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11:00 am
Sat November 19, 2011

Opening Panel Round

Originally published on Sat November 19, 2011 9:51 am

Transcript

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

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Right now, panel, time for you to answer some questions about the week's news. Roy, after years of getting by on word of mouth, one big organization has decided it's finally time to try their first-ever marketing campaign to attract new customers. Who are we talking about?

ROY BLOUNT: Oh, my goodness. I thought everybody had started doing that.

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BLOUNT: The Supreme Court.

SAGAL: No.

BLOUNT: No.

SAGAL: Although actually...

ADAM FELBER: It's not a bad idea.

SAGAL: It's not a bad - you're close, actually.

BLOUNT: Oh.

SAGAL: Let's go larger, up the...

BLOUNT: Oh, the entire federal government.

SAGAL: Well, United States of America was the answer to the question.

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BLOUNT: United States of America, OK.

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SAGAL: The United States wants to attract international tourists, meaning people from anywhere but Mexico.

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SAGAL: Via the new and vaguely sinister sounding Corporation for Travel Promotion, the U.S. now has a new logo, it does, and a new slogan: "The United States of Awesome Possibilities."

BLOUNT: Oh.

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SAGAL: That's real. That's a real slogan.

BLOUNT: That's terrible.

SAGAL: That narrowly beat out - the second place winner is: the USA, the fat friend that makes you look skinny.

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SAGAL: And I think they should have gone with this one: the USA, why not invade us for a change?

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SAGAL: And this is exciting. This is exciting for potential tourists, if you're listening overseas. There's a limited time promotion in which any visitor to the United States between now and January can spend a day as the GOP presidential frontrunner.

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SAGAL: Come do that.

FELBER: You know, we should have Tom Bodett record a slogan for America.

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FELBER: The USA, sorry, we can't afford to leave a light on for you.

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