Men in Cars (Barack Obama & Jerry Seinfeld)

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You can see them here kibbitzing, President Barack Obama and comedian Jerry Seinfeld are two incredibly powerful men, one more so than the other, and one very rich, driving around in a very cool car, a 1963 Corvette. They then sit down together to talk in what looks like the White House canteen. Both men demonstrate a liquid intelligence, a complete and fluid facility with language and physical gesture, exposing different kinds of excellence as they talk about people and power and craft in this neat little portrait of powerful men in sharp suits and pressed shirts. Elegant human beings, they are not like the rest of us. Even Obama’s wristwatch is cool.

In the concluding scene of the main body of the segment, the two men pretend to try to drive out and leave the White House grounds, but to no avail, not on their own, the Secret Service won’t let them. Behind the wheel of this very cool car, the very cool President Obama pretends to be disappointed. In a remark that rings true, Seinfeld shrugs, “You just didn’t sell it.” After the episode’s closing credit, they’re running film as the President waits for the comedian to show up. The White House Staff knows in advance that Seinfeld is going to sneak up and tap at the window of the Oval Office while the President pretends to be working. Don’t shoot Jerry Seinfeld, Obama jokes with the security detail.

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Zachary Braiterman is Professor of Religion in the Department of Religion at Syracuse University. His specialization is modern Jewish thought and philosophical aesthetics.
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2 Responses to Men in Cars (Barack Obama & Jerry Seinfeld)

  1. dmf says:

    that was sweet tho the embedded ad bit is a bit disturbing

  2. Thomas says:

    Liked the episode, too.
    But what brand is that wristwatch, actually?

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