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ChangeMe Oh, and let’s not overlook last night’s party in the White House, the one in which Paul McCartney tapped on in, insulted the U.S. Presidency (implying President Bush didn’t use “a library” or otherwise, didn’t read — while instead lauding Barack Obama as being “a President who knows how to use a library” — unfortunately, which prompted rapt smirks of pleasure from Obama).

How has Paul McCatty ever managed to pen any lyrics if that broken-plastic of a statement is an indication of his (alleged) prosaic talent? Perhaps he hired out those tasks? Set the people under his stairs to the tasks for farthings? Maybe McCartney has simply been tossing word-notes at a board and piecing together whatever stuck on the adjacent wall — which would, albeit, explain the vanity-rapture between Obama and McCatty, two lucky guys — oh, woe — alone in the universe amidst a sea of floating commoners.

In all his lack of fabulousness, the dullard (but honored-at-the-White-House!) McCartney hid away in his intellect-one-note-hidey-hole the somewhat well-known fact that President Bush and wife, Laura Bush, maintained a nightly reading hour before bedtime throughout Bush’s two terms in the Presidency. And President Bush is well known throughout his Presidency and before and after to be an “avid reader”. Perhaps McCartney-Posh-Dummyman is confused about what “books” are or thinks “library” means “morning mash” or the like — he is, after all, a vegetarian.

McCartney the Tart is not only no gentleman, turns out he’s an utter wanker. Partee-on, Obama, partee-on, wanker.

Reading Into Bush’s Book List
By Richard Cohen
Tuesday, December 30, 2008

In what without a doubt is the most astounding op-ed piece of the year, Karl Rove reveals that his friend and former boss, George W. Bush, has read probably hundreds of books over the course of his presidency. One of them was Albert Camus’ “The Stranger,” with its unforgettable opening lines: “Mother died today. Or perhaps it was yesterday, I don’t know.” After reading Rove’s Wall Street Journal column, it’s clear there’s much we all don’t know.

Bush’s choice of the Camus classic is odd on the face of it. It is a novel about estrangement, about an amoral, irreligious man (Meursault) who never shows emotion. It is a book out of my Gauloise-smoking youth, read in the vain pursuit of women of literary bent, and not something I would think an over-60 president would read. Maybe this is what happens when you have to give up jogging.

In his column, Rove says that Bush read 95 books in 2006 alone. In 2007, he read 51 books and as of last week, he had read 40 in 2008. The numbers are precise because Bush challenged Rove to a contest: who could read the most books. Rove always won, but Bush had the ready excuse that he was, as he put it, busy being “Leader of the Free World.” This, though, is not an excuse. As Dwight Eisenhower once told me (I’m not making this up), he had more time as president to dabble in painting than he did in retirement. Such is the virtue of The Bubble.

Rove appreciates that he’s written a caricature-buster. “In the 35 years I’ve known George W. Bush, he’s always had a book nearby,” he writes. “He plays up being a good ol’ boy from Midland, Texas, but he was a history major at Yale and graduated from Harvard Business School. You don’t make it through either unless you are a reader.”

As might be expected, most of Bush’s books have been biographies and histories. Biographies are usually about great men who often did the unpopular thing and were later vindicated. As for histories, they are replete with cautionary tales. That might explain how the 1961 classic, Hugh Thomas’s “The Spanish Civil War,” made it onto this year’s presidential reading list. Had Hitler (and Mussolini) been stopped in Spain, much misery would have been avoided. Substitute Iraq for Spain and you have, for the president, some reassuring bedtime reading.

Still, the fact remains that Bush is a prodigious, industrial reader, and this does not conform at all to his critics’ idea of who he is. They would prefer seeing him as a dolt, since that, as opposed to policy or ideological differences, is a briefer, more bloggish explanation of what went wrong. Still, in fairness to these critics (see Rove above), Bush himself has encouraged this approach. Aw shucks is an infuriating defense of a policy (– Continued).

Dot-Red Related/Reading:

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