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Obliviously on He Sails: The Bush Administration in Rhyme

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Publisher Comments:

Does the Bush Administration sound any better in rhyme? In this biting array of verse, it at least sounds funnier. Calvin Trillin employs everything from a Gilbert and Sullivan style, for describing George Bush’s rescue in the South Carolina primary by the Christian Right (“I am, when all is said and done, a Robertson Republican”), to a bilingual approach, when commenting on the President’s casual acknowledgment, after months of trying to persuade the nation otherwise, that there was never any evidence of Iraqi involvement in 9/11: “The Web may say, or maybe Lexis-Nexis / If chutzpa is a word they use in Texas.”

Trillin deals not only with George W. Bush but with the people around him—Supreme Commander Karl Rove and Condoleezza (Mushroom Cloud) Rice and Nanny Dick Cheney (“One mystery I’ve tried to disentangle: / Why Cheney’s head is always at an angle . . .”) The armchair warriors Trillin refers to as the Sissy Hawk Brigade are celebrated in such poems as “Richard Perle: Whose Fault Is He?” and “A Sissy Hawk Cheer” (“All-out war is still our druthers— / Fiercely fought, and fought by others.”).

Trillin may never be poet laureate—certainly not while George W. Bush is in office—but his wit and his political insight produce what has been called “doggerel for the ages.”

Synopsis:

The humorist and best-selling author of American Fried sheds new light on the Bush administration in a zany compendium of verses that speaks out on the president, the most prominent members of his cabinet and advisors, policy decisions, and the war in Iraq. 35,000 first printing.

About the Author

Since 1990, CALVIN TRILLIN has been The Nation’s “deadline poet,” contributing every week a piece of verse on the news. In discussing his political sympathies, he has said, “I am partial to politicians with iambic names that rhyme with a lot of disparaging words.”

Table of Contents

George W. Bush and Nanny Dick — Jesus and Mammom team up to see George W. Bush through the primaries — The Jesus Mammon team triumphs, thanks for a last-minute five-pointer by the Supreme Court — The supporting cast enters from stage right — Big shots on crime spree; billions looted; few arrests made — Lobbyists, heiresses, and others in need of compassion — Just invade something — Assorted irrelevant countries — The charge of the Sissy Hawk Brigade — The crooked path to war — Where have all the weapons gone? — Republican nation building.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307431547
Subtitle:
The Bush Administration in Rhyme
Publisher:
Random House
Author:
Trillin, Calvin
Author:
Calvin Trillin
Subject:
Topic - Political
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Presidents
Subject:
Political poetry, American
Subject:
Presidents -- United States.
Subject:
Political
Subject:
Humor/Poetry
Subject:
Humor-Politics and Business
Subject:
Journalism-Journalists
Subject:
US History-Bush, George W.
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20040601
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
112

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"Synopsis" by , The humorist and best-selling author of American Fried sheds new light on the Bush administration in a zany compendium of verses that speaks out on the president, the most prominent members of his cabinet and advisors, policy decisions, and the war in Iraq. 35,000 first printing.
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