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End of a Poetic Legacy on Penn. Ave.?
October 14, 2003 9:35 AM   Subscribe

Other U.S. Presidents have dabbled in poetry (that is, if they weren't busy winning Pulitzers before hitting the Oval Office). But Our Fearless Leader's poem has been rejected by the Missouri Review. "While we realize that the phrase 'lump in the bed' has a personal meaning that is meant to be endearing (please give the First Lady our regards), we fear that it portrays a, shall we say say, less than progressive attitude toward women." Is there any hope for Bush's literary inclinations? And what does this mean for the future of Presidential dignity?
posted by ed (21 comments total)

 
Is there any hope for Bush's literary inclinations?

No.

And what does this mean for the future of Presidential dignity?

Uh, Presidential dignity? Jumbo shrimp? Military intelligence?
posted by Shane at 9:40 AM on October 14, 2003


Real men don't sit around writing poetry.
posted by Postroad at 10:19 AM on October 14, 2003


Bullshit.
posted by rushmc at 10:23 AM on October 14, 2003


The most appalling thing about this poem is not that he calls his wife "lump in the bed", or Chirac "that charming French guy".

It's that he's deliberately leaking a supposed love poem to his darling wife in order to further perpetuate the myth that he landed on an aircraft carrier - all bah hisse'f - and that it was an "adventure".
posted by interrobang at 10:25 AM on October 14, 2003


Real men don't need to explain what's "real" about masculinity. Some men are poets. Some men couldn't craft prose if their lives depended on it. It's as simple as that.
posted by ed at 10:29 AM on October 14, 2003


I just want to say that this post should be a poster child for how to present something that might otherwise be "newsfilter" (just a yahoo news or cnn link) by researching and sharing interesting content. Well done!

And interrobang, I think his wife actually leaked it.
posted by anastasiav at 10:31 AM on October 14, 2003


And interrobang, I think his wife actually leaked it.

Actually, you didn't hear it from me, but I hear that Karl Rove leaked it.
posted by interrobang at 10:34 AM on October 14, 2003


I think his wife actually leaked it.

But surely a real man can control his baitch?

Or I can just go on about control over output to the media and such if you prefer.
posted by biffa at 10:39 AM on October 14, 2003


I just want to say that this post should be a poster child for how to present something that might otherwise be "newsfilter" (just a yahoo news or cnn link) by researching and sharing interesting content. Well done!
Agree, Ed nice post: patience...yet this added picture is charming.
posted by thomcatspike at 10:58 AM on October 14, 2003


...yet this added picture is charming.

Actually, I can't look at The BushWife without getting a little freaked out. Her eyes are so beady and sinister and glazed, often seeming to focus on something she can see but we can't. And she often has such a smug I-Ate-The-Canary smile on her face. I think what I'm saying is she looks like heavy medication is the only thing between her and a serial-killing psychosis.

I have a picture of her somewhere I can't find -- and believe me, I'm Googling like Hell and I'm kicking my ass repeatedly for having not scanned it -- in which the Bushes are at a 9-11 funeral/memorial service and everyone, even The Shrub, is looking solemn with head down . . . except The BushWife, who is smiling gleefully and looking up as if she's thinking, "What a simply mahvelous photo opportunity!"

Amazing.
/editorializing "allI'msayin'isthewomanain'tright"
posted by Shane at 11:42 AM on October 14, 2003


Yellowcake, Yellowcake, Dubya's scam,
Buy some uranium from an African,
Spin it, lie about it, and mark it with a "B,"
Then put it in the State of the Union for Congress to see!
posted by ElvisJesus at 12:19 PM on October 14, 2003


I for one welcome a return to the days before 9/11 when we openly ridiculed this bumbling idiot on a daily basis.

Color me traitor! :)
posted by LouReedsSon at 12:21 PM on October 14, 2003


allI'msayin'isthewomanain'tright
posted by ElvisJesus at 12:48 PM on October 14, 2003


does this instability in the phrase [oh my, lump in the bed] signal instability in the relationship... Or does it indicate a healthy obsession with the morning salute of a "little Commander-in-Chief"...?

Boner jokes?!
posted by eddydamascene at 1:51 PM on October 14, 2003


in order to further perpetuate the myth that he landed on an aircraft carrier - all bah hisse'f - and that it was an "adventure".


Well he doesn't say that he personally landed the plane on the carrier, just that he landed on a carrier.
posted by gyc at 1:55 PM on October 14, 2003


I for one welcome a return to the days before 9/11 when we openly ridiculed this bumbling idiot on a daily basis.

Some of us never stopped.
posted by rushmc at 4:46 PM on October 14, 2003


I think this is just further proof that the Missouri Review is a fraud for Marxists and communist-dictatorship sympathizers.
posted by mcsweetie at 6:13 PM on October 14, 2003


Some of us never stopped.

And that was a good thing indeed. But I was talking about mainsteam media. May things finally come full-circle!
posted by LouReedsSon at 6:47 PM on October 14, 2003


what anastasiav said - nice framing and research around this post, ed! Bravo.
posted by madamjujujive at 9:09 PM on October 14, 2003


Im an Oregonian. All I can say is he's not my president.
posted by Keyser Soze at 2:50 AM on October 15, 2003


Cheap addiction,
poor depiction:
bleeding diction
like sordid fiction.
posted by walrus at 3:46 AM on October 15, 2003


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