In a single week, America dusts up its own Royalty with the Clinton-grandchild & Clooney-wedding – Tola Adenle

September 30, 2014


“The Americans fought a war to be rid of the English Crown, their overlords but you would hardly realize it these days not only from the royal wedding-mania that has gripped the former colony but in the many ways that Americans continue to cede supremacy to their former overlords across the big pond.” [Bottom of essay]

In a single week, the birth of Baby Charlotte Clinton Mezvinsky, a.k.a. Bill & Hillary Clinton’s first grandchild and the wedding of George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin put America’s royalty of dynastic politicians and royalty Hollywood where it belongs: the front page of news everywhere.


Hillary Clinton posted this photo to Twitter on Sept. 27, 2014, with the caption, “@Bill Clinton and I are over the moon to be grandparents! One of the happiest moments of our life.”
Jon Davidson, Office of President Clinton

The Bushes may have put two men in the White House – as in put men on the moon – but the Kennedys’ single president and a Senator that will always be one of America’s greatest statesmen are perhaps America’s closest to royalty; the Clintons are now not far behind. And if the millions who are now “Ready for Hillary” get their wish and Hillary Clinton becomes America’s first female president, The Clintons would score many firsts. They will become the first couple to win electoral victories as presidents in good ol’ USA and perhaps anywhere if we discount females who rose through successions after their husbands. America would get her First Gentleman. They would, most likely, upstage The Kennedys as America’s First Royalty even as the love for the Kennedys would ever remain and some people’s bashing of Bill will never go away.

George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin
George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin leave Venice city hall after their civil wedding. Photograph: Luigi Costantini/AP

Hollywood has also always provided stars that Americans adore and hold high in the stratosphere. George Clooney’s ditching bachelorhood for the reportedly talented attorney, Amal Alamuddin could not have come at a better time. Their nuptials in romantic Venice, Italy showing pictures of hordes cheering as they were whisked on the Canal to the part 2 of their wedding for the civil ceremony was like a scene out of a Hollywood movie of an era long gone when movie stars were like prince and princesses whose subjects adored.

Grace Kelly, a real Yankee, would become a real princess when she captured the heart of Prince Rainier of Monaco, a union that brought great attention – and money – flowing into the tiny Principality to this day.

Most British not unexpectedly loves and cherishes her royalty not only because most humans tend to be swayed by pomp and pageantry which the little island has down to an Art but there is also the huge economic gains the country receives in return for the upkeep of the Royals.

While the different skirmishes of the 18th Century in American History may point to a people who disliked royalty, present-day Americans seem to love the British Royals as much as – if not often more than – the Brits. It gets to the point that many commentaries after royalty stories – they are always in the news – show a feeling of being overloaded with stories of “people who have done nothing to arrive at their situation” as a blogger inelegantly put it after the recent here-we-go-again announcement of Katharine Middleton’s pregnancy.

Hei, guys, you’ve got your own royalties; pardon me, Royalty: people who ascend to the highest office in the land after always gruelling years-long planning and trudging in snow, making dozens of speeches in a week, kissing thousands of babies, making zillions of promises that cannot often all be fulfilled and, one cold, cold day on a January, having someone hold a Bible and swearing to uphold and protect the U.S.A.

And how about a drop-dead gorgeous man or woman, plotting his way by road or plane out West to anywhere near Hollywood, getting spotted as a waiter – oh, forget that old line – but definitely having Mother Luck smile on him or her, getting a foot in, then two, learning his/her lines and may be lining up behind the right big shots, being chosen to appear in a movie, then two … – then stardom. Now, he/she makes sure an equally drop-dead gorgeous opposite sex is found. No, he/she may ascend Royal Status by being simply great at what he does and the drop dead gorgeous may not be needed although it always helps. Hollywood Royalty is born.

Whichever tough route, bring on the CROWNS, and let the people have what they want. All hail America’s Royalty!

RELATED: The Royal Wedding: America fought a war to be free of a crown – really? – Tola Adenle, April 2011.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2014. 7:30 a.m. [GMT]

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