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The Stoning of a president

How accurate is Oliver Stone’s new movie about George W. Bush?  Why not ask someone who grew up with the man? The Washington Times recently had a few words with former Florida Governor Jeb Bush regarding his views on the biopic (which opens today)… and not surprisingly, little bro’ is not impressed.

Oliver Stone has proclaimed that his new feature film “W.” aims to be an “empathetic” psychological portrait of President Bush.

The president’s younger brother has a different impression.

At the heart of “W.,” opening nationally in theaters Friday, is a psychological portrait of George W. Bush as living perpetually in the shadow of his father, former President George H.W. Bush, and driven to invade Iraq at least in part by a desire to prove he is as tough as the elder statesman.

The Oedipal rivalry is high-grade, unadulterated hooey,” former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush told The Washington Times.

Well, you know what they say: One man’s art is another man’s unadulterated hooey.

The WT continues:

Exploring such a complicated family dynamic might have benefited from direct conversations with, say, the president’s younger brother who, in the telling of Mr. Stone and his “W.” screenwriter, Stanley Weiser, was regarded by his parents as the more promising sibling.

I didn’t receive a call,” Jeb Bush said.

Hmmmmm… I’m sure Ollie just lost the guy’s number.

So if Stone didn’t talk to Jeb or anyone close to George Bush in the making of this film, where exactly did he get his information?

The collaborators, who did not return calls seeking comment from The Times to the agency that is spearheading publicity for the film in the Washington, D.C., area, appear to have relied heavily on secondary sources such as Bob Woodward’s “State of Denial” and Stephen Mansfield’s “The Faith of George W. Bush.”

Mr. Weiser told Reuters news agency earlier this year that he read 17 books about the president while researching the film.

17 BOOKS, folks!  Now THAT’S research.  Who needs first-hand sources when you’ve got Woodward and Mansfield?  Who needs that tedious process of picking up the phone and calling a few people who actually KNEW and TALKED to George Bush on a daily freakin’ basis when everything you could ever want is in the bargain bin at the Barnes and Noble?

For those who are planning on seeing this movie, I would not only advise watching it with a grain of salt, I would suggest bringing the whole damn container — the one with the little girl holding the umbrella. Because however well crafted this movie may be (and Stone is talented in that area) it is likely to have little bearing on reality. Oliver Stone tends to give us Oliver Stone’s version of the story.

We’re talking about the same directer, after all, who’s botching of the Jim Morrison story led former Doors keyboardist Ray Manzerek to later say “The guy I knew was not on that screen.” The other remaining band-members were none too happy either — and this after Ray and the boys had provided extensive consultation to Stone throughout the making of the film.

So if it’s an honest intimate portrayal of the man called George W. Bush you are seeking, this pile of cinematic horsesqueeze called ‘W’ ain’t gonna give it to you. You’ll have to look elsewhere if you want to separate the myth from the man.

Try calling Jeb for starters — he’d be happy to talk to you.



Here we come to save the day

No need to learn responsibility, homeowners… Uncle Sam’s got your back. By dawn’s early light and to the singing of birds, the Prez posted your bail this morning:

WASHINGTON — President Bush on Wednesday signed a massive housing bill intended to provide mortgage relief for 400,000 struggling homeowners and stabilize financial markets.

Bush signed the bill without any fanfare or signing ceremony, affixing his signature to the measure he once threatened to veto, in the Oval Office in the early morning hours. He was surrounded by top administration officials, including Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson and Housing Secretary Steve Preston.

Full story below:

President Bush Signs Housing Bill to Provide Mortgage Relief, Stabilize Markets



JibJab scores a knockout

Equal opportunity offender JibJab has posted a new campaign video for the ’08 election. This is probably the funniest I’ve seen from them to date. If you don’t laugh hard all the way through this clip, I’d suggest you go to the local clinic and get some humor implants.

The Obama ‘Disney animal’ segment is positively rich. They accomplish in 12 seconds what it can take several paragraphs to get across in an editorial or blog entry.

