Hello! I’m being given a trial run by the Powers Who Control Metroblogging, so forgive me if I get all geekified. I figured I’d just jump right on in here…
So a few weeks after the flap about W. Richard West, Jr’s self-commissioned portrait and possible inappropriate spending – which followed on last year’s major stories of poor spending habits of other SI executives – the Smithsonian finally did something right.
Enter Stephen Colbert’s portrait hanging at the National Portrait Gallery. Now, SI officials won’t come out and say it, but I’ll bet this “going along with the joke” is more a PR ploy to help boost the Institution’s sagging image than anything else.
And hey, I agree! At least it shows there are a lot more smart-thinking people over there than ones out to misappropriate money.
Best of all? I love the location. It’s a limited “six-week showing in what the museum considers an ‘appropriate place’ – right between the bathrooms near the ‘America’s Presidents’ exhibit.”
This post appeared in its original form at DC Metblogs