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Richard D Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-26-08 01:22 PM
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The Illustrated pResident


The Illustrated President
BY Scott Horton
PUBLISHED January 24, 2008


George W. Bush is famous for his attachment to a painting which he acquired after becoming a born again Christian. Its by W.H.D. Koerner and is entitled A Charge to Keep. Bush was so taken by it, that he took the paintings name for his own official autobiography. And heres what he says about it:

I thought I would share with you a recent bit of Texas history which epitomizes our mission. When you come into my office, please take a look at the beautiful painting of a horseman determinedly charging up what appears to be a steep and rough trail. This is us. What adds complete life to the painting for me is the message of Charles Wesley that we serve One greater than ourselves.

So in Bushs view (or perhaps I should say, faith) the key figure, with whom he personally identifies, is a missionary spreading the word of the Methodist Christianity in the American West in the late nineteenth century.

(SNIP)

So Bushs inspiring, prosyletizing Methodist is in fact a silver-tongued horse thief fleeing from a lynch mob. It seems a fitting marker for the Bush presidency. Bush has consistently exhibited what psychologists call the Tolstoy syndrome. That is, he is completely convinced he knows what things are, so he shuts down all avenues of inquiry about them and disregards the information that is offered to him. This is the hallmark of a tragically bad executive. But in this case, it couldnt be more precious. The president of the United States has identified closely with a man he sees as a mythic, heroic figure. But in fact hes a wily criminal one step out in front of justice. It perfectly reflects Bush the man. . . and Bush the president.

http://harpers.org/archive/2008/01/hbc-90002237
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NastyRiffraff Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-26-08 01:38 PM
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1. Fitting. Bush compares himself to a horse thief.
I particularly like this mental image of Bush "fleeing from a lynch mob." However, he is definitely not "silver-tongued"!
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