The National Council On The Arts Gets Jingoistic With It

Nov 11th, 2008 // 9 Comments

The National Council On The Arts was created in 1964, and it’s had members like Leonard Bernstein, Duke Ellington, Helen Hayes, Harper Lee, Gregory Peck, Sidney Poitier, Richard Rodgers, John Steinbeck, and Isaac Stern. The NCA advises the chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, and is appointed with deciding how grant money should be doled out. George W. Bush’s most recent appointment to the board is his attempt at a parting shot toward those highbrow elitists who think that “talent” is a more important quality in artists than “patriotism”: Lee Greenwood, who’s best (well, exclusively) known for his hit “God Bless The U.S.A.,” will start his four-year term with the council on Nov. 17. According to the council’s Web site, “The Presidential appointments, by law, are selected for their widely recognized knowledge of the arts or their expertise or profound interest in the arts. They have records of distinguished service or achieved eminence in the arts and are appointed so as to represent equitably all geographical areas of the country.” And here I thought Greenwood’s top qualification was “He’s generally available to mug his way through Republican events on short notice.” [LA Times]

  1. Marth

    Well, it’s probably a better choice than Vincent Gallo.

  2. Michaelangelo Matos

    haha “probably”

  3. Maura Johnston

    ugh does this mean that kristy lee cook is going to get some government cash now?

  4. dippinkind

    i guess it has to be someone who doesn’t have so much of an active career to worry about anymore, but Lee Greenwood? as far as i know Tom T. Hall’s still alive if you wanted to pick a country musician for such a post (or, if the president just wanted to be kind of a dick with his selection, so’s David Allen Coe)

  5. iantenna

    @dippinkind: yes but tom t. hall has songs about (and against) the death penalty and blanket incriminations against groups of people which are both things our current president (holy shit he’s still in office, who knew?) is really into.

  6. baconfat

    so many things wrong with that picture.

  7. KinetiQ

    My god, that’s a wonderful title.

  8. Anonymous

    Can’t wait for twenty odd years from now when Prez Palin appoints Toby Keith to the Council.

  9. Silverfuture

    @iantenna: Don’t forget, Barry O. supports the death penalty, too.

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