Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Weekly Radio Address

I have always been sort of fascinated with the idea of the President's weekly radio address. First of all, it's a radio address. When was the last time a breaking story was first reported on radio? Pearl Harbor? Second of all, it happens on Saturday morning, quite possibly the worst time of the week to broadcast anything. I have no idea why the weekly radio address had endured to this day. The ultimate indictment of the weekly radio address is that the few times that I have actually been listening to a radio station that aired the address on a Saturday morning, I've changed the channel. If someone like me, who professes so much interest in the weekly radio address can't stand to listen to it even once, it makes me wonder if anyone williningly listens to the President's weekly radio address. In case you're wondering why I'm talking about the weekly radio address, this week's issue of The Onion has a great send-up of the President's weekly radio address.


MDS said...

Do you not listen because the current president is inarticulate and won't have anything of interest to say? This is the complete archive of Bush's weekly radio addresses. I think I listened a few times during the Clinton years, but I would definitely change the channel if one came on now.

dhodge said...

I don't know if I would want to listen if someone else was in the Oval Office. I rarely enjoy listening to politicians speak, regardless of how much I may agree or disagree with their views.