My Weekend Monologue

Feb 24 2013

It’s Oscar weekend and the film world prepares to honor the best of Hollywood. Last year, just weeks after the amazing Meryl Streep appeared on this very show, she was named Best Actress for her spot-on performance as Lady Margaret Thatcher in “Iron Lady.” I’m pretty sure that her being on Huckabee was what put her over the top. Can’t prove it, but I think the connection is pretty obvious. If Bradley Cooper wins this year for Silver Linings Playbook, then it will clearly be his appearance on this show that gave him the stature he needed to be treated with the respect he deserves as a great actor and a truly gracious person. Bradley, in your acceptance speech, you don’t have to mention anything about our interview and its role in getting you the Oscar. I’m just glad to be of help. I just wish I had been able to get Hugh Jackman or Anne Hathaway on the show last month because that would have nailed Oscars for their performances in Les Miserables. Actually, I still hope Les Miserables wins best picture because the success of the film at the box office is already a big win for American film audiences. I saw the Broadway play a few years ago, and then saw the screen version just a couple of months ago. It was what movies are made for. And I sat stunned when at the end of the showing, the Friday night audience in NY of all places applauded. Applauded a movie! Even in cynical and not so religious NY, the audience was so moved by this powerful story of redemption that their spontaneous reaction was to wildly applaud. It’s the familiar story about of a man who paid far more than reasonable to cover his crimes only to find out that some people aren’t as forgiving as God. I’ll not ruin the film by telling you all the scenes, but this was a story about faith, about forgiveness, about unselfish behavior and about grace and redemption. Hardly the heart and soul of most Hollywood films! But a packed theater needed the message of hope far more than 2 hours or more of bombs, bad boys, and bullets flying. I would love to see Les Miserables win best picture because then maybe Hollywood would be reminded that there is a market for wholesome, thought provoking, and family friendly movies. 32 years ago, America was just getting used to its new President, Ronald Reagan. He came into office amidst a raging economic downturn, a military that was demoralized, and a population of Americans who really were feeling pretty let down. He was a fine orator and communicator, but was dismissed by liberals as just an old mediocre Hollywood actor. Ronald Reagan’s skillful governing, clarity of conviction, and courage to stand on principle paved the way for the end of the Soviet Union and communism in Eastern Europe. He helped get the economy back on its feet. Yes, he was an actor who left that job to become a politician and ultimately President. From politics to acting….now, 32 years later, we have a person in the office who once was a politician, but now is an actor, pretending to be President and acting alarmed over the very sequestration bill that he proposed just 2 years ago. I liked it better when Hollywood actors became great leaders than when Chicago politicians became great actors.

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  • Marilyn bUchanan

    03/02/2013 11:59 AM

    Thanks Mike. You always make sense to me and there are so few in today's media. I thank youbforyou program and wish you wre president. I tried to get you there. Do you have an app for iPads? I couldn't find one at the app store? marilyn

  • John Bowen

    02/26/2013 03:09 AM

    The best movie of all is the one we are all staring in right now It is called There is Evil in the World,But God Ulitimately Wins it has a very happy ending !

  • Rana Boeckman

    02/25/2013 05:58 PM

    I was watching your show and the little girl with spina bifida struck home. My son was born with spina bifida. He is now a 40 year old adult, but must wear adult diapers and walks with crutches. I cannot begin to tell you the stories of going through TSA. He has to remove his shoes, be patted down and explain what he is wearing, and try to walk (stumble)without his crutches and only a cane! It is demoralizing, embarrassing, awkward, and time consuming. They now let the elderly avoid some of this; frequent flyers can be excused from some of this; it is time to be nice to our disabled citizens!

  • Laura G. Vaden

    02/25/2013 04:35 PM

    Hello, Mike.
    I just finished reading the book you wrote to your grandchildren. Just wanted you to know that I loved it and I am going back to Lifeway and buy several more copies to give to my church library and to friends. GOD has blessed us with you, a wonderful family man who loves GOD, his family, and his country. GOD bless you, Mike.

    Laura Vaden

  • andrea weslien

    02/25/2013 03:59 PM

    Even before Michelle Obama appeared on-screen at the Oscars, I knew THE FIX was in! Zero Dark 30 would not win. Last thing wanted was mention of Doctor Shakeel Alfredi!It won a shared sound editing Oscar. Now, the campaign to "Free the Doctor" begins. Hope
    this doctor who made the 100% ID of Bin Laden for the CIA is freed!


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