Harry Shearer: Obama 100 day window of opportunity closes on Louisiana
The national media are obviously making a huge deal of the fact that April 29 2009 marks President Obama’s 100th day in the oval office.
There’s obviously nothing magic about this arbitrary time period but one of my local heroes is Harry Shearer, who took advantage of the national hype to offer his perspective in Huffingtonpost on the Obama 100 day “anniversary” with a specific Louisiana focus.
Harry Shearer is an actor, author, director, satirist, musician, radio host, playwright, multi-media artist, essayist and social critic. He is probably best known for providing the voices of the following 17 characters on Fox TV’s eternal The Simpsons:
C. Montgomery Burns,Waylon Smithers, Ned Flanders, Principal Skinner, Otto, Reverend Lovejoy, Dr. Julius Hibbert, Kent Brockman, Jasper, Lenny, Edde Rainier, Wolfcastle/McBain, Scratchy, Kang, Herman, George Bush, and Judge Snyder.
He is much less well known as a part time Louisiana coastal resident (New Orleans). In case you haven’t noticed, Harry Shearer has become a fierce national voice of support for south Louisiana in the post-Katrina era.
With respect to the latter role, Shearer is paying close attention to local coastal going’s on. For example, he wrote an April 10 HuffingtonPost piece on the firing of embattled coastal scientist Ivor van Heerden and followed that up with an April 12 interview with Dr. van Heerden on the Harry Shearer Le Show (minutes 31:30 – 50:00).
Shearer’s April 29 Huffpost essay is pretty down beat with respect to Louisiana not benefitting significantly from an “opening salvo” of administrative largesse associated with Obama’s first 100 days. Shearer suggests that such an opportunity won’t happen again.
Alhough Mr. Shearer doesn’t speculate on a possible connection between our governor’s recent statements hostile to the new administration and our not receiving special post-Katrina resources, it’s very hard not to connect the dots.
It may or may not be significant that the president was hosting a town hall meeting in our upriver sister city of St. Louis on this special day, rather than at Jackson Square in New Orleans.