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Jason Bateman vs. Earnestness

I remember a lot of gaping, earnest love for George W. Bush among his supporters during the early years of his presidency. I remember an admiration for the man and his manners that fueled a kind of blind hope in America’s future. I remember being frightened and a little confused by all that Bush piety. 
What I don’t remember is someone who played the role in that political culture that Jason Bateman plays in this video. Man, that guy makes me laugh. I get why people are making fun of this video, which was produced by Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore, and which features Kutcher (the guy with this resume) pledging to be dignified. But you gotta hand it to them–Bateman totally goofed with his turn in front of the camera, and they kept him in. I mean, as Rod guffaws, this thing is jaw-droppingly earnest, but at least they allowed themselves to be leavened by Bateman. See his bit at 2:25, and forgive my adolescent sense of humor.

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posted January 27, 2009 at 1:00 pm

I’ve never seen this video before and I find it incredibly inspiring, as well as funny. I had already planned to volunteer in honor of Obama’s request that we all do something for America. I sent this to my grown children and husband. I think Pres. O. brings out the best in everyone, even Hollywood.

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posted January 27, 2009 at 8:03 pm

I don’t understand this article at all. I thought this video was great & I would be even happier if every person on it kept true to their pledges (which most of them won’t). Every celebrity was simply being themselves and saying what they would typically say. Jason Bateman is a funny guy and that’s exactly what he was being–funny.

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posted January 29, 2009 at 8:55 pm

Holy crap that was funny. (…hehe… get it, holy “crap”?)

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