The Best And Worst Of 2008
Keeping in tradition of media’s annual best and worst selections — because this is the slowest news cycle of every year — we offer the following:
Best: The Kaiser Permanente TV ad which sings “I want to grow up to be an old woman.”
Tackiest: Serving McNuggets at a wedding reception.
Worst: Any commercial where a guy named Mays yells at you.
Best: Barack Obama elected the first black U.S. president.
Worst: Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich trying to sell Obama’s senate seat to the highest bidder, according to the U.S. Attorney.
Best: The Republican Party nominating Sen. John McCain for president, the only person who stood a chance at beating Obama.
Worst: McCain’s selection of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin for vice president who proved to be unprepared for the job but was embraced by the party’s base.
Best: Michael Phelps with help from his teammates winning nine Olympic gold medals.
Worst: The Detroit Lions.
Dumbest: Congress rushing through the $700 billion financial sector bailout and having no clue how the money would be spent.
Best: President Bush’s financial assistance to combat AIDS in Africa.
Worst: Almost everything else Bush did.
Best: Rep. Barney Frank, chairman of a House banking committee, calling Bill O’Reilly ignorant.
Funniest: Jay Leno who commended Bush for the housing market collapse so he could buy his new $10 million home for $2 million.
Lamest: Vice President Dick Cheney’s revision of history.
Most Callow: Cheney’s response to using torture of captured militants: “So?”
Best: Most of Obama’s speeches during the election campaign.
Worst: All of McCain’s speeches.
Best Line: Joe Biden describing Rudy Giuliani’s sentence structure: “A noun, a verb and 9/11.”
Best: Caroline Kennedy as a surrogate for Barack Obama.
Worst: Joe the Plumber.
Most Tasteless: Sarah Palin’s press conference while a turkey was beheaded 20 feet to her back.
Classiest: Hillary Clinton’s public demeanor after losing the primary nomination.
Sleaziest: Bill Clinton’s foundation donors list.
Worst: ESPN for the schilling during the bowl games they broadcast and the opposition they represent against a college playoff format.
Best: Al Costas and John Madden as football announcer and colorman on NBC’s Sunday Night Football.
Worst: NBC’s Sunday Night Football pregame and halftime shows — too many talking heads.
Best: MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”
Worst: Fox dropping Alan Colmes and replacing him with Glenn Beck and Mike Huckabee.
Most Missed: Tim Russert of “Meet The Press.”
Happy New Year!
cross posted on The Remmers Report