Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Dr. Phil: Greatest American Ever?

AOL & The Discovery Channel are producing a TV show entitled Greatest American. As with so much domestic television, the show is a knock-off of a BBC program, Great Britons.

The above photo includes the 100 nominees for this title, and the usual suspects are all present: Washington, Jefferson, Franklin, Thomas Edison, Abraham Lincoln.

Amazingly, AOL/Discovery Channel decided to surround the obvious short list with an otherwise forgettable set of names:

  • Tom Cruise

  • Ellen DeGeneres

  • Dr. Phil McGraw

  • Oprah Winfrey

  • Laura Bush

  • Barbara Bush

  • Rush Limbaugh

  • Michael Moore

  • Bret Favre

  • Billy Graham

  • Mel Gibson

  • Michael Jackson

  • Martha Stewart

  • Arnold Schwarzenegger

  • Condeleezza Rice

  • Donald Trump

  • Barack Obama

  • Tom Hanks
At what point did US patriotism completely lose historical perspective? Lance Armstrong is great, but I wouldn't include him over Louis Armstrong.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I am the greatest American.

Alden Clarke