George W. Bush’s Rocket To Obscurity

The Forgotten Man

The Dallas Morning News reports that former President Bush is on a slow road to nowhere in the mysteries of the Internet.  In Google searches for “bush library”   The George W. Bush Presidential Center ranks below Dad and below a blog on the Library-to-be that hasn’t been updated since May 2007.

The News goes to the gnomes of Search Engine Land, who advise the former Chief  Executive to make friends online.


Washington Re-Worked

Dead White European Males, Monumental Addition 


The Washington Post
marks President’s Day Eve profiling Chicago artist Kerry James Marshall, who offers an entertaining add-on to the Washington Monument.

What finer place to commemorate Nat Turner’s  turner-nat-slave-rebellion.jpg  slave rebellion?

The sly artist told the Post that  Barack Obama’s election  is all well and good…

But the moment that Nat Turner appears on a postage stamp…is more of a turning point.”


America Elsewhere

David Plouffe: Let The Eagle Soar  american-eagle-democracys-ace-champion.jpg

Barack Obama campaign wizard David Plouffe appears to be following the well worn path of other political advisers: make your name in America, then make a killing advising foreign tyrants on prettying up.

Plouffe is traveling to Azerbaijan to meet second generation oil despot and President Ilham Aliyev.  aliyevs1.jpg  Poppy was a Brezhnev crony and KGB general reborn after the Soviet Union’s dissolution as maximum leader of the Caspian kleptocracy, and sonny Aliyev currently presides, with his fetching wife Mehriban. aliyev-jr-mehriban-aliyeva-jackets.jpg

It’s a land of enchantment.  At home the Azerbaijanis enjoy  aliyev-heydar-statue-with-tykes.png    a cult of personality built around former President Heydar Aliyev and fixed elections,  aliyev-azerbajan-elections-for-kids.png while abroad the Aliyev’s enjoy collecting pictures of themselves with world leaders from Bushes   aliyev-bush.jpg          aliyev-bush-jr.jpg to Clinton aliyev-clinton.jpg  to  Belorussian Strongman    Alexancer Lukashenko.aliyev-mehriban-aliyeva-presents-a-souvenir-to-belarus-president-alexander-lukashenko.jpg


Hiring Plouffe would be a step up for the Aliyevs.   A previous thrust for swankiness entailed renting out Mount Vernon to try and link the Father Of Their Country to George Washington, an event graced by the presence of Bush family Consiliari James Baker.



The Bush Administration’s Photo Finish

Fun Bunch  chao1.JPG

Michael Wiseman in The Washington Post asks an interesting question as the Bushies leave Washington: who gets their stuff?

There’s a lot of it.

In February 2001, the Bush administration began an extraordinary portraiture deployment across all levels and locations of government. It’s time to call those troops home.”

Wiseman’s Post piece focuses on the personality cult photo homage assembled outside her office by Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao.  She has  accumulated 130 photos in this one area of the sizable Labor Department building.  Thirty-nine of them feature Chao solo, twenty more with President Bush and other administration greats, and fourteen Chao-less of Bush solo or with minions.

An Air About Her  chao-ground-zero.jpg

Chao has been there since the beginning, the only Cabinet Secretary to survive the entire Bush era. When she’s not giving  dental technicians incurable lung disease  Chao is half of a Washington Fun Couple with beloved Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell,  currently masquerading as the defender of the taxpayer against an Obama economic stimulus and killer of the auto loan.

Now that the Bush people are leaving, what to do with these iconic images of has-been hacks?

The Bush-bunch icons are public property. I suggest that all of them be auctioned to souvenir hunters. The money raised might be used, in part, to restore the lights in the Roosevelt Memorial or to repair a Metro escalator or two.

Or perhaps to repay taxpayers for their $14 million dollars spent in part on the Elaine Chao Auditorium at the University of Louisville’s Mitch McConnell Center.


Our Past Presidents: Dead? Sure, But How Were Their Abs?

 “I have always wondered…

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out of pure interest what state do you think the bodies of our founding fathers

are like? or others like Abraham Lincoln? do they get embalmed?”

One of the many paths to presidential knowledge, demonstrated by “indian23” in’s forum.