NO FUN TIMES
Humor sometimes best works when a kernel of truth, sometimes uncomfortable, is wrapped around the attempted satire. Last night's Saturday Night Live opening monologue seems to hit that mark:
Of course this bit merely reflects the recent media criticism on the perceived indecisiveness of the Obama administration in the face of an unprecedented economic crisis, however fair or unfair that might be. As the New York Times points out today, our Treasury Secretary is trying to do his job with a number of personnel shortages.
"Compounding the strain on the Treasury, almost all the top posts beneath Mr. Geithner are still vacant. Though he has hired about 50 senior advisers — about half the number he hopes to recruit — the White House has become so worried about potential tax problems and other issues in the backgrounds of candidates that it has nominated only a handful of people..."
"Of the four major federal departments — state, justice, defense and the Treasury — the Treasury has had the fewest nominees even though it is dealing with probably the most significant problems facing the government..."
"With the economy plunging into its deepest recession since the early 1980s, the Treasury has been put in charge of vast swaths of the economy, including rescuing the financial system, the housing market and the automobile industry. The strains are showing. Many top Treasury aides often look haggard and acknowledge they are getting by on only a few hours of sleep a night. They often have to split their attention among wildly different projects."
Not funny at all.
Yet, one can see how next Saturday's opening SNL skit featuring our poor, beleaguered Treasury Secretary, almost writes itself.