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Saturday, March 14, 2009

Roland Burris marches then and now

Remember Roland Burris's unintended role in the 1993 Harrison Ford movie, The Fugitive? We were watching the movie and marveling at all the Chicago landmarks we recognized when suddenly, square in the middle of the screen was Roland Burris marching in the Chicago St. Patrick's Day parade. (See one minute mark in this short clip.) And we clapped and cheered that someone we sorta knew -- a seemingly straight-laced Illinois politician -- got a cameo appearance in a big budget Hollywood movie.

Instead of cheering, it was just short of jeering for the junior senator from Illinois in today's St. Pat's parade:

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and U.S. Sen. Roland Burris made customary appearances at the annual Chicago St. Patrick's Day Parade, but drew very different reactions from the green-clad crowd.
Saturday's parade-goers in leprechaun hats, green jackets and clover-spotted socks who clapped and greeted Quinn warmly just pointed at Burris derisively and chuckled. Many reminded the people standing closest to them that Burris was controversially appointed by ousted Gov. Rod Blagojevich. (AP: Burris gets cold reception at St. Pat's parade.)

Roland Burris probably wishes Harrison Ford would have suddenly appeared and started running through the parade today to distract the onlookers.

Update: Two takes on one parade.

Posted by Marie at March 14, 2009 5:24 PM


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