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Sala'am alaykum, bastard

Attention everyone who clucked that it was "bad form" to boo ex-President Bush and sing to him like he was a pitcher getting yanked at White Sox Park yesterday:

Eat a dick.

One of the crowning hypocrisies in our our country is that if you're rich enough and powerful enough, everyone has to 'respect' you no matter what awful things you say and do, and that to ever publicly call you out on your horrible behavior, let alone actually hold you accountable for your misdeeds, is disrespectful and might hurt your precious feelings on your super special day. Well, fuck that. If this were a more decent country, Bush wouldn't be heading off to some multi-million-dollar mansion; he'd be getting led off in cuffs to answer for his crimes and those of his government. Muntader al-Za'idi showed him all the respect he deserved during his last appearance in Baghdad.

I don't have the time or the inclination to go over a list of the disgraceful policies he pursued while he was in office. If I thought he ever bothered to read a book, I'd wish that he spends the rest of his arrogant life watching historians conclude that he was the worst president America ever had. But I'll say this:

He did next to nothing to capture the man responsible for the worst terrorist attack in American history. He led our country -- my country -- into a ruinous war of aggression, under utterly false pretenses, and thousands of innocent lives were lost and billions of dollars were wasted because of it. His incompetence, inaction, and cronyism led to the drowning of a great American city. He oversaw a period of corruption and war profiteering unparalleled in U.S. history. He constantly sought to expand his own executive power while whittling away at the rights of citizens he seemed to see as subjects. His pursuit of long-discredited economic policies and utter financial mismanagement helped plunge the country into an economic slump from which it literally may never recover. And he left the country in such disrepair, such debt, and such degradation that even if Barack Obama really is the national savior some people think he is, most of his term in office will be spent cleaning up the messes left by his predecessor.

And after all that, his allies still show us no respect whatsoever. They openly mock the mere suggestion of hope and change; they refer to those devastated by the economy as whiners, crybabies and "lucky duckies"; they line up for taxpayer-funded bailouts that amount to more corruption and profiteering off of human misery; and the form their loudly trumpeted support of the troops ruined by their phony war takes is endless cuts to veteran's benefits to fund their upper-class tax breaks. Bush didn't apologize for anything before he left office. He didn't even admit the possibility that he might have done anything wrong, aside from a few P.R. gaffes he tried to pawn off on underlings. His followers are already howling for the new president's blood, and on his last day in office, he announced his intention to head to his fancy new house and go fishing.

In light of all that, we're supposed to put up a respectful silence and wish him godspeed? I don't think so.

He's gone now. I know Obama will try to do better, and he may even succeed. I'm retiring this icon today. But I'm not forgiving or forgetting. I'm not paying a false respect to someone who never bothered to show any to me, who treated me and everyone I know with nothing but deceit and contempt, who saw me as nothing more than someone to be lied to and fleeced. I don't intend on living in the past, but I'm sure as shit not forgetting how we ended up with this particular present.

So long, fucker. Thank your god tonight that you led a country that doesn't much care about justice.


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Jan. 21st, 2009 01:34 pm (UTC)
So say we all, brother.
Jan. 21st, 2009 01:45 pm (UTC)
I think a lot of the "bad form" complaints were mostly because of the occasion rather than the target, thinking it reflected poorly on the the ceremony, like someone swearing in front of your grandmother. Although I don't agree and think it added to the ritual. Bush should have been stripped, strapped to a lawnmower and launched Dallaswards. Like in the fratboy edition of The Golden Bough.
Jan. 21st, 2009 02:29 pm (UTC)
It's fair enough to say that it was disrespectful of the ceremony and not the man, but if that's the case, I suggest we have an official "Boo the Fuck Out of the Outgoing President" hour immediately following the inauguration.
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Jan. 21st, 2009 01:55 pm (UTC)
I wish I coulda thrown a shoe at him, even if I'da gone to jail.
Jan. 21st, 2009 02:09 pm (UTC)
There was a lot of booing way back in the crowd on the Mall where I was, too. I admit there is some kind of kindergarten teacher instinct in me that feels bad for him, wondering if he heard that from the stage. But, first of all-- that's the whole point, he seems not to have heard it all along. And then-- it's disrespectful to boo at a TV SCREEN??
Jan. 21st, 2009 02:17 pm (UTC)
Right on, Leonard.
Jan. 21st, 2009 02:21 pm (UTC)
Eh, not surprising, that's his base.
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Jan. 21st, 2009 02:20 pm (UTC)
Everything you said.
Jan. 21st, 2009 02:30 pm (UTC)
Amen, Leonard.

