Saturday, September 24, 2011

Saturday afternoon tunes: I will feel a glow just thinking of you

Tony Bennett, senior partner in the syndicate that owns the Great American Songbook, got in hot water recently for committing a gaffe -- i.e., for getting caught saying something that's true: US foreign policy was a factor that helped bring about the 9/11 attacks.

It's a measure of how completely broken our public discourse is that anyone would even need to say something so obviously, innocuously, even tritely true , let alone have to apologize for it later. (And -- apologize to Howard Stern? Please. Stern's a First Amendment hero precisely because his shtick is so puerile.) Do Americans think bin Laden and al Qaeda attacked us because they liked our foreign policy and wanted to make sure we did more of the same? Idiotic.

To hell with the thin-skinned "they always blame America first" faux-patriotic whiners. Here's Tony singing a Jerome Kern/Dorothy Fields classic that Fred Astaire originally sang to Ginger Rogers in 1936:

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