Monday, September 7, 2009

Rod Blagojevich, maker of metaphors

Rod Blagojevich has a book coming out tomorrow, with the reality-resistant title The Governor. The other words on the front cover, perhaps not an official subtitle: “Finally, the Truth Behind the Political Scandal That Continues to Rock the Nation.” Is the scandal, from Blagojevich’s perspective, his wrongdoing, or his impeachment? It’s doubtful that either one rocked, much less continues to rock, the nation. As his recent Elvis impersonation suggests, the ex-gov has difficulty rocking even the house.

He also has difficulty managing vainglorious, self-pitying metaphors, as a passage from the book, quoted in a New York Times article, reveals. It’s about Barack Obama and himself:

He’s now the president of the United States, like Zeus in Greek mythology, on top of Mount Olympus. I’m Icarus, who flew too close to the sun. And I crashed to the ground.
Uh, no. Icarus fell into Lake Michigan and was never heard from again.

If only.

A related post
Blagojevich and “Ulysses” (on Blagojevich as Odysseus/Ulysses, “reckless, thieving, vain”)

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