thursday, 15 

thursday, 15

Who would have ever believed it? George W. Bush has a sense of humor. A couple of weeks ago, while addressing a convention of journalists, he put on a slide show. In the slide show he did a funny little skit. It showed him looking under his desk at the White House (one of the few times he s been there and not on vacation), and pretended to be looking for weapons of mass destruction but not finding any. Then he looked in a couple of other places and joked that he couldn t find them there, either. It was hysterically funny. A real knee-slapper. Almost as funny as when he referred to something recently as being not rocket surgery. The really hilarious thing is that those weapons of mass destruction he was unable to find in his little slide show were the sole basis of going to war in Iraq. Isn t that a gas? Ha ha. I guess you do have to kind of make fun of yourself when you get caught in that big of a lie, to quell the criticism from the millions of people here and around the world who question his motives, not to mention all those dumb liberal politicians who got kind of peeved at the fact that he led us into an all-our war based on the lies. Whew. I am so glad that he proclaimed victory last year in that war in May with his Mission Accomplished banner and declared all major combat to be over. I feel so much better now that that has happened. The really funny thing is that when he did his little slide show and made fun of not being able to find his weapons of mass destruction, a few days later four American security contractors were killed, burned, mutilated, and decapitated by a crowd if cheering young men, and a couple of their charred corpses were hung from bridge because of the war based on the weapons of mass destruction that didn t exist. I wonder if Bush will work that into his next little funny slide show. Instead of looking under his desk and joking about not being able to find the WMDs, he could just go to the homes of the families of the murdered Americans, glance into what were once their bedrooms, and laugh and say, Nope, no weapons of mass destruction under here either! But then, if he did that, it would cut way into his time at his ranch in Texas, or throwing out the first pitch at a baseball game, or attending a reelection fund-raiser while all of the Americans and Iraqi civilians are being mutilated overseas. We really wouldn t want to interrupt him while he s doing that, would we? Not to mention the time he spent last week as the war raged in Iraq and hundreds were killed, including lots of innocent women and children giving tours of the flora and fauna on his Texas ranch. I m sure he feels something for the dead and injured and kidnapped Americans now being held hostage, but those Iraqis, well, they are just Iraqis and not really people whose lives matter. And after all, his own twins seem to be okay, save for a few underage drinking debacles and cursing out their secret service agents we pay to protect them when they are out partying and going to wrestling matches. And you are going to sit there and complain about having to pay taxes for all this? Where is your sense of humor? Some of you might think Mr. Bush is a warmongering idiot liar with no regard for the truth or for human life. But get a grip. He s really a funny guy. Maybe when the little orphaned children and the unborn babies of parents they never knew because Bush sent them off to Iraq get to see his little slide show making fun of the lie he told to send them to their deaths, they ll get a big laugh out of it, like Bush did. Just think about them when you go to vote at the polls this November. In the meantime, here s a brief look at what s going on around town this week. Tonight is opening night of New Moon Theatre Company s production of Fefu and Her Friend at Theatre Memphis, the story of a group of women struggling with their own identities. Memphis author John McQuiston will sign copies of his new book A Prayer Book for the 21st Century this afternoon at Burke s Book Store. The Memphis Redbirds play Colorado Springs tonight at AutoZone Park. And tonight s Third Thursdays: Art After Dark at The Dixon at the Dixon Gallery and Gardens features Candice Ivory and her 12 piece band playing neo-soul, rock, jazz, and hip-hop in conjunction with the 50th Anniversary of Rock n Roll.

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