Thursday, January 29, 2009

The Sculpture That Says It All

Once in a while a real gem comes along that is really hard to ignore. The hard right have been telling us for years in the wake of the "no show" by the Iraqi dancing multitudes to welcome the American invaders, sorry, liberators, that Iraqis are still overwhelmingly supportive of George W. Bush.
When a lonely shoe thrower hurls footware at the former US dictator, the hard right scoffs, that it's the act of a desperate lunatic - the REST of Iraq LOVES George.
So it's with bemusement and amusement to see, unveiled in Tikrit, of all places, a national monument to the projectile pitched at Bush:

A huge sculpture of the footwear hurled at President Bush in December during a trip to Iraq has been unveiled in a ceremony at the Tikrit Orphanage complex.

Keep deluding yourselves that Bush, as seen by the rest of the world and Iraq in particular, was anything but an abject failure, an object of ridicule, a clown. By all means drag up the occasional African American who didn't vote for Obama and wave them like some kind of glorified sock puppet as a means of demonstrating that - well, what exactly? That not all African Americans voted for him? Or quote Rush Limbaugh (of all people) in condemning Obama for not having turned the economy around in a week, by all means.

But until the day you show me a country that has erected a sculptural replica of a missile manually thrown at Barack Obama, don't even bother trying to convince me that he is anything less than a thousand percent improvement on the President that was (not), George W.

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