Monday, August 27, 2007
Cultural commentary through serendipity: Watching Bob Schieffer talking about the agony and "traumatic" times the White House had gone through before Alberto Gonzales's resignation, I flip one channel up, and find The Godfather Part II playing on Bravo. Michael (Al Pacino) baits and interrogates Tom Hagen (Robert Duvall) about whether or not he's staying with the family, or whether he'll take a job offer from a Vegas hotel/casino. "Are you going to be with me on these things I have to do," Michael whispers self-righteously, "Because if you're not, you can take your wife, and your family, and your mistress, and move them all to Vegas." The consigliere looks hurt at his patron's quiet rage, and says he's staying.