Dick Cheney = Dr. Strangelove???

Okay, this is a pathetically inconsequential diary and the observation wasn't even mine, but that of a colleague of my spouse's, and he doesn't blog.  But as soon as this was relayed to me, I realized it was brilliantly correct:

Seeing Dick Cheney in the wheelchair was like Dr. Strangelove in "Dr. Strangelove."

Though I'm not sure just how sincerely Cheney would wrestle with his right arm.  Or his far right arm as the case might be.

If you haven't seen "Dr. Strangelove" and have no idea what I'm talking about, rent it.   Classic dark comedy from the Cold War.  With characters like "Col. Bat Guano." 

Tags: cheney, Peter Sellers, snark, strangelove (all tags)



Re: Dick Cheney = Dr. Strangelove???


by yitbos96bb 2009-01-21 11:35AM | 0 recs
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Nah, that was the Slim Pickens character who had nothing more than a strong sense of duty.   Cheney deserves something not nearly as nice.

People marvel at the peaceful transfer of power in America.  I marvel that under our system Bush was allowed to fly back home to Texas.  I had this vision of an enormous line of American citizens stretching from D.C. to Crawford, Texas, kicking Bush's ass every step of the way.

by InigoMontoya 2009-01-21 12:05PM | 0 recs
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I know that the character riding the bomb wasn't Strangelove... I have seen the movie many times :-)

I just LOVE that scene... its one of my favorite movie scenes EVER.   Cheney riding down a bomb just makes me laugh!

by yitbos96bb 2009-01-21 06:35PM | 0 recs
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What's funny is that the guy who played Dr. Strangelove in the movie also played the President in the movie.  

by TheUnknown285 2009-01-21 02:18PM | 0 recs
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"The guy" was noted comic actor Peter Sellers (the Pink Panther movies, "The Mouse That Roared," et alia) who played three roles in "Dr. Strangelove":

Dr. Strangelove, President Merkin Muffley, and Group Captain Lionel Mandrake.

by InigoMontoya 2009-01-21 03:07PM | 0 recs
I immediately thought of Guy Caballero

Caballero, the flim-flam station manager from SCTV.  He told the TV audience that he only used the wheelchair for sympathy.  A gimmick.  A dodge.

(Image courtesy of sctv.org)

Then, after further reflection, Cheney reminds me of an old slaveholder looking out over his plantation from a rocking chair.  Playing the part of the genteel old man after years of inflicting cruelty and malice.  Drinking mint tea and talking niceties and occasionally starting a reproaching sentence with "Back in my day...".


by the national gadfly 2009-01-21 04:10PM | 0 recs
Re: I immediately thought of Guy Caballero

He reminds me of the evil banker in "Its a Wonderful Life"

by yitbos96bb 2009-01-21 06:37PM | 0 recs
I always could see Cheney delivering this dialogue

Turgidson (Bush): Doctor, you mentioned the ratio of ten women to each man. Now, wouldn't that necessitate the abandonment of the so-called monogamous sexual relationship, I mean, as far as men were concerned?

Dr. Strangelove (Cheney): Regrettably, yes. But it is, you know, a sacrifice required for the future of the human race. I hasten to add that since each man will be required to do prodigious...service along these lines, the women will have to be selected for their sexual characteristics which will have to be of a highly stimulating nature.

Russian Ambassador (Rummsy): I must confess, you have an astonishingly good idea there, Doctor.

by WashStateBlue 2009-01-21 04:59PM | 0 recs

he's stored his vital juices?  

by anna shane 2009-01-22 08:38AM | 0 recs


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