Groucho Growls Familiar Attitude In “Duck Soup”

For we old, old timers, some of the hysterical antics and speeches spouting from today’s political mess in Washington bring back eerily familiar memories.

In the 1933 film, Groucho Marx is Rufus T. Firefly, the blustering president of the mythical nation of Fredonia. For the record, please note that “Duck Soup” did not also star a Donald who became an animated Disney legend.

In the movie, President Firefly pompously confronts an assembly of politicians, generals and other officials. He assumes a serious sneer and sings:

I don’t know what they have to say,
It makes no difference anyway,
Whatever it is, I’m against it.
No matter what it is or who commenced it,
I’m against it.

Hmmm. Do those lyrics sound like they’re being declared by a newly-elected political figure?

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