The Paris Hilton presidency
Let's review here.
Children of privilege, used to having things handed to them without any effort on their part;
Being "young and irresponsible" with their own peculiar view of the importance of the legal system;
Dealing with a less-than-inquisitive media that indulges their foibles.
The only major difference is Paris turned to her mom in desperation as she was being led back to the slammer. W. turned on his old man when he tried, through some long-time friends, to bail him out of a jam he created when he dissed the old man in the first place.
Oh, and Paris doesn't have a close associate who shoots friends in the face (at least that we know of).
It's obvious a lot of the national obsession and her pals Britney, Lindsay and the late Anna Nicole is overload from the arrogant failings of the Bush administration. Many Americans would rather escape into the fantasy world of over-exposed celebrities than deal with the reality of Iraq.
The national media has been a willing accomplice in that escapism, knowing bimbos sell more magazine covers than bozos.
But is it any wonder that the world now views the United States with contempt, a nation so out of touch with reality that the temper tantrum of a hotel heiress without no discernible skills makes it on the front page of the newspaper that proclaims it carries "All the News that's Fit to Print."
Meanwhile, Bush plows on, savaging his foes with slurs rather than tears, offering platitudes about Iraq and global warming designed not to solve the problems but to pass the problems on to his successor and generally besmirching the image of the United States,
Nero fiddled while Rome burned. Americans prefer to turn to People.