Tenth Dems Enjoys Political Satire by the Capitol Steps

By Mark Levy

Some fifty to seventy Tenth Dems joined a sell-out crowd to enjoy a Sunday afternoon presentation by The Capitol Steps at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts on January 25.

The Capitol Steps, well known for more than 30 years for delivering performances of incisive political satire, search out all corners of the national political spectrum and leave no point of view unscathed. This latest presentation did not disappoint.

Capitol-Steps-2015_-300x300The many short clips that made up this performance demonstrated that each viewpoint provides several examples worthy of satire.

One of my favorite sketches was excerpted from the famous Simon and Garfunkel song “The Boxer.” It portrays Dick Cheney preparing to testify before a congressional committee to explain why the Bush administration believed Iraq was harboring weapons of mass destruction. So sang Simon and Garfunkel: “Lie lie lie, lie lie lie, lie lie lie lie lie lie lie lie lie lie lie lie.”

Another clip portrayed President Obama meeting Russian President Vladimir Putin, as Obama took out his pocket phone to snap a “selfie” of the two world leaders together.

On national security topics, The Steps suggested the federal government should no longer need NSA for listening surveillance when it could simply scan with President Obama’s oversized ears.

The program materials note that the show constantly changes based on the scandal of the day. For those of us who engage in political activities with serious intent, it’s good to pause and poke a little fun at ourselves once in a while.

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