Narcissistic puppet and former presidential Candidate Howdy Doody,
Howdy Doody for President
He’s America’s choice
He will never be hesitant
To fight for the rights of girls and boys!
Above, a stanza from the campaign song of Howdy Doody.
He was a string puppet whose late afternoon television antics enthralled seven- eight- and nine-year-olds of my generation back in…well it was a very long time ago, a time when television was so new that children and adults alike would stare for hours at anything that moved on a blurry 7-inch screen.
Suffice it to say that Howdy never made it to the White House. In fact, given that the coaxial cable had yet to be installed to make possible coast-to-coast television programming, and TV shows were yet to get videotaped, I don’t even know if Howdy’s show made it even as far as Pittsburgh.
Howdy Doody had a human side kick ostensibly named Buffalo Bob Smith, and a coterie of other puppets and clowns with names like “Mr. X,” “Mister Bluster,” “Clarabel the Clown,” and “Princess Summer Fall Winter Spring.” Does that all sound vaguely like a collection of Republican presidential candidates to you?
I’d be tempted to say you can’t make this stuff up, but obviously somebody did at NBC, back in the day.
I bring this up because of the revelation that Donald Trump is “seriously” running for president. Or at least the Manchester, New Hampshire Union-Leader is taking it seriously. Their article states:
Combined with staff hires, Trump’s announcement that he will form an exploratory committee for the first time is a sign the billionaire is seriously considering running for the Republican nomination.Somehow Trump’s name and the adjective “seriously” in the same sentence reek of more than a soupçon of Eau d'Oxymoron. All the same, given the Republican predilection to seriously consider a huge assortment of clowns and corporate puppets as presidential candidates in recent years, I’ll take any Republican’s announced candidacy seriously.
I mean, please remember that Sarah Palin was once the actual, gen-u-ine Republican Vice-Presidential nominee. How did that work out for ya, Republicans? And Mitt Romeny last time around was seriously the presidential candidate. And among the many people who climbed out of the Republican clown car wearing baggy polkadot pants, bulbous red noses and giant shoes were Rick Perry and Herman Caine.
And also not to mention, as a writer for the Florida Sun-Sentinal put it, that…
… while his tenure coincided with a sizzling economy and an overflowing treasury, Bush's back-to-back terms were marred by frequent ethics scandals, official bungling and the inability of the government he downsized to meet growing demands for state services, including education and aid for the infirm and the elderly.
And now we have The Donald?
Oh boy, maybe we Dems can win with Hillary and all her flaws after all.
A final thought. Can you imagine going abroad and saying to incredulous foreigners, "This is my president?"