Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Christmas comes early!

I don't want to spoil the surprise for my friends and family but let's just say you might wanna keep the first week of August open on your calendar.

Freedom, bitches!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Dear Hillary,

Don’t take it. Make something up and politely decline the offer to be Secretary of State. Go back to the senate and be the best Senator you can be. It's what's best for all of us.

It’s not that I don’t like you or think you’re a bad person. It’s just that you and I both know you’re never going to be happy serving under anyone not least of which the guy who stole your shot at the presidency. Just so you’re clear, the job involves shutting up and helping Obama fulfill his vision for the country. Not yours, not Bill’s. Not sure that playing a supporting role is in the Clinton genes. You see where this could be a problem?

On top of that, your husband is an ex-president. That comes with all sorts of conflicts and stuff. I feel like you all should have had a discussion back in the day about which one of you was going to be the big-shot politician. ‘Cause you can’t both be. You don’t see Katie lobbying to star in Mission Impossible 4, now do ya? I’m just sayin’.

So, with that said, here are a few excuses that are yours to use when you think the time is right:

• Too many troubles in the world, don’t want any part of it

• I suffer from deep vein thrombosis and can’t really travel that much internationally

• I’m secretly holding out for the Clinton-Palin 2012 ticket

• Might try my hand at woodworking, think it would be satisfying to sit in a chair I made with my own hands

• I’d like to focus on my soon-to-be-introduced line of signature pant suits

• Four words: Dancing with the Stars

• Like much of the south, I openly despise black people yet curiously still call myself a Christian. Weird, I know. The two would seem to be at odds with each other but the way we see it if everyone at our church feels the same way then are we really wrong? Besides, black people were made by the other god. It’s in the Bible, look it up. (whoops, looks like someone got a little carried away there)

• Not sure we need a Secretary of State since the Bush administration left us in such good standing and so beloved the world over

• I’m kind of still smarting from not being president

Monday, November 17, 2008


This is a little video I made from our trip to Barcelona back in September. It has its moments.

Barcelona 2008 from Howard Hill on Vimeo.

Friday, November 14, 2008


This is a little something from the "How Obama won" article in the new Rolling Stone that I thought summed up my feelings of the past few years quite nicely:

"This was a watershed election not just for our politics but for our culture. This election changed people's concept of what country they're living in. After the last election, there were a huge number of people who became alienated from their own country — it represented things that they couldn't identify with. The fact that an African-American could be elected made them feel, "I've got my country back — this is a place that I want to live again." It's created a fresh sense of hope. When Lincoln emancipated the slaves, he said that this was not only about changing the lives of black Americans, it was about changing the lives of white Americans too. This election is about that as well. It really has changed our culture forever."

- David Gergen, director of the Center for Public Leadership at the Kennedy School at Harvard, who formerly served in the White House as a senior adviser to presidents Nixon, Ford, Reagan and Clinton.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Movie time

Was able to catch the new Fox Searchlight movie "Slumdog Millionaire" on the Fox lot this past Saturday courtesy of Whitney and, sweet Pete, it's a winner. An incredible story and even more incredible direction and sets. Shooting in the shanties of Mumbai and Bombay can't be easy. A remarkable movie. You should see it.

Then last night I just happened to catch "Boogieman: The Lee Atwater Story," on Frontline. I've only known a little bit about him as Karl Rove is really my generation's divisive GOP'er. But if you're wondering where Rove learned his tricks, it's from Lee. He's kind of the classic South Carolina boy who went to Washington hell-bent on winning at any cost. Any. Cost.

The campaign he ran for H.W. Bush against Dukakis in 1988 is eerily similar to the one we just saw McCain run—chock-full of fear, racism, flat-out lies, the party's priorites placed well ahead of the country's, etc. To me, it was not only the birth of the modern Republican party but also the beginning of the end. And had he not died of a massive brain tumor in 1991, Clinton would have never come close to the White House. A fascinating story. Check you local PBS listings or catch it somehow.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Golden State

A little Sunday walk in the woods a mere hour north of the house.

The Channel Islands are out there somewhere.

Monday, November 10, 2008

I'm sorry sir, first is full

(a real picture from Obama's trip to DC today)

Did our next president just fly coach on his way to meet the current president?

"But I'm the next president of the United States. I start in January."

"I'm sure you're very important, sir. But first has checked in full so if you could just take your seat—seat 7C—we'll call you if anything opens up."

At least it's the bulkhead.

Thursday, November 06, 2008

The 21st Century President


A government that's open. What an idea.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

We're in a good place

If both campaigns were, as they should have been, about offering us hope for a better tomorrow then didn't a better tomorrow win no matter what?

We did it. Now lets be better.


Monday, November 03, 2008

A vote for Obama

I am not an exceptional person.

I may be smart and talented but I am not what you’d call exceptional. Like all of us, I often wish I’d tried harder in school or that I’d gone to a better college or that I’d aced the SAT’s or that I was smarter or that I could run fast and catch footballs for a living. But, alas, I am by most standards an average American, with an average job and an average life.

Or perhaps a fake American, given that I do live in sinful Los Angeles.

But that does not mean I’m not important to America. Nor does it mean I don’t care deeply about this country or that I don’t believe stubbornly and whole-heartedly in its promise.

I do.

So just once—well, hopefully twice— I want to cast a vote for someone who is the very definition of exceptional.

I want to cast my vote for someone who loves this country as much as I do.

I want to cast it for someone who also understands this country’s promise and the importance of that promise in the world we live in.

I’d like to vote for someone who is the embodiment of the best in us, not the worst.

I’d like to vote for someone who can move this country forward, not tear it apart.

I’d like to vote for someone who isn’t burdened with Vietnam or daddy issues or a feeling of needing to prove something.

But more than anything, I’d like to vote for someone who is interested in making the lives of all Americans better, not just the Americans who voted for him. Seems to me that’s what the job of President is about.

Should we somehow fail tomorrow, all I’ll say is this: is it such a bad thing to have voted for someone who represents a better future for all of us rather than someone who simply represents some return to some mythical time when things were better?

The world is watching. Our country is watching. We’re all watching.

My dream is to go to sleep tomorrow night a better country than we are tonight. My dream is to be a part of the generation that finally turns the corner. My dream is that all the work that people like Charles Alexander and thousand of others have done will not have been in vain.

That should be your dream, too.

Let's make it come true tomorrow. For all of us.