Daily Archives: February 20, 2007

The Two Georges: Bush v Washington

The Two GeorgesThe president visited Mount Vernon today to pose with an actor posing as George Washington posing as if Bush wasn’t there. Which, of course, he wasn’t.

During the short Q&A that followed the posing, Mr Bush compared Iraq to the American Revolution and himself to Washington:

“With the advantage of hindsight, it is easy to take George Washington’s successes for granted,” Mr. Bush said after enumerating Washington’s achievements as commander of the Continental Army and later as president. But “America’s path to freedom was long and it was hard,” he continued, “and the outcome was never really certain.”

The press-clatch quickly applauded a rare occasion when the president managed to string two whole sentences together without reading them off a teleprompter, and then, marveling at his knowledge, asked how he had come by it.

“I’m reading about George Washington still,” the president told reporters….

Witness can now reveal that the book Mr Bush has been reading for the last two weeks is Mary Louise Barnhoff’s The Big Book of George Washington. Ms Barnhoff is a third-grade teacher in Altoona, Pennsylvania. We reached her by phone. Continue reading