- "All the world's a stage, And all the men and women
merely players;" -William Shakespeare
- If all the world's a stage, and we are but actors upon
it, we quickly realize that all of our US Presidents are actors too. Especially
the modern, media-savvy creations of the past one hundred years. They
were all cast for the part of president. They met behind the scenes well
beforehand; they auditioned and signed an incentive laden contract; they
memorized lines that others had written, and they willingly accept prizes
and awards for their performances.
- So why the sudden outrage that another actor won another
prize? The actor currently playing the president, Barack Obama, won the
equivalent of an Oscar for his dramatic role in a VERY BIG budget production.
Like the annual Oscar ceremony held in Hollywood, the recent Nobel Peace
Prize award seems to have caused a great deal of bitterness and vindictiveness.
Did he, or did he not, deserve the award?
- Certainly the actor playing the president delivered the
goods. He spoke his lines well and if he used a teleprompter, so what?
All actors study a script. They may embellish the lines but the words are
someone else's. The director tells the actor how to act, or react, and
what mood to assume, whether diplomacy or ferocity or flirtatiousness.
No actor, or president, goes onstage without rehearsal. Think of the members
of the Council on Foreign Relations, for example, as the director, producer
and scriptwriter for our presidential actors.
- If you study the list of past Nobel Prize winners, and
compare them to past Oscar winners, you see that some winners are more
deserving than others. Was Haley Joel Osment a better actor than Bruce
Willis in the Sixth Sense? Sure he was; but he didn't win. But that's the
same as saying Mother Teresa was more deserving of an Oscar, excuse me,
a Nobel Prize, than Al Gore. Certainly Mother Teresa was more convincing
in her role. She really "got into the role" as the movie critics
would say, while Mr. Gore simply sped around the world spewing hot gases
about global warming to win both the Nobel AND the Oscar as a pair of consolation
prizes for not winning the presidency.
- Past undeserving American winners of the Nobel include
such warmongers as Teddy Roosevelt, Woody Wilson and Henry Kissinger. Imagine
the size of the auditorium you would need to include all the dead victims
of that trio of "Peace" prize winners!
- They were ALL actors!
- ALL Presidents everywhere are trained actors. People
standing behind them help guide their careers and then launch them on stage.
Teddy Roosevelt portrayed a near-sighted bully, a pint-sized Custer with
the bluster of PT Barnum. Woody Wilson portrayed a martyr in an epic tragedy
about an elite WASP who loses his soul, while bestowing on America the
Great War AND the Federal Reserve AND the League of Nations, soon to become
the UN. By this criterion, shouldn't Harry Truman also have won a Nobel
Peace prize, for bombing Hiroshima and Nagasaki and bequeathing to the
world the CIA?
- Before you slag off this black newcomer as undeserving,
after only nine months of saber-rattling, you might want to slag off the
great whites dopes that gave him the prize. Perhaps they saw some potential
greatness in stage actor Obama. The potential, empire- building greatness
of Roosevelt or Wilson. I predict they are correct.
- Obama, the Harvard-trained actor who won the recent Nobel,
certainly captivates his core audience, much like Mel Gibson or Sylvester
Stallone. Much like the former occupant of the White House, George W. Bush;
you either love him or hate him.
- Bush portrayed a bumbling inept tragedian, a comedian
miscast as a "war president," His entirely convincing performance
as the man who slew the US Constitution while cracking jokes certainly
deserved some sort of prize, perhaps a belated Nobel for his body of work.
After all, the inventor of dynamite, Mr. Alfred Nobel, might not approve
of a man who left so many dead bodies lying around but the Nobel Committee
doesn't seem to mind. Must be a blast to award a prize to a bloodstained
man of peace.
- Longtime Rense contributor, Douglas Herman wrote and
directed a recent feature film, after casting and auditioning over 800
actors. He lives between Hope and Bullhead City, Arizona.