O Bama, Where Art Thou?
Geo. Bush opened his presidential library this week. If it weren’t for the fact that his presidential legacy is featured in a four minute video game, I might have thought he had no memory at all for what his tenure was really like. But no, gimmicks like “shock and awe” that literally terrorized tens of thousands and killed uncounted however-many civilians were never really real to the man. And how could they be, he – after all – thought it sufficient to ride in a helicopter over the greatest natural/man-made disaster in U.S. history. Like every video game ever played, nobody got their feet wet.
I posted on my Facebook page today that Pres. Bush opening a library was an oxymoron of the highest order. I likened it to Hugh Heffner opening a convent. And while a good many who weighed in were willing to join Heff’s new church, very few had much to add other than a myriad of ‘preaching to the choir’ comments of mutual agreement. Of those few that had a beef with my implying that Pres. Bush a bibliophobe who admits to eschewing libraries most of his life, the biggest question was, “where’s your criticism of Pres. Obama?”
First of all, are they kidding? Geo. Bush opens a library – a library not a horse farm with “Brownie,” his former FEMA bungler, in charge – and the Bush apologists want to ask why I’m busy making fun of it?
Well if the topic of Iraq had even come up in Geo. Bush’s library dedication speech I might be able to explain why I think it’s laughable that a man who was busy reading a children’s book while his nation was under attack – after he’d cut important funding to reading programs across the nation – should get a library. I could explain to the architect of “no child left behind” – which encourage dropping out rather than struggling with low standardized test scores – belongs not in a library but rather in a prison cell.
But Iraq never came up. Need to hear that again? I know I did. Geo. Bush was dedicating a library to himself and his presidential legacy, and the war that was based on untruths spewed across the desks of all in attendance at the United Nations and everyone else around the world, which resulted in tens of thousands of U.S. casualties and countless Iraqi casualties, and broke our economy in the process, was not mentioned.
Okay, so I’m no Geo. Bush fan, and I haven’t been since he used dental records to prove he spent the Vietnam War hiding in the Alabama National Guard. You know, the same type of dental records they used to identify bodies that came home from the war without dog tags. And he had the audacity to challenge War Veteran John Kerry’s military mettle? But then Kerry responded like the coward he was being called, instead of telling ole Georgie to shut his yap. Kerry could have quoted Kris Kristofferson when that Vietnam War veteran shut Toby Keith’s yap during one of his patriotic rants, “Have you ever killed another man? Huh? Have you ever taken another man’s life and then cashed the check your country gave you for doing it? No, you have not.” And with that Kristofferson silenced the argument.
But now that I hearken back to John Kerry’s epic fold on the topics of courage and intestinal fortitude, I guess I shouldn’t be surprised that Pres. Obama followed in kind by showing up at the dedication of G.W.’s library.