“Obama Says Harold Ramis Comedies Taught Him to Question Authority,” Robert Wilde writes at Big Hollywood:
President Obama paid tribute to Ramis’ movies, saying that he and Michelle were “saddened” about his passing and said that when they watched his movies they “didn’t just laugh until it hurt. We questioned authority. We identified with the outsider. We rooted for the underdog*. And through it all, we never lost our faith in happy endings. Our thoughts and prayers are with Harold’s wife, Erica, his children and grandchildren, and all those who loved him, who quote his work with abandon, and who hope that he received total consciousness.”
Talk about missing the message entirely. While the Ghostbusters were ultimately able to overcome the EPA, as personified by William Atherton’s Walter Peck character, as slimy as any of the ectoplasms they battled, and save Manhattan, I’m sure Obama’s EPA-on-steroids would have squashed their business as easily as any coal plant. Better the city destroyed, than the government actually losing a battle:
Update: At the Weekly Standard, Daniel Halper links to the above quote from Mr. Obama under the headline, “President Praises Filmmaker: ‘We Questioned Authority’” — and yet miraculously, the filmmaker wasn’t arrested for doing so.
* And then had him for dinner.