"We'll be back on the air when we know anything," Part II
"[Ted Kennedy] has been brought to a hospital at this point."
"Of course, we've got dire straits at this point."
"I've been thinking a lot of this, and if you think about it, this whole weekend is about change. There was the concert ... He was careful not to overemphasize it."
"I thought his daughters were charming."
"It's very, very cold out there."
And all this over video from crappy camera placements that yielded nothing but long, static shots of a limousine proceeding slowly down a Washington street. Was Obama inside? Who knows?
"At this point"? Portentous, time-filling blather.
"I thought his daughters were charming"? Agreed. And I don't need a TV announcer to tell me that.
"It's very, very cold out there"? Thanks for the insight.
The concert as an example of change? As my old colleague Dave Knadler wrote: "Let me just say this: Stevie Wonder is fat. Bruce Springsteen is not a working man. Samuel Jackson is wearing the same Kangol hat he was born in."
All in all, the most fatuous, vacuous stretch of political television since Chapter I of "We'll be back on the air when we know anything."
© Peter Rozovsky 2009