Thursday, November 27, 2014
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"It's Presidents Day!"

I had a great idea (OK, maybe not that great :-) for a movie pitch today -- the long awaited sequel to one of my favorite flicks, "Groundhog Day" with Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell. The movie would be called "Presidents Day." You see, it's 20 years later now, and happily married with a tiny brood of kids, TV weatherman Phil Connors has entered politics (because of the humanity that he developed during his time in Punxatawney, he's now a liberal, of course :-) In the opening montage, the Murray character is elected senator and then the 45th president of the United States. But less than a month into his administration, on Presidents Day, he finds himself forced to repeat the same horrendous day over and over again. Every morning he wakes up at 6 a.m. to the same segment of "Fox & Friends" on TV joking that "he used to be a weatherman -- just like his terrorist friend Bill Ayers," and then he encounters the same insipid Republican congressman on a street corner, blithering "Phil? Phil Connors? We have to cut the capital gains tax again!," asConnors is forced to listen to the exact same Beltway punditry and tired conventional wisdom over and over. Will President Phil Connors make it to Tuesday and save the nation -- or will he be forever trapped in "Presidents Day"? I think we could get Murray and MacDowell for a good price these days.

"It's Presidents Day!"



I had a great idea (OK, maybe not that great :-) for a movie pitch today -- the long awaited sequel to one of my favorite flicks, "Groundhog Day" with Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell. The movie would be called "Presidents Day." You see, it's 20 years later now, and happily married with a tiny brood of kids, TV weatherman Phil Connors has entered politics (because of the humanity that he developed during his time in Punxatawney, he's now a liberal, of course :-) In the opening montage, the Murray character is elected senator and then the 45th president of the United States. But less than a month into his administration, on Presidents Day, he finds himself forced to repeat the same horrendous day over and over again. Every morning he wakes up at 6 a.m. to the same segment of "Fox & Friends" on TV joking that "he used to be a weatherman -- just like his terrorist friend Bill Ayers," and then he encounters the same insipid Republican congressman on a street corner, blithering "Phil? Phil Connors? We have to cut the capital gains tax again!," asConnors is forced to listen to the exact same Beltway punditry and tired conventional wisdom over and over. Will President Phil Connors make it to Tuesday and save the nation -- or will he be forever trapped in "Presidents Day"? I think we could get Murray and MacDowell for a good price these days.

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