In addition to that, the guys at JibJab are brilliant at illustrating the futility of the election process as it exists today. No matter who you vote for this year, you’re pretty much gonna get spun around and “poked in the rear” by Uncle Sam.

Enjoy the clip. And don’t worry libs, there are plenty of good digs at the Prez and McCain here as well:



A start

The Prez is finally taking action on offshore drilling. Your move now, Congress:

WASHINGTON — President Bush will lift an executive ban on offshore oil drilling, although new oil exploration on the Outer Continental Shelf will remain off limits until Congress also takes action.

The president will make a Rose Garden statement on Monday, where he is expected to announce his lifting of the ban.

Full story:

Bush to Lift Executive Ban on Offshore Oil Drilling



Pelosi’s petro pickle

As the Democrats were poised to take the helm in the 2006 elections, Nancy Pelosi wrote the following in a press-release addressing the nation’s energy woes:

Democrats have a common-sense plan to help bring down skyrocketing gas prices by cracking down on price-gouging; rolling back the billions of dollars in taxpayer subsidies, tax breaks and royalty relief given to big oil and gas companies; and increasing production of alternative fuels.

Now two years after revealing her “common sense” solution, Pelosi is passing the buck — four of them at last count:

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) — Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi wrapped up her San Francisco holiday weekend Monday with a blast at President Bush. The topic — the price of oil. Gasoline has more than doubled since the Bush administration took office she says.

San Francisco’s Meals on Wheels turns out more than 1,300 meals a day to seniors. But now there has been a dramatic rise in expenses.

“Our costs have gone up 40 percent, but even more so, the indirect costs of driving food costs is really taking a big hit on us. Almost a nine percent increase in food costs in just one year,” says Ashley McCumber of Meals on Wheels.

McCumber joined Speaker Pelosi Monday to dramatize the tough times businesses are having because of fuel costs. The speaker blames what she labels the Bush-Cheney big oil agenda, using graphics to point out gasoline prices have more than doubled in the Bush administration.

This is a scam of the greatest magnitude,” says Speaker Pelosi.

Truer words have never spilled forth from her botox lips. In fact, that last statement would look great hanging over the door of DNC headquarters.

What Nancy failed to mention in her fancy presentation is that the biggest surge at the pump occurred after her Democrats assumed control of congress. Here’s a little fancy chart of our own:

pelosi_premium

Yes, things are certainly looking up… vertical even.  Maybe this is part of the reason Pelosi’s Congress has now set a new precedent according to the pollsters at Rasmussen:

The percentage of voters who give Congress good or excellent ratings has fallen to single digits for the first time in Rasmussen Reports tracking history. This month, just 9% say Congress is doing a good or excellent job. Most voters (52%) say Congress is doing a poor job, which ties the record high in that dubious category

Congrats! Definitely breaking bold new ground here. For nostalgia sake, let us hearken back to the inspiring speech Pelosi gave in January 2007 after being elected as Speaker:

The election of 2006 was a call to change — not merely to change the control of Congress, but for a new direction for our country.

And we have indeed taken a new direction… hope you folks brought your parachutes.



Thanks for the (bad) memories

I have a quiz for you. What are some nicknames we might give to an economy which has been solid and robust for the past seven years? The Dems and the MSM have had many… the Greenspan economy… the housing boom economy… the inherited Clinton economy… even the just plain dumb luck economy.

Now, what do we call an economy that starts to sputter in a major election year? Why the BUSH economy, of course.

And part of Barack Obama’s campaign strategy has been to blame the President for our our recent troubling economic news while suggesting that a vote for John McCain will mean more of the same — birds of a feather and all that good stuff.

Now McCain is returning the compliment. In an interview with Brian Williams on ABC’s Nightly News last night, the presumptive Republican nominee took a dig back at his rival with a little unsavory comparison of his own:

Williams: Is it going to be tough to run with an incumbent party for the White House, given this economic backdrop?

