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Jewish World Review Feb. 4, 2000 /29 Shevat, 5760

Julia Gorin

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Bubba's big break

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I WROTE A JOKE over a year ago in which Bill Clinton appealed to Steven Spielberg for a possible job with Dreamworks for when his presidency expired. A few months later the papers were reporting rumors to this effectóand, it seemed, it was no joke.

Neither is his upcoming stint this weekend as Roger Ebertís co-host on "Roger Ebert and the Movies." "People Online" this week quoted Ebert as saying, "My impression is that hereís a guy who, if he didnít have the White House screening room, would be at a multiplex."

This weekend, then, could serve as the presidentís audition for his friend and future bossóto demonstrate his cinema savvy. The man is thinking ahead. While other ex-presidents kick back and act dignified, this guy is looking for the next gig.

For Ronald Reagan, show business turned out to be a vehicle that helped him win the presidency. For Bill Clinton, the presidency will have been a stepping stone into show business. Heís certainly made a lot of connectionsósome more intimately than others (e.g. Markie Post, Barbra Streisand, etc.--someone should have told him that if youíre already president, you donít have to sleep your way into the industry.)

Now I have no doubts that the president must have been kicking himself every year when Cannes and Sundance rolled around and he couldnít go. I can just picture him pouting and complaining, "Gosh darnit! All my friends are at Cannes, and I have to spend the weekend with Boris again."

So it turns out that his early saxophone-playing stint on "David Letterman" was prophetic. Itís a wonder he didnít go to Yugoslavia to entertain the troops personally.

What will his first Dreamworks project be, I wonder. A feature about how a group of evil Republicans conspired to topple an innocent but fun-loving leader? Or maybe a documentary on the overall Clinton presidency? (Never mind: that would be risking an NC-17 rating.)

Perhaps he might even take an acting turn and star in one of his own productions. In his State of the Union Address last week, those in my company hailed him as an excellent actor. (Personally, I thought he was a bit over the top.) But why not? He never really struck me as a president; he seemed more like someone doing a poor impression of one.

I could even imagine him, in a return favor to John Travolta, one day producing and starring in a TV movie of the latterís life story. When the movie gets to the part where "Primary Colors" is made, Clinton can play Travolta playing Clinton.

I just hope he doesnít start looking for something new again after Dreamworks. Because if the politician/musician/producer/thespian should one day also turn comedian--and show up at Carolineís on a night when Iím booked--Iím not getting bumped!

JWR contributor Julia Gorin is a journalist and stand-up comic residing in Manhattan. Send your comments to her by clicking here.


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