Mary Owen, the youngest daughter of Donna Reed, who played George Bailey's wife in the 1946 film, told an audience at a recent Manhattan screening of It's A Wonderful Life that it is "a good corrective to the campaign we just went through."
Afterwards she spoke with Barry, a Bloomberg columnist.
George is the film's hero, who is saved by selflessness: his own, through an epiphany about what his life has meant to others, and his community’s, whose generosity rescues him from arrest. Their selflessness is all the more powerful because it comes in response to the extreme selfishness they encounter in the world, personified by the rich, greedy, heartless and vainglorious old codger Mr. Potter.Later Barry adds, "Many Americans are worried that Trump's victory will usher in a dark, mean, intolerant mood reminiscent of Pottersville."
"The thing that always irks me about Potter," Mary says, "is that he got away with keeping that $8,000" -- money that belonged to the Bailey Brothers Building and Loan. Potter's fraud, she says with a laugh, "almost feels like Trump not having to show his taxes!"
It's hard not see a little of Potter in Trump. In 2007, Trump rooted for a collapse in the real estate market "because then people like me would go in and buy." Potter tries the same strategy, only to be blocked by George. When George turns to him for a loan to cover the missing $8,000, Potter's attack -- at 137 characters -- is almost Trumpian: "What are you but a warped, frustrated young man? A miserable little clerk, crawling in here on your hands and knees and begging for help." Sad!
At the end of that scene, Potter calls the police to swear out an arrest warrant for George. It had a familiar ring to Mary: "When Potter says, 'See you in jail!', it reminds me of Trump all of his threats to put Hillary in jail."
One can easily compared the scheming Hillary Clinton to Mr. Potter. Do you want examples? Here we go: Clinton lied to keep and expand her power with Travelgate, she offered blatant falsehoods about the Benghazi murders, she used the Clinton Foundation as a slush fund, and she mishandled classified information when she used a private email server while serving as secretary of state.
Would George Bailey do that?
Back to Owen: She's more proof that liberals ruin and politicize everything.
Left out of Barry's column is this shining nugget of truth: Frank Capra, you remember, he directed the movie, was a conservative Republican.