Saturday, May 11, 2013

The Wit and Wisdom of George Bush

1989, edition from later that year, from St. Martin's Press
Ken Brady & Jeremy Solomon
The Wit and Wisdom of George Bush, with Some Reflections from Dan Quayle
Possibly bought newish for $2.95
Worn paperback

I'd say this is closer to the style of Green and MacColl's Reagan book than to Ducovny's Nixon book, in that it's not just quotes but analysis of Bush's (and Quayle's) misspeaking.  At the time, we didn't know that George had sired a son who would say things like, "Is our children learning?" and "They misundestimated me." Reagan rambled but he sounded like he must mean something.  The Bushes (and Quayle) never gave an illusion of eloquence.  Perhaps that's why they never pissed me off that much.  I was more inclined to laugh.  And there are some still funny quotes here, among them:
  • "Those are two hypo-rhetorical questions"
  • "A thousand shining hill"
  • And of course, of Reagan, "We had triumphs, we made mistakes, we had sex...uh, setbacks."
As for Quayle, I'll try to hold off till 1992's Airhead Apparent....

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