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Obliviously On He Sails: The Bush Administration in Rhyme


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Publisher:Random House, 2004



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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 Bushs 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 Presidents 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 himSupreme Commander Karl Rove and Condoleezza (Mushroom Cloud) Rice and Nanny Dick Cheney (One mystery Ive tried to disentangle: / Why Cheneys 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 laureatecertainly not while George W. Bush is in officebut his wit and his political insight produce what has been called doggerel for the ages.

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