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Tabloid Media Celebrates Life of Robert McNamara

Tabloid Media Celebrates Life of Robert McNamara

Mourners gather at Dept. of Planning, Programming and Budgeting Systems.


By 6 am Tuesday morning, as news broke of former Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara's death, press releases began to flood the newswires. Quincy Jones read a prepared statement, swarmed by Inside Hollywood and US Magazine, "An innovator, a legend. We will all miss the creative genius of Robert McNamara." Celebrities fought to be interviewed by Mary Hart, with Lionel Richie telling ET, "He brought so much to the field of statistical analysis. He changed the entire military industrial complex forever." Shaquille O'Neal tweeted, "R-Mac gone. Shuda been defensive player of year from '61-67".

"R-Mac gone. Shuda been defensive player of year from '61-67".

Around the world, spontaneous celebrations of McNamara's life sprang forth. In Washington, the Department of Planning, Programming and Budgeting Systems was inundated by rabid fans, seeking any memorabilia from old punch cards to calculators to ballpoint pens. In Jerusalem, crowds gathered outside the "Misrad Statistica" (Statistics Bureau) to lay wreaths, many wearing McNamara's trademark beige fedora, trench coat and wire-rimmed glasses. From Sao Paulo to Singapore, TV networks replayed hours of his greatest congressional testimonies.

Immediately, speculation began to surround the McNamara family. Would his second wife Diana gain custody over his children Robert, Margaret and Kathleen, 66, 63 and 61 respectively? Who would gain control of his collection of Beatles albums? Interviewed on Larry King, former Israeli Minister of Defense Yitzak Mordechai stated, "Let's remember the man who fought communism and forget his salacious personal life." But America will be hard pressed to forget a controversial icon who shaped so much of today's culture.


July 12, 2009

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(2) Howard Miller, July 13, 2009 8:24 PM


Predicated more on its placement than its content, I guess this is supposed to be funny. Unfortunately, it's only a guess. I don't find death, itself, particularly amusing, and if this is intended to have a coherent direction, it's lost amidst the rather pointless quips.

(1) Aharón Doewidh, July 13, 2009 3:43 PM


Semi-amusing, but Vietnamese people might well compare this to using Himmler or Goebbels as characters in a comedic parody. Don't get me wrong, I often indulge in black humor-but since 50K Americans died fighting in Vietnam, even more veterans committed suicide after their service and MILLIONS of Vietnamese died. I just think it is as they say "too soon". I do however realize that the butt of the joke was the media, and the ridiculous hoopla around MJ. G_d bless Mr. Savage for trying to make us laugh, but I think he should examine his ethnocentric worldview, Peace and a Nice Summer to all!

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