Thursday, July 19, 2012

Thornton Melon Could Certainly Take Barack Obama "Back To School"...

Watching the classic Rodney Dangerfield flick, I was stuck by this piece of dialogue....the wealthy self-made Thornton, wanting to enter college but having no credentials, comes up with a way most acceptable to the Dean...paying for a new "Melon School of Business".  The interaction between Melon and a snotty Economics professor at the groundbreaking is classic, and one can imagine Dr. Philip Barbay replaced quite easily by one Professor Barack Hussein Obama:

Dean Martin:[Barbay has arrived at the groundbreaking of the new Melon School of Business] Ah, Phillip... so glad you could make it. Mr. Melon, this is Dr. Phillip Barbay. He's the dean of our new Melon School of Business. 

 Dr. Phillip Barbay: [Thornton extends his hand, Barbay refuses it and takes Martin aside] David, I just want to get it on record that I am totally against this. I don't think that selling admission to an obviously unqualified student is either ethical or honorable.

That's Barbay in the rear, striding in from his jalopy...

 Dean Martin:  Uh, right... Phil. In Mr. Melon's defense, it was a really big check.

 Dr. Phillip Barbay: [glaring at Martin in dismay] It's a simple matter of undermining the efforts of our best students, who are here as the result of hard work!

 Thornton Melon: [chiming in] Hard work? Listen, Sherlock! While you were tucked away up here working on your ethics, I was out there busting my hump in the REAL world. And the reason guys like you got a place to teach is 'cause guys like me donate buildings.

Wish somebody had schooled Obama like that when he was pontificating at Harvard - reminding him, while he was lecturing (or protesting) in some fancy hall, thathe didn't build it -somebody else (most likely a  - gasp! capitalist!) did.

But maybe it's not too late.  I would love to see a businessman with enough cojones to stand up before Barack Obama and remind the president that the only reason he has any government money to spend at all is because of guys like him, who go out and bust their hump in the real world every day - not by playing golf, giving speeches, and voting "present".

Wish I could find the clip from the scene above.  Still, there is this one, in which Thornton Melon repeatedly interrupts Dr. Barbay's economics lecture, mocking his naivete and instructing the professor on how economics works in the real world, and not on the chalkboard.

Obama needed to be schooled like this a long time ago.  Maybe today, he'd have a clue:


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