THE PLANK DECEMBER 11, 2006
U.S. Sen. Barack Obama, the Illinois Democrat doing nothing to discourage speculation he'll take on Senate colleague Hillary Clinton for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination, will appear in ESPN's Monday Night Football opening to talk about "a contest between two very different philosophies" that is also "a contest about the future." And--hint, hint--acknowledges questions about "whether the new guy has enough experience."Then, he says, he'll "put all the doubts to rest. After a lot of thought and a good deal of soul-searching, I'd like to announce to all of America that I'm ready . . . for the Chicago Bears to go all the way!"
This might have been cool, oh, 25 years ago--when Monday Night Football was actually a major event. But these days, the game's an afterthought: its broadcast is relegated to basic cable and its "celebrity" guests tend to be C-list types like Brian Bosworth and Christian Slater. C'mon Obama, your last media stunt was so perfect. But Monday Night Football? What's next? A walk-on cameo on Desperate Housewives?
Update: If you, like most Americans, didn't watch MNF, YouTube has the video.