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GW Bush not AWOL: Actually Secret Agent; Deep Throat; Expressionist Art Collector A shocking followup to the tragic Thatcher news earlier today.
posted by ook (18 comments total)

 
"Bush impressed Chou En-Lai tremendously. Flush with government-supplied money, he persuaded the Chinese premier to supply land and labor and build him the world's largest eight-track-tape factory, on the outskirts of Beijing. Bush supervised the construction personally, often arriving as early as 8:30 A.M. and staying on the job as late as 3 P.M."

ha!
posted by ZippityBuddha at 8:08 AM on August 4, 2004


OK, I'll bite ... this is a joke, right? I haven't read through the entire article, just the first and last page, but WHUUUUU??
posted by billpena at 8:21 AM on August 4, 2004


(Bush actually appears, ever so briefly, as a libidinous heroin-addicted pizza-delivery guy in Warhol and Morrissey's film Heat, in a scene that was added at the last minute.)

Fact check.....paging dvd frame by frame fact check
posted by rough ashlar at 8:31 AM on August 4, 2004


It's an attempt at humor
posted by Outlawyr at 8:31 AM on August 4, 2004


so, thatcher really IS dead?
posted by quonsar at 8:34 AM on August 4, 2004


from the SanFranChron:

The August issue of GQ has scored the mock scoop of this Bush-baiting summer -- and toyed with the conventions of straightforward magazine photojournalism in the process. The piece and its presentation once again raise touchy issues of fairness and full disclosure in political humor, touched off earlier this year by Michael Moore's film "Fahrenheit 9/11." This latest media stunt also invites everyone to lighten up and go along with the joke.

In a satirical prank complete with a half dozen arty photographs by a British conceptual artist, "Bush: The Missing Year" purports to account for the unexplained gap in the president's Air National Guard service in 1972-73. The story, by senior editor Jason Gay, details Bush's clandestine activities in the U.S. military's fictitious Special Undercover Missions Service (SUMS).

The photographer, Alison Jackson, used a young Bush look-alike -- a 25-year-old Philadelphia insurance adjuster in real life -- as a model. In the lead shot, he touches a young Vietnamese woman's waist as she fondles his collar. Three other smiling beauties look on. He's shirtless and grinning wildly in the next shot.

Other images show the Bush stand-in playing cards with a Mick Jagger model and touching up a Warhol portrait of Marilyn Monroe. In the final staged photo, a white-haired Barbara Bush type yanks her son out of bed by his ear, a fifth of Jack Daniel's in his hand and pictures of nudes scattered on the floor.
posted by ZippityBuddha at 8:38 AM on August 4, 2004


Next for Bush was New Zealand, where he assisted officials with helicopter surveillance of sheep poachers, and then Monaco, where he taught the crown prince's bodyguards how to fire assault rifles while waterskiing in tuxedos.

I'd always suspected as much..
posted by jazzkat11 at 8:39 AM on August 4, 2004


The piece and its presentation once again raise touchy issues of fairness and full disclosure in political humor...

Anyone who thought this was real for more than roughly 2.5 seconds shouldn't be allowed to vote.
posted by PinkStainlessTail at 8:41 AM on August 4, 2004


GQ should really just leave its comedy writing to Sedaris. This isn't even clever.
posted by jmgorman at 9:17 AM on August 4, 2004


Tough crowd. I thought it was well-written; nice escalation from weird-but-sorta-plausible to completely-batshit. The photos helped -- pity they weren't included in the online version -- as did the fact that I'm not too familiar with GQ (I read this in a dentist's waiting room) so didn't know if they normally did straight news.

Plus, come on. You telling me the image of Cheney performing at the Factory didn't give you a chuckle?
posted by ook at 9:42 AM on August 4, 2004


That dude really looks like Mick Jagger.
posted by gottabefunky at 9:52 AM on August 4, 2004


Another stunning coup by famed GQ journalists. It's a wonder that Bush did not simply leak the information earlier, but, hey, that's humility for you.
posted by xammerboy at 9:53 AM on August 4, 2004


Um, don't you at least have to have a modicum of intelligence to be a spy?

Yeah, I didn't see any pics in the story. They're only in the print edition? Does anyone still buy GQ?

How long before we get the George W. Bush Shameless Spy Action Figure (now with beer guzzling and dry humping action!)?
posted by fenriq at 10:13 AM on August 4, 2004


I can't believe they published this in the Congessional Quarterly.
posted by crunchland at 10:28 AM on August 4, 2004


I can't believe they published this in the Congressional Quarterly.
posted by crunchland at 10:29 AM on August 4, 2004


stupid slow server.
posted by crunchland at 10:29 AM on August 4, 2004


Does anyone still buy GQ?

Well, my dentist does, anyway.
posted by ook at 12:23 PM on August 4, 2004


I have to admit, I was starting to take it seriously, until I got to this:

They were masters of disguise, capable of passing themselves off as immigrants, women, even large animals.
posted by lodurr at 9:18 PM on August 4, 2004


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