....Only Fatter, and Not as Funny
I was on an AM radio show this a.m., early drive-time show. I have 4 minutes, total, including the hosts' questions. Brief, pithy, witty. Brief, pithy, witty. Brief...
With 7 seconds left, one of the hosts asks me about Hillary Clinton: "What are Hillary's chances for the Presidency?"
I check the clock, realize that there is no way to give a serious answer, and say: "Her main problem is that the First Man would spend all his time down at Denny's, trying to get the waitresses to play 'Prez and Intern'." Big laugh from hosts, promises to talk again soon, etc.
So, score one for me. How clever.
I relate this to my older son, rather proudly (being a narcissist, I am mostly proud of EVERYTHING). He stares at me.
He says, "So, you crack on Jon Stewart, who is a comedian, for ridiculing public figures. But you, a college professor, are allowed to make crude jokes about an ex-President?"
I really didn't have an answer.
He continued: "Dad, you are just LIKE Jon Stewart, only fatter and not as funny."
Reminded me of H.L. Mencken's law of self-awareness: No man can be a fool, and not know it, if he is married.
Munger's corollary to Mencken's law: No man can be a pompous ass, and not know it, if he has a teenage son.