> In light of all that, we're supposed to put up a respectful silence and wish him godspeed? I don't think so.

My husband and a friend and I went to a local sports bar to watch it on all the jumbo TVs. As the Obamas were seeing the Bushes off to the helicopter, various people -- including myself -- were shouting "Shut the door already!" "Get out of here!"

I boo and hissed at Cheney, and I am certain I heard other hisses.

So, thankfully not everyone is being respectful.

I "get" the idea of being respectful of the event, but if we truly did that then we wouldn't have allowed those lowlifes (Bush and Cheney) to attend. I'm confident that Cheney lied about hurting his back so he could be in a wheelchair and not have to stand for the new president, because he's that much of a dick.
Jan. 21st, 2009 03:34 pm (UTC)
Agreed on Cheney. The smug grin on his goddamned face made me want to punch him. There's no way he hurt his back moving. Fuck.
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Jan. 21st, 2009 02:33 pm (UTC)
Phew. When I first read that first paragraph I thought YOU were saying it was bad form to boo Bush. I started to panic that conservative aliens had laid eggs in your ear as you slept last night!
Jan. 21st, 2009 02:49 pm (UTC)
Think Bush is going to pull one of those classic "leave behinds"? You know like he knocks on the door like "Heeeeeey....you know, I thought I left with my sweater on the 20th but I can't find it now...can I just come in for a sec?"

But yeah, what you said.
Jan. 21st, 2009 03:01 pm (UTC)
I had this very same discussion with a friend yesterday, who lined up on the side of ceremony and felt it would be bad form to boo at the Inauguration. For my part, I wish I had been there with a cream pie to throw in his monkeyface.

The whole point of being an American citizen is that we're supposed to register our dissatisfaction with our leaders when we feel that way. To stand on ceremony and hold back the comments just because people are wearing fancy suits and giving speeches is disingenuous. In fact, booing the outgoing president at his successor's inauguration is a unique form of protest, and the pomp and circumstance of the event serves to highlight and underscore the booing, as if to say, "Dear Mr. Ex-president, you were so utterly horrible that we cannot even help but boo you at this otherwise glorious occasion. Please take care not to let the door hit you in the ass as you depart."

I think I may retire this icon as well, which is a bittersweet thing.
Jan. 21st, 2009 03:05 pm (UTC)
While I agree with [Unknown LJ tag]ortho_bob that at certain events, such as funerals, it's disrespectful to boo regardless of how despicable the booee is, I don't believe the inauguration is one of them.

Although Bush will never be brought to justice, the sound of a million people booing him will be with him to the grave. That's not something you forget, ever.

Hey, did you catch the new President acknowledging the existence of atheists?
Jan. 21st, 2009 05:31 pm (UTC)
the sound of a million people booing him will be with him to the grave
Yeah, but unfortunately, in his head, they will be chanting "Boooo-oosh! Booooo-oosh! Boooooo-oosh!"
Jan. 21st, 2009 03:25 pm (UTC)
If I'm still around when he kicks, I will fly to the gravesite for terpsichorian purposes, as well as emptying my bladder there.
Jan. 21st, 2009 03:52 pm (UTC)
My dad once told me that he thought spitting on a person was the lowest form of disrespect you could show-- more viscerally obnoxious than name-calling.

That said, George W Bush is the first person I have ever truly, honestly wished to spit on.
Jan. 21st, 2009 04:12 pm (UTC)
I guess I can understand the, "It's the occasion, not the target" argument, but I'd be a Grade A hypocrite if I agreed: I was even boo-ing Newt Gingrich when he appeared on the Jumbotron.

Leaving the Mall, as Dubya's helicopter took flight, never before have I seen more upturned middle fingers pointed skyward. End of an error, as they say.
Jan. 22nd, 2009 12:47 am (UTC)
If you took a pic, or find one, of all those raised middle fingers, I would kill to see it.
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