It’s been a long week, what with the Alito confirmation hearings and all that playing on NPR all day, every day. It’s important stuff, don’t get me wrong, but sometimes the drama is lacking. Also, if you listened to the hearings on the radio, as I did, there was a sense of mystery about what the people in that Senate chamber were really doing. So, try as I may, I can’t force myself to write seriously on the subject this morning.
Now, for those of you who saw the hearings on TV (or for those of you with a sense of imagination), now comes the chance for you to fill in the blank. This photograph is of Senator Joseph Biden, who has been one of the Democrats asking questions of Samuel Alito this week.
This photograph comes from Senator Biden’s own web site, but nowhere there can I find information about what exactly Senator Biden was saying when this picture was taken. So, take a look at the picture, and tell us what you think. What is Biden saying in this picture?
Here are a few possibilities I can imagine:
1. “Well, to play a theremin, you don’t strum any strings or push any valves. You don’t touch it at all. You just move your hands like this, and you make creepy music, like when Vincent Price was on TV.”
2. “My son used to be a volunteer fireman, and he told me that one of the things that they teach you when you’re a fireman is that you never go down the pole with just one hand. You have to use two hands like this, see?”
3. “You’ll notice how my eyebrows go up at the ends, like a Vulcan’s, this morning. Well, that’s because, while preparing for this Sunday morning talk show, the makeup lady you have backstage here didn’t understand my directions. She said, ‘Do you want to have some makeup to help your eyebrows look more bushy?’ I said ‘Sure. How about this much.’ But she thought I meant this much.”
Any other suggestions?