I am embarrassed to admit that I watched the first episode of Celebrity Apprentice last Saturday night. (Seriously, we wanted to watch a movie but couldn’t find one worth a darn on the 500 cable channels we have). Yes, I got the reality bug during the first season of Apprentice; but quickly lost it when I felt I was reading a sequel of Daniel Steele novels.
I’ll also say that despite famous actors, models and athletes standing in for annoying characters like Amarosa, the whole celebrity shtick doesn’t really add all that much dimension to the overdone and overrun Apprentice premise.
I will, however, complement the Donald on his continued optimism in pursuing this engagement (of course, if I got paid as much as he did to host a TV show, I could exhibit enthusiasm, too). Something I admire about his performance on the show, at least in the edited cuts, is the amazing constraint he exhibits when someone says something completely out of line or downright stupid. For example, as much as I liked Hershel Walker in his efforts to save his spot in the apprentice line-up after his loss as project manager, he simply couldn’t stop making references to football and ballgames and being part of a team. If I had been the Donald, I might have started laughing hysterically.
Likewise, comedian Andrew Dice Clay was so incredulous in his “I’m too good to do the work” attitude, but Donald maintained his calm and complimented him - even after the “you ain’t got no bagels in our suite” remark and a rude interruption of daughter Ivanka. I won’t even bother with is graceful handling of Dennis Rodman.
Have you ever noticed, though, how “terrific” everything is for Donald, whether he is on the show or interviewed by press in regards to his business dealings? Even this week, as news leaked out about his poor performing real estate portfolio in various locales across America, and specifically a new tower in Vegas, he still maintains an optimistic front and very convincing argument that his properties are actually doing quite well. And if investors lose money in one his many Trump Towers, it’s nowhere near as much as they’d be losing with a competitive property. (Of course).
In times like these, his cocky optimism is actually refreshing. And not that I am a Donald Trump junkie, but it’s nice to hear that life is terrific when stock prices are falling. It’s nice to see the “Good Things in a Bad Economy” segment on the NBC Nightly News. And it’s really nice to hear that Citigroup posted a profit in January and February. Apparently, the market felt this way, too.
With a little injection of optimism, things just might start improving a bit. And if you disagree with me? Well, you’re fired!