Monday, August 28, 2006


As August moves into September, with the shorter days & cooler nights of autumn replacing the heat and sunshine of summer, we will witness one of the strangest tours in American history. Yes folks, for the next two weeks we can all feel that chest-thumping pride as we watch the Chief Executive make his long-awaited "Tour Through The Annals Of Failure And Incompetence."

That's right, the Decider will appear today in New Orleans, sight of the disaster that saw the Crescent City sink beneath a flood still leaving it devastated a year later. And in exactly 14 days, the President and all his apologists will conduct the so-bizarre-it's-hard-to-explain, 5th Year Commemoration of 9/11.

Now I'm not gonna go off on all variety of theories as to whether the Administration caused, facilitated, allowed, or ignored any or all of the events of those two horrible days. There are enough conspiracy buffs to fill pages with those stories, so let them run with it if they want. (Here's me supposing that you juuuuuust might find a piece or two today saying as much.)

But I will state without equivocation that neither competence, nor concern, nor honesty, nor leadership were much in evidence during New York's or New Orleans' darkest hours. Reading about a fucking goat, deer-in-headlights gaze on display for all the world to see in one event; gee-tar strumming photo-op & You're doin' a heckuva job, Brownie, during the other.

Not Acceptable.

And certainly not worthy of flag-waving histrionics, faux-patriotic feel-goodism, or pre-election leveraging of fear & pride. He should be ashamed of his performance on both days. The decent thing to do would be to disappear today and on 9/11, and let Americans deal with both events on their own.

Just the way they were left to deal with them when they actually happened.


Blogger The Minstrel Boy said...

just a technical aside on the guitar strumming part of his infamous photo op. his hands are all wrong. he could fake the positioning of the g-chord because it's a lot like flipping a bird but his left hand is a full step off (that's why the musician has the panicked look on his face and is trying to snatch his hands before a truly awful sound is produced). but that's the whole bush presidency in a nutshell, he only wants to look like he's doing something. he only wants to look and sound like he gives a shit about the troops his lies are killing every day, he only wants to pretend like he ever gave a shit about drowning black people. this. is. the. worst. president. ever.

12:21 PM  
Blogger Mr Furious said...

Nice post, Mike. Says it pretty much perfectly...

12:25 PM  
Blogger DED said...


1:33 PM  
Blogger Weaseldog said...

Isn't that chord actually a CMaj7AddG? :)

I like to think of this as his 'Destruction Accomplished' Tour.

1:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The parallels are eerie:

Romans saw it indeed as a bad omen that the very theatre Nero had performed in shortly after was destroyed by an earthquake.

Nero didn't give a crap about his troops either, eerie.

2:22 PM  
Blogger Thrillhous said...

Well done, Mike.

But guys, what about the snowflake babies? He cares about them!!

Oh, won't someone please think of the snowflake babies!

9:15 PM  
Anonymous Mike said...

I hear that he plans to stand in the gigantic hole we know as Ground Zero on 9/11 and sing a song called "Talking Dead Snowflake Baby Blues."

He'll accompany himself on gee-tar, playing chords made up on the spot.

Then he'll urge us all to go shopping.

10:15 PM  
Blogger Otto Man said...

I don't know what galls me more -- the fact that this administration has highlighted its biggest fuckups (9/11 and Katrina) to showcase the president, or that so many of my fellow citizens seem to buy it.

12:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, that so many people seem to buy it illustrates just exactly how much so many people need to BELIEVE that everything is going to be okay. Instead of MAKING it okay.

3:35 AM  
Anonymous Mike said...

so many of my fellow citizens seem to buy it.

so many people need to BELIEVE that everything is going to be okay. Instead of MAKING it okay.

In today's world, with constant media barrages, if you say something enough times, it becomes true.

1984? At this rate, Orwell will only have been off by 25 years or so.

5:41 AM  

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