Thursday, August 24, 2006

Reading Is FUNdamental

Posted by codemorse

If you're like me, you wish that politics weren't an empty shell-game, designed to distract and stupify as the people of the government make off with our money in burlap sacks marked "$" on the side.

If you're like me, you've accepted that politics is an empty shell-game, and that George W. Bush is a craven, poll-driven man of decidedly average intelligence who has suddenly discovered that the ploy of acting as the rube-next-door (complete with swaggering attitude, smirk, and refusal to read...well...anything) has backfired on him.

So if you're like me, you aren't at all surprised to see that the White House has released a "Summer reading list" for Bush in order to show that, contrary to what he and his advisors have told us, he really is a thoughtful, intelligent guy:

Maybe it was the influence of his wife, Laura, a former librarian, or his mother, Barbara, a longtime promoter of literacy. Or perhaps he was just eager to dispel his image as an intellectual lightweight. But President Bush now wants it known that he is a man of letters.

In fact, Bush has entered a book-reading competition with Karl Rove, his political adviser. White House aides say the president has read 60 books so far this year (while the brainy Rove, to Bush's competitive delight, has racked up only 50).

Yea. Maybe.

Or maybe the President's advisors have realized that the "Big Dumb Cowboy" schtick doesn't work as well when you're unpopular.

What do you think the odds are that the President is winning a book reading competition with Karl Rove? And what do you think the odds are that any of this isn't a bald-faced attempt to rehabilitate the President's Man of No Letters approach to politicking?

Isn't the reading of big, thoughtful books the provence of liberals, who cannot see the real world from their Ivory Towers (copyright/TM, the RNC)? Or does that no longer apply, either?

Here's a partial list of the President's "Summer reading". Do you think he writes book reports?


At 10:51 AM, Blogger Ben Miro said...


I hope the irony of Dubbs reading Camus' The Stranger isn't lost anyone.

At 9:23 AM, Blogger codemorse said...

It's certainly not lost on me, Katanga.

I have the urge to put on The Cure's "Killing an Arab" right now.


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