Drip. Drip. Drip. Hey, Nothing like another cold, rainy day in Northeast Ohio. So with the foul weather once again sending me to the elliptical trainer, I had plenty of time to consider the big news stories — and news makers — of the week. And this is an aside. Did you know that it is possible to glance at ESPN anytime between 5:30 and 6:30 a.m. and never see anything other than stories about Brett Favre? Should have sent him with Oprah to Denmark for the announcement about the Olympics.
Anyway, since I have seen the same stories over and over and over again on morning TV this week, I’m convinced that the winners of this week’s Shout-Out Friday are:
- Ken Lewis. Whoa, big guy. One ruinous acquisition and you’re out as CEO of Bank of America — ending a tree-hugging career of nearly four decades. You managed to take the Merrill Lynch bull by the balls and ride two companies downhill. Oh, well. Enjoy the early retirement beginning at the end of the year — and for your pension, stock and other compensation, estimated in a NYT article to be north of $130 million, I would consider a bank other than Bank of America and a wealth adviser other than on at Merrill Lynch. Just sayin’.
- Roman Polanski. Well, regardless of what the Hollywood celebs say (see Eugene Robinson, WaPo, “Hollywood’s Shame“), having unlawful sex with a 13-year-old girl is wrong. And in all that has been written and said about this episode this week, I’m still unclear why it took 30 some years to arrest him while living outside the USA. Let’s face it. Chinatown is overrated. And Rosemary’s Baby. C’mon. Give me a barf bag.
And one more thing. I’m going to make every effort to delay my usual early afternoon nap — until I found out if Chicago gets the nod to host the Olympics in 2016. But I’ll say this. If the most powerful woman in the world — Oprah — can’t bring home the gold for the USA, then something is rotten in Denmark.