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Steve Mills

eBay Givings Works - Bill Cosby to donate his sweaters from the show

Posted Friday, May 30, 2008, at 10:38 AM
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  • Is it too late to write him in as a presidential candidate?

    He's smart,affable,well-respected,has the real-world values that partizan politics would ridicule in anyone else and is entertaining enough to keep people listening as he actually says something worth hearing.

    He's used to working with toddlers so he could handle the average petulant tyrant and he posesses the confidence to forego being the top dog when necessary.

    He knows how to identify good people and bring out their best qualities while relying on them to be themselves and not his constructs.

    We've seen him in action for over forty years.

    Any evil or stupidity on his part has probably made itself evident by now.

    Yes,he smokes.

    He's had a baker's dozen women accuse him of sexual misconduct but he has yet to be the subject of major scandal.

    He may not be perfect,but he doesn't appear to have the need to convince us he is.

    He's had his share of flops in his career but he's always followed them with huge successes.

    He's served his country in the Korean conflict,treated wounded servicemen and veterans as a hospital corpsman and has pursued education even after his career as a performer had proven successful.

    He's already united the races by giving them the common ground of family.

    He's already given a Pound Cake speech that challenges us to provide leadership,mentoring and appropriate interests to our youth.

    He's asked us to live up to the sacrifices made by the people who gained us the freedoms we take for granted.

    Seventy-one isn't *that* old.

    We could do worse than have someone of his caliber helping run this country.

    O.K.

    Maybe he wouldn't go for the loss of prestige or the cut in pay but could we try and find some folks for our top offices that wouldn't be any worse at the job?

    -- Posted by quantumcat on Sat, May 31, 2008, at 9:40 AM
  • Interesting evaluation. I never thought of him as Presidential material, but....

    -- Posted by stevemills on Sun, Jun 1, 2008, at 12:38 PM
  • Having grown up seeing Bill Cosby on Electric Company and Picture Pages and Fat Albert, I'm a big fan. However, I lost a lot of respect for him when he was a (recorded) telemarketer for Mayor John Street in the 2004 (I think it was 2004, maybe it was 2003) Philadelphia mayoral elections. I know that Cosby if from Philly, but I was very disappointed that he was backing an obviously corrupt mayor (the FBI was investigating Street at the time).

    -- Posted by cfrich on Sun, Jun 1, 2008, at 5:05 PM
  • Having grown up seeing Bill Cosby on Electric Company and Picture Pages and Fat Albert, I'm a big fan. However, I lost a lot of respect for him when he was a (recorded) telemarketer for Mayor John Street in the 2004 (I think it was 2004, maybe it was 2003) Philadelphia mayoral elections. I know that Cosby if from Philly, but I was very disappointed that he was backing an obviously corrupt mayor (the FBI was investigating Street at the time).

    -- Posted by cfrich on Sun, Jun 1, 2008, at 5:06 PM
  • I'd like to know his rationale for that.

    I'd think he'd prefer to stay silent than risk his good reputation to endorse even the lesser of two evils or "the devil you know".

    -- Posted by quantumcat on Mon, Jun 2, 2008, at 9:58 AM
  • Well, I should admit that the funny part about Cosby making calls for Mayor Street was coming home from work and thinking that someone had called, only to press play and hear "this is Bill Cosby..." It was really odd.

    -- Posted by cfrich on Mon, Jun 2, 2008, at 10:42 AM
  • Some people would pay for a message from BC on their recorder. Just recently Tom Hanks auctioned off him recording a message on someone's phone machine.

    I know it is not the same, but....

    -- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Jun 2, 2008, at 12:49 PM
  • Who knows?

    Maybe this was made up on someone's computer and we'll hear about Cosby pressing charges for misuse of his voice.

    (He may have recorded a message for literacy or some other good cause and had his words "sampled" in another,unauthorized context.)

    -- Posted by quantumcat on Mon, Jun 2, 2008, at 7:43 PM
  • He wasn't the only celebrity doing it, I can't remember who else, but there were a few more. I think, if I remember correctly, that Cosby and Street knew each other fairly well and that Cosby was a long-time Street supporter - but I could be wrong on that part.

    -- Posted by cfrich on Mon, Jun 2, 2008, at 9:39 PM
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