Written by Harry Porter
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Topics: White House

Wednesday, 11 August 2004

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Supernanny Jo Frost - 'To the naughty step Mr President - NOW!'

TV bosses in the UK, celebrating their success in selling Supernanny to the American networks, have discovered the show has one very special fan - the White House.

As soon as it was revealed that ABC had signed up Britain's Jo Frost, the no-nonsense, real-life Mary Poppins, for a US series, Washingston started calling.

And it seems ‘all the President's men' see Channel 4's Supernanny as a possible key to making George W. Bush more voter-friendly and so clinch the 2004 US election.

The show's award-winning producer, Stevie Douglas, revealed that Bush's aides had already seen the three pilot episodes shown on British television.

"They seemed very interested in a number of Jo's techniques," he said, "and were particularly fascinated by the ‘naughty step' and ‘naughty room' techniques."

In her series, Supernanny Jo modified the behavior of her wayward charges by designating an appropriate space, such as the foot of a staircase or a vacant room, to which they were relegated if they misbehaved.

She also confiscated favorite toys to curb tantrums, bloody-mindedness and stupidity.

"Apparently," Stevie continued, "Mr Bush is easily distracted, refuses to practise his reading and likes to make up words, often at the most inappropriate times.

"I think that since this is an election year, they really are pulling out all the stops to try and make him behave.

"If you look upon the Republicans as one big, dysfunctional family, and the President as the youngest child, he has made a few gaffes and embarrassed a lot of people, sometimes all the people.

"Sending him to sit on the naughty step, or taking away a favourite toy, like his coloring book, or denying him his favorite treats, like pretzels or playing Masters of the Universe on his Gameboy, might just work.

"It's all good old-fashioned common sense but sometimes you need someone like Jo to step in and say ‘no, stop playing with these ballot boxes, you're being a naughty boy!'

"It's not too far fetched to say that if Supernanny had been around, Iraq might not have happened."

ABC - the same broadcaster that picked up Wife Swap - won a bidding war again FOX to sign up Supernanny Jo for an eight-episode run. Fox is now, apparently, working on plans for its own version, Terminator Nanny.

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