Norman Lear created one of the great characters of American television on “All in the Family”: a blowhard from Queens who was practically unable to open his mouth without insulting women, minorities or some other group besides his own.
So it’s both a perfect tribute and a bittersweet irony that he is finally receiving a Kennedy Center Honor during the administration of President Donald J. Trump. It was a prescient creation and a volatile one. Mr. Lear identified what would be a political theme for decades, the splintering of blue-collar white men from the New Deal coalition.
Now Mr. Trump sits at the Oval Office Resolute Desk like Archie in his favorite chair. But Mr. Lear will not come to his house. He plans to boycott the December reception at the White House, a rare snub.Mr. Lear’s opinion of the president isn’t surprising or new. He told The Daily Beast last year that “Archie Bunker was far wiser of heart” than Mr. Trump. “Sure, the thoughts he held were antediluvian,” Mr. Lear said. “But Donald Trump is a thorough fool.” Traditionally, however, the Kennedy Center Honors have been a political cease-fire. Presidents, Democrat and Republican, have hosted artists at White House receptions before the gala ceremony, where the honorees have sat in the Presidential Box. This is one more way that things are different with Mr. Trump, whose campaign was as much a cultural battle as a political one. -
btw: Here is considered one of the top ten all time moments from All in the Family as an example of how witty Norman Lear and writing staff wrote lines for the tv show. This clip aired in 1976 and takes place during a moment where Archie moments earlier described how horrible life would be if characters Mike and Gloria and grandson Joey Stivic relocated from Queens to Minnesota where Mike could advance his career as a professor at one of the colleges in Minnesota (assuming it was U of M gophers). Archie went on a rant about Minnesota and then shows how great living in New York city is far better than Minnesota and uses his example of "Why America is Great..." to show the definition of what America means according to Archie Bunker's viewpoint.
Worth watching even though in today's times it wouldn't be allowed on over the air TV, but likely on cable instead.
When viewing tv character Archie Bunker's description about the poem that is part of the Liberty statute, this musical piece name from Mark Egan's Mosaic album from mid 1980s comes to mind. As a drummer/percusionist view, it is very well done. Manolo Badrena percussion work with Third World Wave is outstanding which is not surprising since he and fellow latin percussionist Alex Acuna have always done great work over the past 4 decades. I believe this Third World Wave version is an edited version because I vaguely recall Manolo Badrena doing some vocal effects while playing percussion instruments. That is what I recall from the Windham Hill produced Mosaic cd that I had back in mid 1980s. This version on Youtube doesn't have any of Manolo Badrena's vocals. So it probably got scrubbed out if it was remixed.
And if anyone is curious about Mark Egan's bass work, it is also outstanding itself with his double bass work. He makes it look simple with how he plays. The production videopiece is awful, just listen instead of focusing on the cheezzey video production. The video producers should have thought things out to make it more presentable imo.
btw: on tangent topic, check out the predecessor pilot clips where Norman Lear was experimenting with earlier episodes while trying to promote his tv show before it became All in the Family when CBS decided to run it in spring 1971 until it ended in 1979. The opening theme is still the same with some lyric revisions in first unaired pilot. Someone had told me in the past (they saw the clip before me) that the 1968 show version had the most accurate interior room arrangement that fits the type of house (actual 704 Hauser street) that is shown on the opening sequence of All in the Family.