Down the Ballot

Friday, March 23, 2012

Politicans in TV

Here's some great clips from Cheers featuring John Kerry and Tip O'Neil. John Kerry is of course the senior Senator from Massachusetts and Tip O'Neil was a member of congress from Massachusetts and was the second longest Speaker of the House of Representatives.  Serving from 1977-1987 in the role as Mr. Speaker.

Provided today are two clips from the 1980s television hit Cheers. The first deals with Senator Kerry encountering Norm and Cliff outside the bar.
The second clip features Speaker O'Neil in the bar for the opening of the show. 

I think it speaks clearly about how divided we have become over politics in recent years. How often do you see politicians invading your favorite sitcoms? Rarely. Producers just don't like having them on for fear of polarizing their audiences. After all, we are quick to shoot someone in the firing squad that is public opinion. 

I once got to ask Senator Kerry about his Cheers experience. He said he loved it. Sometimes it might help for our politicians to unwind a little bit and have some fun. Nothing makes you look better than being able to laugh at yourself with other people. You might even make some fans of your own in the process.
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