Just a couple of very, very quick things to talk about. First off, Mark Hamill is at it again. Yes, that Mark Hamill, the noted star of screen and voiceovers, most notably The Joker of Batman fame. As mentioned in this post from last week, Hamill interpreted recent tweets by He Who Must Not Be Named Even Though He Will Be Our Next Leader in The Joker’s truly spine-tingling voice. I am unable to embed the sound file here, but you can hear and learn more, at this AV Club report, about Hamill’s recent interpretation of “The Joker as He Who… You Know’s” recent tweet about Meryl Streep’s speech at the Golden Globe Awards (you know, the one where he calls legendary ol’ Meryl “overrated” and all that). And, boy, is it spine tingling. Seriously, Hamill does great work as a voiceover artist.
And then there is the respected “bromance” we’re about to lose with the transition of leadership in our fair land. I don’t care what anyone on any side of the political spectrum thinks, but Barack Obama, as President, and Joe Biden, as Vice President, made for a very good team. Seriously, they appeared to go very well together while serving in the two most important jobs in our country, if not our planet. They’ll go down in history as one of the all-time great duos, right alongside The Lone Ranger and Tonto. Oh, sincere apologies if you interpret that as culturally inappropriate for modern times. How about… Ross and Rachel? No, wait, not them. I got it! How about… Rowan and Martin? Yeah, that seems like a nicer comparison: One can offer a straight delivery; the other comes in with a witty punchline; put them together and you have pure gold.
That’s not to dismiss Obama/Biden as a comedy duo (as Dan and Dick were), but as I noted above, Barack and Joe made for a great pair. And last week, Barack made sure Joe got the recognition as he gave the vice-president with the highest honor the president can give a civilian — the Presidential Medal of Freedom (with Distinction). The ceremony, as posted by PBS, is embedded below. And while it may run 39 minutes, it’s well worth the watch. Congrats, Mr. Vice President, on your well deserved honor and your decades of unselfish service.