McCain: I– I think it’s– it’s tough. But I think the American didn’t, people didn’t get to know me yesterday. They know me. They know that I have fought for restraining spending, which Senator Obama has been a big part of, with earmarking (UNINTEL) projects. They know that I have been a strong fiscal conservative, and they know I understand the challenges that they face.

They need a little break from– from their gasoline taxes, and they — and they know that — we’ve got to get spending under control. And we’ve got to become independent of foreign oil. Sen. Obama says that I’m running for a Bush’s third terms. It seems to me he’s running for Jimmy Carter’s second. (LAUGHTER)

Ouch… now THAT’s hitting below the belt, Johnny. Barack might just demand an apology for that one.

You might also need to apologize to the American people for reminding them about the fiscal and foreign policy train wreck that was the Carter administration. We had almost blotted that out of our memories…



Dennis dissects McClellan

Here’s a great take from recovering celeb-lib Dennis Miller on Scott McClellan and his new book. This is from a recent interview with Bill O’ Rielly:

O’REILLY: OK. Let’s get over to old Scott McClellan. Big interview here on Monday with him. Thousands of e-mails. We’re going to read some of them at the end of the broadcast tonight. What did you think?

MILLER: You know, I didn’t think that Scott McClellan was in the loop when he imagined himself to be the knot in the loop, quite frankly. I think he was a mercy hire. I think his life is sort of like a Kafka novella: it all happens out of earshot. I think whenever anybody’s around him, they probably, you know, tell him what he wants to hear. Bush did, Rove did. Now I’m sure Katie Couric will. But his whole life happens out of earshot.

Trust me, Scott, it’s not a pretty picture what everybody is saying about you. I know you’re never going to hear. It’s turned into some weird “Twilight Zone” episode for you. But to say that you’re an empty suit would do a disservice to clothes hangers, my friend. You know, you’re not all that respected by anybody.

O’REILLY: Well, that’s a good point. I said that to him. I said look, you know, forget about your former friends in conservative circles. I mean, they think you’re a traitor just like Bob Dole said. And your newfound friends are just going to use you. And then, you know, they don’t want to hear about you anymore. And the proof of that is the blogs. I mean, if you go to the far-left blogs, they hate this guy. I mean, they hate Bush, and they say, you see, but we hate him, too. And you know, he’s not getting any new friends.

But, you know, you can’t read people’s minds. I thought McClellan came across — I don’t think he was a bad man. I told him, “I don’t think you’re a bad man.” I thought he came across as weak, you know, and I think he was manipulated by his publisher.

I absolutely believe Ari Fleischer when Fleischer said: “Look, I talked to McClellan. He started off to write a book, to correct the record, stick up for Bush. They got him in a vortex. They, being a publisher, they convinced him that he wasn’t going to sell any copies, that if he were negative, he’d sell more, and that’s what he did.”

You know, I can’t be positive, but from talking with him, talking to Fleischer, I think that’s what happened.

MILLER: I don’t think he’s a bad guy. I think the best thing he has going for him is his utter inconsequentiality. He should hit his knees and thank God he was never a great enough man to actually have to make any of these decisions that now he deems propaganda.

He’s a guy who hangs around the periphery. He’s like the old New Yorker cartoons said: He’s the Uh-oh Squad. Bad stuff happens and he goes “Uh-oh.” He’s Margaret Dumont. I don’t think it’s propaganda.

I think if McCain wants to win this thing, he ought to do a little more propaganda. He ought to travel around with a tote board behind them, reminding everybody that it’s been 2,458 days since 9/11 and we haven’t had a terror attack on this soil.

Now, Scott McClellan, all of them can deem Bush a failure. That’s all I want out of this movement is to keep it from coming onto the home ground and we’ve done that. It’s not — there are worse failures.

O’REILLY: That’s absolutely, you know, a great point. Dennis, thanks very much. We’ll see you next Wednesday.