PatriotPartner and I are watching “Greatest American” live on Discovery Channel. The nominees are Washington, Lincoln, MLK Jr, Reagan and Ben Franklin.
I’ll live-blog the show until the winner is announced.
First observation… I noted that the in-studio audience booed Ronald Reagan, yet the Reagan contingent sounded most enthusiastic about their candidate. Matt Lauer actually gave the “booers”… in the Martin Luther King section, by the way… a verbal smackdown.
9:15 PM — They just announced that by only 1/10 of a vote…. Ben Franklin eeked out President George W. Bush for the 5th top spot in the online and phone voting over the past three weeks. JFK and Clinton… wound up below President GW Bush. Heh.
9:20PM — Every US President since 1933 was named by America to the Top 100…except Gerald Ford. That’s a shame. History will judge him much higher I believe.
9:23PM — LOL…. the celebrity judges during the debate between the Final Five were Dennis Miller, Ann Coulter, and American Idol’s Randy Jackson.
9:28PM — I’m actually disappointed that Thomas Jefferson was left out of the Top 5. I voted for Reagan, but think that Jefferson should have been there!
Oh good God…. Al Franken thought Paul Wellstone should have been on the Top 100. You have got to be kidding.
9:31PM — Matt Lauer and the pop culture talking heads are now moaning about the lack of American writers. I would have to agree that our culture these days is too fast paced and I’m upset that I don’t have more time to read. And, John Steinbeck definitely should have been in the Top 100. But enough of the liberal whining about Thoreau….. ugh.
9:39PM — Matt has just announced the Fifth Greatest American based on the online voting and call-in voting….. it is Benjamin Franklin.
9:40PM — Fourth Greatest American…..George Washington. That’s ridiculous. He should have been way higher than 4th Place!!!
PatriotPartner and I think this is boiling down to the liberals voting for King and conservatives voting for Reagan. We shall see…. commercial break now.
9:45PM — Third Greatest American as announced on Discovery Channel…. Martin Luther King. Which means the Top 2 are both Republicans! (Lincoln and Reagan!!!)
9:47PM — NBC’s phony “Reagan”…. Ron… is now blathering on. They should have had on Michael Reagan who understood and loved his father when he was still alive.
9:49PM — PatriotPartner notes that the Top 3 Greatest Americans (Lincoln, Reagan and King) all had things in common that America loves… freedom and liberty. That explains why George W. Bush was Number 6….and Clinton was lower on the list.
9:54PM — Top 10: FDR, Oprah, Elvis, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Ben Franklin, George Washington, MLK Jr….(Lincoln & Reagan)
9:55PM — RONALD REAGAN IS NUMBER ONE!!!! Thanks for your votes!!!! I am sure Nancy will be pleased and humbled by the love this nation still has for one of its finest leaders.