Wednesday, February 23, 2005

"Having Said That...."

Wow. I was sitting here working with CNN on in the background and heard some amazing stuff today.

The first amazing thing was when I heard a report on George Bush talking to US Troops in Germany. He said, "Some of you soldiers might have seen me before, I was the guy serving the turkey."

Bush was, of course, referring to his suprise spur of the moment trip to Iraq on Thanksgiving Day (which was planned weeks in advance in order to upstage Hillary Clinton's visit at the same time).

I hope some of those soldiers who remember him also remember that the turkey he was serving was a plastic one and his visit actually caused the soldiers to have to wait up to three hours before they were served their tv dinner style real turkey dinners. A unintentional, yet perfect, metaphor for the whole damned war. Plastic, fake, and surrounded by lies and publicity spin to bolster nationalistic pride in our new imperialism. And Bush seems to actually believe it. In his mind, it was a real turkey, and you can't convince him he is wrong about that -- or anything else.

But no. That wouldn't be the whopper of the day. Later in the afternoon I saw coverage of Bush speaking yesterday to reporters after talking to EU leaders. What he said made the audience at the European Union's headquarters literally laugh out loud. Asked about the US and our plans to invade Iran he said to reporters:

""This notion that the United States is getting ready to attack Iran is simply ridiculous. Having said that, all options are on the table."

Wow. That's our fearless leader! Ain't ya proud, America?

We speak with one resolute clear voice...while saying opposite things. Any questions?

PS: If you'd like your very own plastic President holding a plastic turkey, you can get your Turkey Dinner George Bush doll from Talking Presidents.

Sources:

Bush's turkey in Iraq images was for show, not for eating, by Mike Allen, The Washington Post, December 04, 2003

Bush's turkey raises questions, BBC News, 5 December, 2003

Bush and Schroeder bury Iraq hatchet, Reuters, Wed Feb 23, 2005

Bush: Iran attack 'ridiculous', News 24, 23/02/2005

Smiles Belie Fault Lines, by Dan Froomkin, washingtonpost.com, Wednesday, February 23, 2005

2 Comments:

Blogger ThomasMcCay said...

Yes, in deed, a perfect metaphor of this this presidency and how the country operates now.

4:05 PM  
Blogger R said...

Hey when you find someone making a Turkey doll holding a platter of Bush let me know. He could be dressed complete with a small earth in his mouth. (instead of an apple)

12:10 PM  

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