In honor of President’s Day, a video clip of our best never-gonna-be president, the satirical Bob Roberts. (Okay, the film was about a Senate campaign, but I seem to recall Roberts being presented as presidential material). Anyway, enjoy this clip from Tim Robbins’ 1992 film and just remind yourself that 20 years ago, this was cutting-edge satire. Today these things Roberts spouts are standard conservative talking points:
Two years ago I stumbled across the film, which I’d long since forgotten, and posted the Bob Roberts trailer and some old reviews. It goes without saying that Tim Robbins was extraordinarily prescient when he wrote and directed it. As I wrote at the time, I remembered seeing the film in the theater and thinking, “Nah, too over the top! Too out there! Revolutionary War costumes? Hilarious!” And hello modern-day Tea Party.
This year marks the film’s 20th anniversary. I would hope it would be re-released on DVD with a little bit of hoo-hah, though I don’t know if there are any plans to do so. But there should be. It really shows how extreme the modern day Republican Party has become.