Saturday, November 8, 2008

A New Low for Americans

Greetings Loyal Blog-Readers,

As you know, this past week was an historic week for America. On November 4, 2008, Barack Obama becamse the first African American president of the United States. This was a great indicator that America is slowly but surely moving in the right direction and showed that the vile grip of discrimination which once so strongly held our country captive is loosening.

However, on November 7, 2008, a middle-aged female contestant on the daytime version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (hosted by Meredith Vieira) was forced to use a lifeline on the following $2,000 question:

"Which author once said, 'There isn't any symbolism. The sea is the sea. The old man is the old man.'"

Out of Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Faulkner, and (I believe) Twain, the contestant had to phone a friend.

Why was I watching this? If you want the truth, I was riding a stationary bike at the YMCA and it was the only thing on that I could watch and understand without using headphones. But this is besides the point.

The point I am trying to make, America, is don't be deceived by the magnanimous event that took place this past week (i.e., Obama's victory). There are blatant problems that exist in our country that need fixing; namely, increasing the average citizen's knowledge of famous novels and their respective authors.

In closing, I'd like to point out that the new version of WWTBAM is not nearly as good as the original primetime version ft. Regis Philbin. And, quite frankly, I don't think any show ever will be. So basically, life is all down hill from here...

-JWH

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