The most bizarre Babalu Radio Hour to date, which is saying something. Henry & George dedicated their "Independence Day" broadcast to Johnny Carson. Which tells us what they were doing as teenagers at 11:30 at night. Poor deprived souls! George even owns the complete Carson DVD collection so that he can forever relive his "glory days," and Henry informed us that he attended a taping of the Conan O'Brien Show just so he could visit the studio where Carson had done the show in his New York period.
Henry also revealed that he credits "Saturday Night Live" for awakening his interest in politics. (This sounds a lot more plausible than when he claimed on Babalú that he has been following presidential elections since age 5).
Henry also paid tribute to America by playing another Johnny's "A Man Named Sue." Don't ask what Cash's song has to do with the July 4th holiday. A more appropriate selection in that genre would have been Merle Haggard's "Oakie from Muskogee." Its criticism of Vietnam-era mores and draft-dodging, in particular, probably didn't appeal to chickenhawk George Moneo, whose animus for LBJ he recently confessed in response to our admiration.
Maybe next week they'll do a tribute to American Bandstand: the less they talk about Cuba the better. Although they did manage in this hodgepodge to pay tribute also to their "American Idol" Fred Thompson, whose recent remarks about balseros Henry called "100% true." George, for his part, volunteered that he had written to the "Friends of Fred" to assure them tha Babalú blog was at their entire disposal. Not to be outdone, Henry pointed out that his own blog Cuban-American Pundits already proudly features the logo of Thompson's campaign.
Suggestion: On next week's show, play Olivia Newton John's "I'm Hopelessly Devoted to You," dedicated, of course, to Fred Thompson, the actor playing an actor playing a politician.