Poet Calvin Trillin on the year in politics
Calvin Trillin, the "Deadline Poet" for The Nation, looks back at the big year in politics.
With the election now over, and no oft-skewered Republican party in the White House, what will Trillin do? "I was thinking maybe becoming an insurance claims adjuster, or some other form of livlihood. I don't know. I think we'll be okay. (Barack Obama) is difficult to joke about. Partly because he is so steady and calm, and ususally someone who has a pretty steady personality. Demeanor is obviously harder to joke about, but I'm willing to give it a try."
"There was a great moment in the campaign when Jon Stewart on "The Daily Show" said 'Sarah Palin, the Republican Vice-Presidential candidate,' and then he looked up and said, 'And Godsend.' Palin did provide some great material.
"There was plenty to make fun of in the Clinton administration. I have been doing the "Deadline Poet" since 1990, so I started with George H.W. Bush and then went through eight years of Clinton, and I didn't have any problem finding subjects in those years. I don't think I'll have a problem with Obama."
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