Obama Jumped the Shark

May 17, 2009

I haven’t been paying a ton of attention but it seems like the guy is generally doing a pretty good job under the circumstances.  However, I have a gripe!

As a supporter of Obama in the ’08 campaign I was placed on some mailing list.  I totally expected (and recieved) a ton of pre-election emails asking for support, etc, I get that, it’s the nature of the beast, I voluntarily signed on for it.   However, the email I got yesterday crosses the line.

I got an email from the Obama camp stating that the new healthcare plan was about to come under attack from the conservative right and they needed a $5 donation to counter this upcoming attack.

I don’t know, just seems sort of like church ….all- powerful entity asking for small donations.

Hey Obama, you are the most powerful man in the country, act like it!

(screenshot of actual email sent to me from Obama camp)

first obama rant

Jumping the shark is a colloquialism used to denote the point in a TV show or movie series’ history where the plot veers off into absurd story lines or out-of-the-ordinary characterizations. This usually corresponds to the point where a show with falling ratings apparently becomes more desperate to draw viewers in. In the process of undergoing these changes, the TV or movie series loses its original appeal. Shows that have “jumped the shark” are typically deemed to have passed their peak.

The phrase refers to a scene in a three-part episode of the American TV series Happy Days, first broadcast on September 20, 1977. In the third of the three parts of the “Hollywood” episode, Fonzie, wearing swim trunks and his trademark leather jacket, jumps over a confined shark while water skiing.   This was particularly ironic, in that Fonzie, famous for being a biker, had previously jumped his motorcycle for a publicity stunt—but was severely injured in the process, and very remorseful for his actions; he then learned a valuable lesson, and delivered a moral message, that taking foolish risks “isn’t cool”.

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