I didn't post much the past couple days, so I figured I'd post two today. I have to be productive when I have the opportunity, or I might not get it again.
Do click on the link above. This is the best quality clip that YouTube has to offer. I didn't want to subject you to an inferior quality truncated clip. Embedding on this video was disabled by the user's request and I can understand why. Parts of this clip could easily be used to flame the fires of race-related flame wars. That's not at all what I'm gunning for in this post.
Richard Pryor's demeanor in this skit, undertaken intentionally in an over the top and shockingly informal manor, plays for laughs. Hard to believe there was a time when Presidential press conferences were dull affairs punctuated by stuffed shirts. They may still be dull, but for the past almost seven years they have been full of W's verbal gaffes, earthy comments, and brazen belligerence.
I find it tragic that certain people actually believe an Obama Presidency would result in something like this. This sort of fear is so pervasive that it has been exhaustively personified in media, dating back as long as the moving image itself--as far back as The Birth of a Nation.