Archive for the ‘he who shall not be named’ Category

I’ll Stop Being Such a Re-poster Right After This

22.January.2009

Some Recently-Discovered Pics from Yes We Can (hold babies)

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Tears

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Don’t Let the Door Hit You and Get the Hell Out

17.January.2009

Letterman presents the final “Great Moments in Presidential Speeches” montage. Love it like it’s the last time…because it is.

George W. Bush is a George W. Bush Lover

5.January.2009

There’s been a bit of a buzz sounding with an article in the WSJ entitled “Bush is a Book Lover.” I know, I had to try to stifle the laughter, too.

(Just kidding, why try?)

Anyway, I’ve been rolling my eyes in a literal sense and then I realized that -hey- isn’t a blog just one big figurative eye-roll? So, I come today bearing my haughty opinions.

My initial problem with the article is that I believe it’s complete bullshit. First of all, let’s look at the source. Karl Rove wrote the editorial. Um, kids? Have we forgotten who Karl Rove is? The man literally has no soul OR credibility. Of course he’s going to make small and meaningless last-ditch attempts to bolster the President’s image/legacy (and thus improve his own) as they head out of office. I DO recognize that my liberal bias IS having an effect on my perception on this point.

Okay, so let’s pretend that Leader of the Free World was actually reading several hours a day. While using “words” like “misunderestimate.” Sure. Fine.

Take a closer look at his book list. It gives a clear picture of the attitude problem of the entire administration. Nearly every book listed was basically an affirmation of the views Bush already holds. All literary pats-on-the-back: Why, yes, George. You are doing the right thing. Shouldn’t the President be an active thinker, always seeking a wider breadth of knowledge and different viewpoints?

I’m sorry. I just think that what people read says a lot about them. Reading is entertainment, absolutely, and who I am to call your book choice unacceptable? But shouldn’t we also be seeking to understand a little deeper, to expand our worldview to include different perspectives, to begin to unpeel the layers of this complex world?  I mean, isn’t that why books are so powerful and important?

I’m not trying to get all holier-than-thou on y’all. I DO think the goal of a book a week is incredibly admirable. I just wonder why you would spend such valuable time on things that don’t stretch you in some way. While I’m not claiming to be a consistent reader of mind-blowing literature – I do feel an obligation to keep up on adolescent lit because of my job, for example – I’m also not the President. Nor would you want me to be.

Near the end of the article, Rove states: “There is a myth perpetuated by Bush critics that he would rather burn a book than read one. Like so many caricatures of the past eight years, this one is not only wrong, but also the opposite of the truth and evidence that bitterness can devour a small-minded critic.”

Maybe it is bitterness that made me feel compelled to put my complaint in writing. I am just hoping for so much more with those who will govern us in the future.