Monday, December 15, 2008

The Shoe Drops

"Mr. Maliki’s security agents jumped on the man, wrestled him to the floor and hustled him out of the room. They kicked him and beat him until “he was crying like a woman,” said Mohammed Taher, a reporter for Afaq, a television station owned by the Dawa Party, which is led by Mr. Maliki. Mr. Zaidi was then detained on unspecified charges.

[President Bush] called the incident a sign of democracy, saying, “That’s what people do in a free society, draw attention to themselves,” as the man’s screaming could be heard outside."

- The New York Times, Dec 14, 2008

Sometimes real life can outdo the best fiction.


??! said...

Dammit! I was just linking to the video. Now I'm not posting.

Bush was quick though, huh?

Falstaff said...

??!: He was quick. He may be a lame duck, but his ducking sure ain't lame. Though I suppose having a head that empty means you can move it faster.

Annamari said...

I also think he improved his reflexes while trying to dodge responsibility.

km said...

Man of the Year 2008.

Should Nike use him as their spokesman, I will *strongly* consider buying from them.

km said...

And by "him", I meant the ducker, not the duckee.

blackmamba said...

@km, heh on the Nike comment. Just do it - sounds so right with that video clip.

They should consider hiring him a lawyer now.

Also, after all those years of hanging out with Cheney, Bush better be a good duckee.

Falstaff said...

annamari: To be fair, Bush doesn't usually dodge responsbility, he just denies there's anything to dodge responsibility for.

km: True. They could even come up with a special line - they could call them Airhead Bush.

BM: No, no - don't you know that Cheney is the key to Bush's personal security strategy - the reason he never needs to fear assassination attempts? Who would try to kill him knowing that that would only increase Cheney's power?

Cheshire Cat said...

Well, Bush sure is a sign of democracy, so anyone and anything can be, right?

That last sentence in the NYT article has a Felix Feneon feel to it.