American Idol Worship

In the new breed of feel-good, post--Simon Cowell talent shows, every contestant is above average

Those whom the U.S. would bomb, it also calls talented. "You are a good and gifted people," President Bush assured Iraqi TV viewers after the fall of Baghdad, an echo of many previous references to Iraqis' "talents." Some call this language condescending; others, a mark of real admiration.

But maybe the President just watches more reality TV than he lets on. If he did, he would see his own people trying mightily to prove that they are talented and gifted--and that when it comes to doing yo-yo tricks to Walk Like an Egyptian, we are indeed the world's sole superpower....

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