Tuesday, January 03, 2006


From the White House website. Transcript of Bush's hospital visit to gravely wounded veterans of the Iraq bloodbath. Bush refers to a scratch above his eye that has been visible for the last few days. Bush compares the "injury" he sustained while cutting down cedar brush on his Texas property to the wounds suffered by the soldiers.

This is not a joke.

"As you can possibly see, I have an injury myself -- not here at the hospital, but in combat with a Cedar. I eventually won. The Cedar gave me a little scratch. As a matter of fact, the Colonel asked if I needed first aid when she first saw me. I was able to avoid any major surgical operations here, but thanks for your compassion, Colonel."

Full transcript.

Also: did any of you see the WashPo story about Bush's "hobby" of clearing cedar brush? Apparently, the clearing serves no purpose, the land is not being used, his ranch is not a working one, and real brush-clearing is done by chemical poison. Bush just does this because he likes it. The work involves cutting down trees with a chainsaw. Bush does it for several hours every day he is in Texas. This has been his one chosen activity for many years. He often insists that he be the one who puts a match to the woodpiles, and then he watches them burn.

Update: here is the Post story about Bush clearing brush.


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