It is times like these when I wish I had connections in Hollywood. I have a great idea that might evolve into a concept that could result in a script that might interest one of the cable movie channels. Not the “premium” channels like HBO; I’d settle for Reelz or Flix.
Since HBO’s biopic Game Change is apparently the “most watched HBO original movie in 8 years,” how about one on the 2008 Obama campaign? My idea is a that we focus on the campaign’s reaction to the Jeremiah Wright and Bill Ayers revelations.
For those of you who have long ago flushed those two tangential figures down the old memory hole, I am sorry for bringing a skunk to the garden party: Reverend Wright was Obama’s pastor for two decades during which he ranted and raved about white racist America while praising the Jew-hating Louis Farrakhan as one of the greatest men of the 20th and 21st centuries. And Bill Ayers was a violent domestic terrorist who wrote about his acquittal on a technicality for a bombing, “Guilty as hell, free as a bird—it’s a great country.” Nevertheless, Obama worked closely with Ayers during his community organizer days, and reportedly launched his political career in Bill Ayers’ living room.
I know what you’re thinking: This is all ancient history and besides Barry was only building up his political street-cred with the brothers and sisters by joining the most edgy, over-the-top rock-‘n-roll church on Chicago’s South Side. Of course, he never heard the Rev say any of those awful things about America, Jews etc.
And Bill Ayers? Hey, weren’t those 1960’s the greatest? And didn’t we have fun smoking dope, getting laid, dressing funny, planting bombs, robbing banks, murdering policemen?
Bill Ayers…what a card! And as Ayers’ friend professor Stanley Fish wrote a while back in the New York Times:
…Ayers is a longtime professor of education at UIC, nationally known for his prominence in the “small school” movement. [Bernadine] Dohrn [Ayers’wife] teaches at Northwestern Law School, where she directs a center for child and family justice. Both lend their skills and energies to community causes; both advise various agencies; together they have raised exemplary children and they have been devoted caretakers to aged parents. “Respectable” is too mild a word to describe the couple; rock-solid establishment would be more like it. There was and is absolutely no reason for anyone who knows them to plead the fifth or declare, “I am not now nor have I ever been a friend of Bill’s and Bernardine’s.”
Do I need to add that Bernadine was a leader of the so-called Weather Underground and, according to Wikipedia, … “went underground in early 1970, engaging in bombing activities”? The more-than-respectable woman also said this in reaction to the Manson murders, …””First they killed those pigs, then they ate dinner in the same room with them, then they even shoved a fork into the pig Tate’s stomach! Wild!” Grooovy!
And anyone who’d object to a candidate for president associating with these folks obviously didn’t get any during the 60’s.
Still, wouldn’t you love to see a behind-the-scenes biopic with actors playing Obama and campaign managers Davids Axelrod and Plouffe? The scenes with those three and perhaps Michelle (Is Halle Berry available?) would be great. Especially when Barry comes up with the idea of accusing his then living grandmother (the one who raised him while his mother was off somewhere doing some really interesting sociological research) of racism. I’ll bet both Davids’ jaws dropped in awe at the ideas coming from the man who would soon become the “smartest person to ever occupy the White House.”
Here’s how I imagine it:
Obama: I need talking points on Wright!
Plouffe: Don’t worry. It’ll die after a couple of days. If not, we’ll scream RACISM.
Obama: Of course! But what about Ayers?
Axelrod: Come on. You were only 8 when Ayers was making bombs and planning to set off one at a Ft. Dix army base dance. Besides, everyone loves Ayers now. What a son, father, husband; and he also loves animals, is pro-choice and is a vegetarian.
Obama: Wow! You guys are almost as smart as me.