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Time For A Photo Op

Even the death of Zarqawi hasn’t helped the poll numbers after Haditha and the Gitmo suicides are factored in, so it was time for the new and improved visit to Iraq. This time the Shrubbery proved that things were better by leaving the airport to go to the Green Zone, and flying in during the day.

I’m sure Iraqis are really impressed with their sovereignty when their elected leader was called to an imperial audience with the Shrubbery on five minutes notice.

The Shrubbery was apparently worn out by the flight because the sound clips all feature him correctly pronouncing the name of the country instead of using the pseudo-redneck “Eye-rack” that was the norm for so long. He has had a lot of trouble lately staying in character as a West Texas “goat-roper”.


1 andante { 06.14.06 at 2:55 pm }

I just sprayed coffee on my monitor.

A good friend uses the phrase “goat-ropin'” to describe any event that is inefficient, pretentious, unorganized and chaotic….it cracks me up every time.

That’s as good a description of the Bush administration as any I’ve ever heard – a goat ropin’.

2 Bryan { 06.14.06 at 3:11 pm }

Goat-roper has a less than complimentary meaning specific to West Texas and is used down here to describe a couple of annual military “competitions” that involve doing things that are no longer done in the real world – like the hand pumper competitions by volunteer fire departments in upstate New York.

3 Steve Bates { 06.14.06 at 11:57 pm }

I’m generally OK with historical re-creations… those I’ve been involved in have been in the musical world; in fact, I worked for years with a musician who was (and is once again) in the Governor’s Palace orchestra in Colonial Williamsburg… but as you say, there has to be something authentic about the re-creations, e.g., high-quality performances of music from, say, Jefferson’s personal library. Among my colleagues, no goat-ropin’ was tolerated; e.g., the fact that everyone was playing an historical instrument (or a close copy) was never an excuse for playing out of tune.

I wish I could say the same of our current Executive branch. Jeez, if we had played that badly, we’d have been laughed or booed off the stage.

4 Bryan { 06.15.06 at 1:28 am }

I rather think we are being booed off the world stage.