This is my entry in Silent-ology's 4th annual Buster Keaton Blogathon. For more things Keaton, click here and, come on, smile!
Buster Keaton had a dream.....
Buster usually stood by - silently - and watched the world go by. But what if he - Joseph Frank Keaton - were President of the United States? As he tossed and turned, somehow it all became clear...
His party: Forget the big 2. Buster represented the Porkpie Party.
The Porkpie Party Platform: See More Movies! Buster felt certain that movies would cure anything that ailed anyone.
The Porkpie Party Cabinet:
Buster will stick pretty close to the traditional titles, but adds a special one for his Porkpie constituency.
1. Vice President: Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle
Roscoe has always supported Buster in more ways than one.
2. Secretary of State: Mary Pickford
Beloved worldwide, if anyone can make everyone behave, it's Mary.
3. Secretary of the Treasury: Douglas Fairbanks
Buster saw "Robin Hood" and concurs with its fiscal policy.
4. Secretary of Education: Laurel and Hardy
Getting 2-for-1, Stan and Ollie will elevate the higher learning standards of our nation.
5. Secretary of Commerce: Clara Bow
Clara knows what sells and she sure can rake in the big bucks.
6. Secretary of Transportation: Mabel Normand
Mabel knows show to get around in style.
7. Secretary of Energy: Ben Turbin
Ben has lots of real (and manufactured) energy.
8. Secretary of Veterans Affairs: Theda Bara
Buster figures if any vet wants to have an affair, Theda is the woman for the job.
9. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development: Harold Lloyd
Harold has his finger on the pulse of the city.
10. Secretary of Defense: Harry Houdini
Buster knows Harry from way back and figures his talents might just come in handy.
And a new position: Secretary of the Cinema: Charlie Chaplin
Secretary Chaplin will travel the world promoting film as the universal language.
In his slumber, Buster's brow began to furrow. With all of this talent in government, who will make the movies? Suddenly, what started out as a dream ended in a nightmare.
Buster woke in a cold sweat and decided right then and there that if drafted he would not run and if elected he would not serve. He'd rather make movies. Now that's something even Buster could smile about!
Remember, there is more Buster at Silent-ology's Buster Keaton Blogathon!
This post is a re-working of a little fantasy I had quite a few years ago. But, hey, if you can't steal from yourself, who can you steal from?