In the wake of what may go down in history as the most ridiculous display of histrionics ever on a convention stage, there was an almost immediate call for a DNC rebuttal from the incomparable Betty White. Funny? For sure. Over the top? Potentially. But not if it's done right. (Read: Not if the DNC does it my way.)
I am not interested in answering the RNC as much as I am in sprinting right past them. So picture this. The place - Charlotte, NC (hopefully without the Greek columns.) The time - the slot immediately before President Obama takes the stage. Yes. Immediately before.
She should walk on the stage (crowd goes wild, laughter, etc since all have been a-buzz about the possibility of her appearance.) Then a few moments later, while she is still soaking in all the adoration, someone brings out a chair. She looks at it (more uproarious laughter.) Then she sits in it and says "Well, what else was I supposed to do with it? I turned 90 this year. I need to sit."
Then she should talk about those 90 years - as an American, and as a woman. What has changed, what has gotten better. And yes, what has not gotten better. She should talk about what a twenty year old Betty would have thought about walking on the moon, the right to choose, smart phones, gay rights, equal pay and yes, an American President with a name like Barack Hussein Obama. Did she ever think she would "live to see the day" to see any of this?
Think about what Betty White has seen in her lifetime. If this were my full time job I would come up with an incredible list of some of the less-obvious things that have happened in and to America in the past 90 years.
Actually maybe we can all come up with a list and you can write one (or several) in the comments.
What her talk should leaving us feeling is equal parts of pride and anger - pride in what we have all built and anger over the things that are still unfinished, always neglected.
It would be a slam dunk and hell, I'd pay to see it. Obama would have his work cut out for him following Betty White.
Photo By : Pete Souza, White House photographer