Thursday, January 08, 2004

I'm currently reading a fairly interesting book on George W. Bush, following the old biblical concept "Know thine Enemy". This is the book Fortunate Son which the Bush camp forced off the market because the didn't like some of the stuff it said. St. Martens, the major publisher, burnt every single copy.

Luckily an independent publisher, Soft Skull Press, got the rights to the book and put it out. They and the author faced so much harassment and even outright threats from the Bush administration that the author, J.H. Hatfield, committed suicide.

So I was expecting a harsh, biting look at Bush. Because, hell, that's how I feel. But here's the strange thing: The book is pretty nice to the guy. It's very well paced and balanced about giving all sides to any story, and gives Bush a lot more credit I ever cared to.

The point is, even people we don't like are human, they're bound to have good parts to balance out the bad. Bush was a fantastic pilot, albeit in the National Guard job that the Speaker of the House in Texas admits he helped Pappy George secure so that Dubya wouldn't have to go to Nam. But a good pilot? I never would have guessed he had it in him.

I'm still working my way through, but here is today's Quote About George Bush Of The Day.

"He's one of those guys who was born on third base and thinks he hit a triple."
-Former Presidential Advisor Paul Begala

posted by opus  at 7:47 AM


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