Friday, November 14, 2008

Life Imitates Art

“Art is not a mirror held up to reality,
but a hammer with which to shape it.”
Bertolt Brecht

Obama ~ Alex Grey

After eight years of vigorous opposition to the Bush administration and two years of increasingly obsessive support for Barack Obama suddenly Obama won and the pressure is released. My initial euphoria has given way to strange malaise and I have been adjusting to the new reality gently by finally catching up with the last two seasons of The West Wing.

When I began watching The West Wing it served as a soothing parallel universe, a happy fantasy with smart democrats in the White House. Now, finally, watching the last two episodes it seems more like a voodoo spell to really put smart democrats in the White House. Alan Alda who plays an elderly republican running for president against Jimmy Smits who plays the young Latino democrat were, according to a writer for the show, actually modeled on John McCain and Barack Obama. This was of course before anyone knew they would be our candidates. I heard Alda and Smits interviewed on NPR recently and Smits said it was "a little spooky" sometimes how reality ended up mirroring the show.

Alan Alda, Bradley Whitford and Jimmy Smits
on NBC's "The West Wing

1 comment:

  1. Hi Peggy Sue -

    The West Wing was my alternative universe, too.

    Now, I will savor every episode each day of the Obama administration.