Friday, October 1, 2010

Bertie - A Man Devoid of All Shame

I must ask the Americans who sometimes read this blog - has any former leader of yours every turned up in a kitchen press? Do former Presidents regularly become tabloid sports columnists?


It's a real mystery why our economy is in the state it's in.


  1. caulfield-the-yankOctober 7, 2010 at 6:25 PM

    Defeates U.S. national candidates have sometimes done commercials.

    Only two examples of that come to mind.

    Bill Miller (Goldwater's running-mate in 1964) did a commercial for American Express.

    Much more famously, Bob Dole did an ad for Viagra -- which would have been more convincing if Elizabeth Dole had also given her endorsement.

  2. Were Miller and Dole still serving in a political role when they made the ads? Bertie is still a TD - not that he shows up in the Dail very much!

  3. caulfield-the-yankOctober 10, 2010 at 5:55 PM


    Miller had long since departed from the scene, and his face was probably the most unrecognized of any national candidate since the advent of TV. In fact, that was the premise of the ad. No one recognized him. It was only when he presented his American Express card that the name "William E. Miller" might ring a bell with anyone.

    Dole had quixotically resigned his Senate seat (which he need not have done) to dramatise his commitment to running against Clinton, so he was no longer in office. His wife, however, was preparing to seek the Republican presidential nomination.

    Members of the US Congress have sometimes quit Congress in order to take media jobs -- Joe Scarborough and Susan Molinari come to mind.

    But no, I cannot think of a single sitting member of Congress or the Executive branch who ever did a for-profit commercial.