George Bush: The Intelligent Book Reading President
Ok, so I'm a little late with blogging this one; in a desperate move by Rove to prop up his man Bush's failing 'stoopid' image, it has now been decided to portray Bush as an articulate, intelligent ardent book reader.
So far, according to the Whitehouse, Bush has read 50 to 60 books ... this summer alone. Impressive eh?
This is a president who if you remember, refuses to even read internal memos, or daily newspapers. Instead, he commands his aides to verbally summarise daily briefings and news stories for him.
I think i've read about 15 books in the past year and a half. Admittedly I have to work, eat, maintain a home, and read when I can (which consists mostly news-sites, forums, blogs etc).
But then again, I don't have the responsibility of running the largest empire in the world... Bush DOES... and he STILL has the time to read 50 to 60 books... this summer alone (this just bears repeating...)
The Whitehouse claims Bush recently read Albert Camus's existential book The Stranger, and then had a an engaging discussion about the origins of existentialism with the Whitehouse press-secretary Tony Snow.
LOL!! I'm wetting myself here trying to imagine Bush discussing existentialism with anyone. (Am I real, do I really exist?!!??!....... OH PLEASE.....:-)
For what it's worth (not a lot in my imho...), here's George's summer reading list, as stated by the Whitehouse:
Alexander II: The Last Great Tsar by Edvard Radzinsky
American Prometheus by Kai Bird and Martin Sherwin (a biography of Robert Oppenheimer, an inventor of the atomic bomb)
Clemente: The Passion and Grace of Baseball's Last Hero by David Maraniss (about the late all-star Pittsburgh Pirates right fielder)
Lincoln: A Life of Purpose and Power by Richard Carwardine
Lincoln's Greatest Speech: The Second Inaugural by Ronald C. White Jr.
Mao: The Unknown Story by Jung Chang and Jon Halliday
Nine Parts of Desire: The Hidden World of Islamic Women by Geraldine Brooks
Polio: An American Story by David Oshinsky (discussing how polio affected the United States in the mid-20th century)
The Big Bam: The Life and Times of Babe Ruth by Leigh Montville
The Great Influenza: The Epic Story of the Deadliest Plague in History by John M. Barry
Salt: A World History by Mark Kurlansky
The Stranger by Albert Camus
Hells Bells... Do the goons at the Whitehouse really believe anyone will take this nonsense seriously? Oh well.. it cheered me up at least for a moment.