Starring Tim Russert: Five Awful, Mawkish Pieces of Father's Day Treacle

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Heartwarming (the blurbs said so!!)
There are some good, honest, entertaining and trenchant books and songs out there done by people about their memories of Dad.

On the other hand, there's a lot of crap. Cloyingly sentimental, predictable, tear-jerking crap.

Five of the worst:

5. Tim Russert's oeuvre
No one could do a profile of inside-the-Beltway favorite Tim Russert without, it seems, mentioning his blue-collar Buffalo roots and the fact that he always drove his kid to school and went to his sporting events -- Presidents and kings be damned!! Which always was annoying, because there are millions of fathers who do such things every day, but they don't feel the need to draw attention to it as some noble endeavor worthy of praise.

Russert decided this father stuff could go in either generational direction, getting big bucks for his maudlin Big Russ & Me. Realizing there's gold in them thar Daddy hills, he quickly followed up with Wisdom of Our Fathers: Lessons and Letters from Daughters and Sons. He undoubtedly would have milked dads like colleague Tom Brokaw did "the greatest generation" if his life hadn't ended (way too soon).

"Daddy's hands like to touch my mullet..."
4. "Daddy's Hands" by Holly Dunn
A 1986 hit that still gets play when Father's Day rolls around, Daddy's hands did many things:

1. Folded silently in prayer
2. Held mama tight
3. Held his daughter when she had a nightmare
4. Patted her back for something done right
5. Worked till they bled
6. Sacrificed unselfishly, just to keep us all fed.

Those are some multidimensional hands. We'd say they were the Swiss Army knife of hands, but even a Swiss Army knife doesn't sacrifice unselfishly.

These hands were also able to change their molecular composition, going from "soft and kind when I was cryin'" to "hard as steel when I'd done wrong." That's Wolverine material, there.

You'll be glad to know that, although they weren't always gentle, eventually a realization comes that there was always love in them. Steel-hard love.

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