Saturday, April 14, 2007

MKH: "I'm just sayin...."

Mary Katherine Ham, who I obviously cannot get enough of lately, does a serious interview with Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings, then ends with this:

MKH: “Madame Secretary, are you familiar with ‘Battlestar Galactica’?’

Spellings: “A little.”

MKH: “Well, in ‘Battlestar Galactica, the whole government and much of the nation is wiped out in an attack, which means the Secretary of Education must take charge and save humanity from murderous, intelligent, alien robots.”

Spellings: “Yes?”

MKH: “I’m just sayin’, if it came down to it, would you be ready for something like that?”

Spellings: “I am ready and willing to do battle with anyone who would limit opportunities for the schoolchildren of America,” she laughed.
h/t Katie Favazza

Something intriguing about MKH, and which I notice especially in clips of her on cable TV, such as on MSNBC or CNN, for instance, is the momentary stage of maturity she inhabits: she is smart, funny, and acquainted with facts as only bloggers currently are - and as no TV media stars currently are - b/c TV media stars only consume drive-by media, and drive-by media skews and limits the information it puts out. So, she makes very good points on cable TV, as persons possessing superior information will.

Yet, as smart and funny as she is, she is still appealingly awkward at times. She has not settled into her adultness. She has not settled into her adult hairstyle, clothing style, or knowledgeable self confidence. She is getting there. She may settle in any moment, or any month, or any year. But she is not there yet, and her momentary suspension, in this particular stage of her maturity, is appealing. We've all gone through it. We've all watched, and still watch, friends and loved ones go through it. It is sweet to watch all of them go through it - including MKH.

It will end soon. A month from now, or a year from now, MKH may have fully settled into her adultness. Stages of maturation are fleeting. But she's not there yet, even though she is oh-so-close. Its fun to watch - to savor, even - where she is.

Extra - Flashback:
Mary Katherine Ham, star of her own public service videos.
The final line of the video credits:
"No animals were harmed in the making of this video. Only, like, slightly annoyed."

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