Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Poetry is Everywhere: Blagojevich post-impeachment edition

When the going gets tough, embattled Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich busts out some poetry. You might recall that Blagojevich ended a December 2008 press conference by reciting “If” by Rudyard Kipling. Well, he's at it again. After the Illinois House voted to impeach his ass, he busted out a bit of "Ulysses" by Lord Alfred Tennyson.

"Though we are not now the strength which in old days moved earth and heaven, that which we are, we are," Blagojevich said. "One equal temper of heroic hearts, made weak by time and by fate, but strong in will, to strive, to seek, to find. And not to yield. Thank you."

I love CBS Evening News chief Washington correspondent Bob Schieffer's reaction" "Well, I tell you, when you saw him stand up there and reciting that Tennyson poem, you began to wonder if maybe he was going to lay the groundwork for pleading insanity in this case."

Though I love The Daily Show with Jon Stewart even more. If only every news network had a Senior Poetry Analyst.

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