an effective community organizer in large urban areas that are relevant to the kinds of organizational, administrative, and negotiating skills called for in being a chief executive.   It's interesting that so many people think having only military experience constitutes a fine resume for a US President but so many other kinds of occupational and educational experience do not.


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Subject: RE: G&S parody - very model of a modern U.S. president
From: Desert Dancer
Date: 21 Oct 10 - 11:22 PM

Mr. Butler, you realize, of course, to be proper G&S-esque, you need to do it over, twice as fast? After all, you have it captioned...

~ Becky in Tucson


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