The Rittenhouse Review

A Philadelphia Journal of Politics, Finance, Ethics, and Culture

Sunday, May 23, 2004  

Barbara Bush Sr. Speaks

In “Michael Moore’s Candid Camera” (New York Times, May 23), Frank Rich begins an examination of the issues presented by Michael Moore’s new film, “Fahrenheit 9/11,” with a quote from Barbara Bush Sr., culled from her March 18, 2003, appearance on “Good Morning America.”

How I missed this one I’ll never know:

But why should we hear about body bags, and deaths, and how many, what day it’s gonna happen, and how many this or what do you suppose? Or, I mean, it’s, it’s not relevant. So why should I waste my beautiful mind on something like that? And watch him suffer.

Beautiful mind?

The “him” to which Mrs. Bush Sr. refers in the final sentence is President Idiot Mittens.

Rich also teases the film with this:

In Mr. Moore’s candid-camera portraits, a particularly unappetizing spectacle is provided by Paul Wolfowitz, the architect of both the administration’s Iraqi fixation and its doctrine of “preventive” war. We watch him stick his comb in his mouth until it is wet with spit, after which he runs it through his hair. This is not the image we usually see of the deputy defense secretary, who has been ritualistically presented in the press as the most refined of intellectuals -- a guy with, as Barbara Bush would have it, a beautiful mind.

So far at least, “Fahrenheit 9/11” sounds more than a little promising.

[Post-publication addendum (May 27): Reader L.M. writes in with a correction: “If it hasn’t been mentioned already by a few hundred if your faithful readers, the ‘him’ that Barbara Bush refers to is actually her husband, not her retarded son.” L.M. provided the transcript from the program and, well, gosh darn it, she’s right!]

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