The gentle jokes and good feelings were a great contrast to the trailer-trash celebrity news that’s been dished out to us the past few weeks. Judge Seidlin crying! Britney in, out, and in rehab once again! But, hey, maybe we really prefer gossiping about and pitying the famous to them boring us to death while they celebrate their achievements.
And maybe we like a little drama from our politicians as well, especially the politicians who act, and are treated like, celebrities. After all, when David Geffen, a Hollywood grand master of p.r., dissed Hillary to Maureen Dowd, he knew exactly what he was doing. He knew that the press wants to treat Hillary like the diva she is, prop her up and gush about her and then bash her down, and always use the opportunity to get gossipy and personal. The same fate will undoubtedly befall Obama. For the time being, Geffen wanted to create the headlines, and Hillary’s staffers certainly took the bait. Was it is as self-destructive to her as Britney shaving her head? No, but it did make Hillary look wobbly and remind us again why those who dislike her dislike her so much.
At the Oscars, Martin Scorsese finally won Best Director, and his good-but-not-great gangster picture won the top prize. The Academy voters decided it was his turn, and he finally got what he probably thought he long deserved. Hillary is also counting on getting what she absolutely thinks she deserves from the voters — though the contest she is in is not going to be as well-mannered as this year’s Oscars. Yet, if she and Obama keep it up, I bet it will be a lot more fun to watch!