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She welcomes Obama as a “thoughtful and cool leader” and as “hoopster in chief” says he’s welcome in the Hurricane’s basketball practice facility.
The followup, the student body president, is wearing an orange and green UM shirt. No coat and time for South Florida. He also speaks a lot longer then Shalala. But he ends strong, “We are honored to welcome you to the U.” The crowd loves it.
And then….nothing…the canned Presidential music is back on…
“The program will begin momentarily.”
This is good. They’ll get all the other stuff out the way early.
And indeed, we begin with the student body president leading the crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance. Then a UM student sings the National Anthem. She’s good, but now I want the opening pitch… and in a way we’re getting it: Shalala.
That is what they are doing in groups in the bleachers. Because my view of the bleachers, themselves at a right angle to the podium, is obstructed by a phalanx of TV cameras on a giant riser, I can’t tell if they are being egged on by someone, if a TV camera is panning the crowd and they are performing for it, or this is just a way to practice for the next Canes game.
Groundhog Day Is Worth Revisiting, Wouldn’t You Say? is Chris Lough’s appreciation of the 1993 movie.
Groundhog Day is one of the very few movies I’ve willingly seen more than once, and this essay captures why. I think it’s the only thing I ever liked Bill Murray in (I liked Ghostbusters, but didn’t like him in it; haven’t seen Lost in Translation yet) so I commend the review (and the movie) to you.