Profile picture
Peter Sagal @petersagal
, 7 tweets, 2 min read Read on Twitter
More about GHWB. I've argued for a while that not only does satire have no effect on the actions of the powerful, it shouldn't. You don't want a President caring about what somebody like me might say about her when making important decisions.
Thanks to a great talk by @jeffreyaengel, I learned about a real life situation which proved my point. To grossly oversimplify, as the Berlin Wall fell, the nations of Europe were on the edge of violent chaos. If anybody overstepped or provoked, war could break out.
So Pres. Bush got on the phone to leaders, East and West, and said: Do nothing. Don't provoke. Don't react. We promise not to interfere. And then got up in front of the press and basically said that. "We're being careful. Gonna monitor. Keep a close watch," etc. In other words:
"Gonna be prudent." The very thing that he had been mocked for a million times. He leaned into his own comic stereotype. It'd would be like Gerald Ford intentionally tripping over something, or Clinton dropping his pants.
If he had felt the need to prove the satirists wrong, if he was afraid of the SNL sketch to come, he might have acted more rashly, and unwisely, and who knows what might have happened. Instead, he did what he felt wise and was proved right.
Not only that, of course, but he embraced the man who did the most to mock him.…
Thus, one sign of a mature, wise, trustworthy leader is to simply not to care about what satirists might say about her.

This is a subtweet.
Missing some Tweet in this thread?
You can try to force a refresh.

Like this thread? Get email updates or save it to PDF!

Subscribe to Peter Sagal
Profile picture

Get real-time email alerts when new unrolls are available from this author!

This content may be removed anytime!

Twitter may remove this content at anytime, convert it as a PDF, save and print for later use!

Try unrolling a thread yourself!

how to unroll video

1) Follow Thread Reader App on Twitter so you can easily mention us!

2) Go to a Twitter thread (series of Tweets by the same owner) and mention us with a keyword "unroll" @threadreaderapp unroll

You can practice here first or read more on our help page!

Did Thread Reader help you today?

Support us! We are indie developers!

This site is made by just three indie developers on a laptop doing marketing, support and development! Read more about the story.

Become a Premium Member and get exclusive features!

Premium member ($30.00/year)

Too expensive? Make a small donation by buying us coffee ($5) or help with server cost ($10)

Donate via Paypal Become our Patreon

Thank you for your support!