Two images will define George W. Bush’s tenure in my mind.
The first, most obvious, and most popular is that of the sailing shoes. Late night skit writers could not have dreamed a better scene, with perfect camera angles, of those mercurial slippers aloft.
The other, though I did not see the video or the still, but only read descriptions thereof, is that of pallet-loads of shrink-wrapped bundles of $100 bills being loaded by forklift.
Those were the infamous bundles that were deemed necessary by the wise administrators of the U.S. occupation forces in Iraq to get anything done on the street level. When one has dropped and broken the pottery barn’s best, when Humpty Dumpty has been nudged, nay shoved, from the wall of delicate balance to an unseemly demise, it takes more than a mere king’s horses and men to make amends.
As occupation czar Paul Bremer well knew, too, there’s no point in fussy record keeping when one is greasing the wheels of model democracy in the broader Middle East. Bremer is credited with losing track of $9 billion in cash.
Fast forward to recent scenes in Washington, with urgent huddles by the prudent and the wise, trying to decide if the rescue of America’s manufacturing heart is worth a few billion in loans.
What better contrasting image of priorities could be made than this, of lawmakers looking for money that was dumped by the very same patriotic crowd, as if by ersatz warriors in Boston 200 years past, into the waters of gullibility?
Conservative in Colbert
01/07/09 at 10:49 AM
Baird: "when Humpty Dumpty has been nudged, nay shoved, from the wall of delicate balance to an unseemly demise, it takes more than a mere king’s horses and men to make amends."
Mr. Baird, you fail to mention the culprit, those who shoved "Humpty Dumpty" off the wall. Lenders were pushed by rules enforced by government. Those rules dictated lenders could
not turn away people who could not buy a home. The irony is the cuplrit (two of the largest benefactors from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, Barney Frank and Chris Dodd) is telling "Humpty Dumpty" he should have been more careful.