19 January 2009

End of an Error

(Detail from a Todd James painting)

Good-bye and good riddance to George W. Bush, the man who educed the ugly truth that America's churches and boardrooms often harbor an insidious and bizarre headspace, one where reality is twisted, contorted and misinterpreted so that it can conform to an implacable a priori ignorance rather than the other way around, in which evolved minds bend and stretch in an attempt to understand bizarre and horrific events in the external world.

I suppose in a sense it is fitting that, in the age of virtual reality, we got an administration that defined it. I look forward to seeing that visor come off tomorrow.

Most Presidents leave office and write their memoirs. It's hard to imagine a man who can barely read, write or speak put together a memoir but in the end nobody really cares what Bush does as long as he has no legal authority while he does it. But in the spirit of healing, here are some suggestions on what to title his memoirs:

X-Files in Courage
All I Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten
Heckuva Job: The Presidency of George W. Bush
Jesus Christ Superstar
Semper Fi

Good luck, Barack Obama. You will need it more than anyone realizes. For one thing, you will have to deal with black Americans. Believe me, they will be a thorn in your side for the duration of your Presidency. More on this later. For now let's focus on the positive: George W. Bush is outta here.

Like a Phoenix rising out of the graffiti


mandy jeanne said...

i've never wept during an inauguration before

Anonymous said...

I'm just waiting for Obama to disappoint. Not that I think he'll be as bad as Bush -- an inanimate object couldn't be as bad as Bush -- but I have to wonder what fraction of our astronomical expectations he'll actually be able to satisfy. Just getting our country back to how it was under Clinton will take more work than a mere mortal can do in two terms.

BTW, I added you to my blogroll at http://oddcincy.wordpress.com/ .