the greatest depression

Betsy Perry, Voice of a Generation

Barack Obama has had it up to here with his own weird names!

John Steinbeck’s Grapes of Wrath characterized the bitter, restless mood of poor sharecroppers during the Great Depression. Now, a voice for the Greatest Depression has emerged: Betsy Perry, Bloomberg’s Commissioner for Women’s Issues and Main Street’s former “Spy on the Upper East Side,” has a column on the Huffington Post today in which she sums up the mood of restless excitement among non-poor Manhattanites as the country goes to to hell and drags the rest of the world down with it. Quoth Perry:

Michael’s was beyond frenetic with table hopping I’d not witnessed before and I felt as if I was dining on the Titanic before the ship went down. Only thing missing was playing of “Nearer my God to Thee”; Joy Behar was being applauded for her view against Elizabeth Hasselbeck and Star Jones was seated at the front table — like who cares about her anymore? There was too much celebration and even with Cobb Salads going for $35 a half portion, it had the feeling of the Last Supper if in fact that supper was fun.

After lunch she goes to her “pink and green pad-let in South Beach,” where she eschews purchase of a $450 Dior leopard-print bag but allows herself to indulge in a treat from the “old order”: a $13 Mojito, all the while never taking her eyes off the stock market where history is unfolding. Exhilarating!

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Betsy Perry, Voice of a Generation