Yesterday Big Guy was busy with his official Big White greeter duties. There were all of the UConn NCAA champions to be greeted:
And since it’s the May before an election year, another commencement ceremony to address. This rock star responsibility rotates between Lady M and Big Guy and it was BO’s turn at Booker T. Washington high school in Memphis.
Big Guy greeted each and every graduate; here’s the long and the short of it:
In his address he told the kids:
Education also teaches you the value of discipline -- that the greatest rewards come not from instant gratification but from sustained effort and from hard work. This is a lesson that’s especially true today, in a culture that prizes flash over substance, that tells us that the goal in life is to be entertained, that says you can be famous just for being famous. You get on a reality show -- don't know what you’ve done -- suddenly you’re famous. But that's not going to lead to lasting, sustained achievement.
Or the Presidency ... or a Nobel Peace Prize.
Just ask The Donald. He had a choice between being President of the United States and Leader of the Free World, or stick with Celebrity Apprentice. He chose wisely.
That makes the second R-word in the same number of days who announced they were not running: the Trumpster and the Huckster. (I previously revealed my exclusive inside scoop on the Huckster sliding into Beck’s timeslot when he leaves.)
So here’s the score in the Presidential sweepstakes so far: Game Shows 2, Presidential Aspirations 0. I sure hope nobody offers Big Guy a reality show.
Anyway, not a bad day’s work on the part of the Official US Greeter. And as an added bonus, fashion forward shoe ideas for Lady M!
And speaking of fashion, did you see where Bijan Pakzad passed away? Who, you ask, is Bijan?
“Bijan Pakzad, an extravagant fashion designer and boutique owner who happily and unabashedly made wealthy men look rich, feel rich and smell rich,” Mr. Pakzad explained that he catered to customers who “normally aren’t concerned about inflation.”
You too could look rich, feel rich and smell rich if you could afford to buy your suits at the most expensive boutique on Rodeo Drive. Butt, you ask, who can afford that, MOTUS? Well, you’d be surprised, for starters, Dominique Straus-Kahn, temporarily head of the IMF and accused rapist. Butt a lot of other famous people over the years as well including Frank Sinatra, Cary Grant, Stevie Wonder, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Michael Jordan and President Obama.
Whoa! Big Guy? The one who told college grads back when he was campaigning – the last time I mean – that "our individual salvation depends on collective salvation." He disparaged students who want to "take your diploma, walk off this stage, and chase only after the big house and the nice suits and all the other things that our money culture says you should buy."
Butt, there’s nothing wrong with smelling rich!