Obama as Othello ; A Shakespeare Parody. Act 1, Scenes 2 and 3 - The Campaign Trail.
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Obama as Othello ; A Shakespeare Parody. Act 1 - Scenes 2 and 3
The Campaign Trail.
Act 1 Scene 2 : Toledo, Ohio
The scene is a gathering on the campaign hustings at the Convention Centre in Toledo as Presidential candidate Othello Hussein Obama draws his speech to a close;
Obama: .....and the Bush era enters an inglorious end,
He drove us all around the bend,
So I present to you, a change of view,
A chance to try for something new,
Beleive in change for I'm the man,
To tell you all that 'Yes We Can!!!'
A round of applause and wild cheers erupt from the enthusiastic audience followed by a Mexican wave and chants of "Yes We Can!, Yes We Can!"
Meanwhile two reporters James Montano of the Washington Post and the New York Time's George Lodivico are discussing the speech as Obama walks among the crowd shaking hands and accepting the heartfelt congratulations of his supporters;
Montano: Was that a street rap?
Lodivico: No! But it was damned close. A kinda soliloquy thing wouldn't ya say?
Montano: Look! Here he comes.......... Senator Obama! Senator Obama! Do you think you can win this now?
Obama: Yeah Bro! My parts, my title and my perfect soul shall manifest me rightly,
Lodivico: Well I sure think you got plenty of soul after that performance. But how do you answer the criticism that you ain't got the experience to deal with the Middle-East and the War on Terror?
Obama: Any of our enemies will find that I'm not blessed with the soft phrase of peace,
Montano: No kiddin?
Obama: You betcha buddy! I can sure sit on the flint and steel couch of war if I have to.
Montano: But what about the financial crisis?
Obama: Gotta go dudes, gotta go slap some skin with the happy cats here.
Exeunt the Senator from Chicago leaving Lodivico looking with enquiring eyes at Montano;
Lodivico: Man! Is he on something?
Montano: Yeah! A victory roll.
Lodivico: You know? I think he reads books,
Montano: Yeah! Big books by the sound of it,
Lodivico: And old books too?
Montano: Yep! Big-old books,
Lodivico: That's radical,
Montano: Well leadership-wise it sure means a change of style.
Act 1 : Scene 3 : The White House; Washington D.C.
It is the Situation Room in the basement of the West Wing of the White House and people of destiny and importance are there gathered. President Bush is also present. Around him are generals, special advisors and Dick Cheney his Vice-President. They are all looking at a map on the wall;
Bush: So these blue lines are the Kurdistanis?
General: No Mr President
Bush: Oh right! So they must be the Turkistanis
General: No sir, they're the Turks and the other ones are the Kurds
Bush: OK!......right..... OK!...... and which one is on our side?
General: It don't really matter
Bush: Hell no! I guess not
Cheney: It's not of major importance anyway cos the Turks won't dare make a move without our say so
Bush: USA rules!
Cheney: Our big concern is Iran
Bush: Right! We gonna take 'em out now
Cheney: No sir, but we hear from our Cyprus Intelligence station that the Iranians may have made further developments in their nuclear energy programme
Bush: Golly gee!!
Cheney: Yes, so let's not allow the Turkish movements to keep us in false gaze. We need to step up intelligence gathering and put more diplomatic pressure on Ahmadinejad
Bush: Absolutely! Ahmad.....Ahmadin..... Ahamji....that guy needs a talking to
Cheney: So you'll give the go-ahead sir
Bush: I thought you did that?
Cheney: Well, you are the President sir
Bush: Yeah, that's right, I'm the President
Cheney: So we have your permission sir
Bush: You got it! Yeah! The main article I do approve, in fearful sense. Go get 'em boys!
Cheney: Thank you ladies and gentlemen. You are dismissed,
Bush: Yeah! You get 'em too girls. Hey wait a minute! Ain't it my job to end the meeting?
Cheney: Of course, sorry Mr President sir,
Bush: Yeah! Now get back in here everybody ........ Thank you..... Now dismissed!
The Generals and other White House staff eventually leave the room muttering among themselves
Cheney: Can I speak to you for a few minutes George?
Bush: I'm really gonna miss this job,
Bush: I said I'm gonna miss this job. Best I've had since I ran the Texas Rangers,
Cheney: Of course,
Bush: Do you know we almost made the play-offs in 1993? Best record for almost 20 years,
Cheney: And you've had an unbeaten record in the White House,
Bush: Didn't like that bunch of infielders though, back in '89,
Bush: You wanna know what they did to me in the shower room?
Cheney: Not really, no!
Bush: And the pinch-hitter was a real asshole,
Cheney: George! I really need to discuss the election campaign with you right now,
Bush: You could call me 'Mr President' you know. I'm wearing my best suit after all,
Cheney: Let's not kid ourselves Georgie boy
Bush: Mmm .... right ... OK then, what do you wanna talk about?
Cheney: It looks like McCain is going to lose the vote,
Bush: Yeah! What a stiff!
Cheney: Well he hasn't done too bad considering,
Bush: Considering what?
Cheney: Considering Palin's screw-ups on TV,
Bush: I dunno, she's got a real good sense of humour. Did you see her on Saturday Night Live,
Cheney: Ah .... nothing, forget it.
Bush: I didn't know McCain was a goddam hippie in the 60's though
Bush: Yeah I've seen his secret file, I've seen the CIA photos. Bearded long-hair hanging out in the woods. And dressed like a hobo.
To think that when I was proudly serving my country flying F-102's over Texas and Alabama, he was a no good beatnik,
Cheney: He was a POW in Vietnam
Bush: Ohhh! ...... I see!
Cheney: Yeah! The Vietcong didn't exactly have a Hairdressers Battalion out there. They were too busy fighting a war,
Bush: No discipline
Cheney: I guess not
Bush: No wonder they lost,
Cheney: Nothing, forget it.
Cheney: Getting back to my point George, it looks like McCain and Palin are going down so.....
Bush: She sure looks cute in those specs!
Cheney: .... soooo, you'll need to meet up with Othell'Obama. Like it or not we need a smooth transition of power,
Bush: I like power!
Cheney: Sure George, but since we're still involved in Iraq and Afghanistan with problems cropping up with Iran it's important that you speak with Obama on the security situation
Bush: I hate to admit it but the guy sure has a person and a smooth dispose woudn't ya say?
Cheney: Yeah, he's a real operator that's for sure,
Bush: But all that horseshit about 'change' who's he kiddin?
Cheney: Don't worry George, he will as tenderly be led by the nose,
Bush: As well as who?
Cheney: Erm .... What was that you were saying about the pinch-hitter?
Act 1 : Scene 4
- Obama as Othello ; A Shakespeare Parody. Act 1 Scene 4 - Bill Clinton Advises the President.
A meeting in the Democrat campaign headquarters in Chicago. Othell'Obama and his wife Michelle are in discussion with Senator Harold Brabantio.