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December 11, 2008

An Arbus-Like End To George Bush, Comforter Of Man

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As the end approaches, “W” is regressing more-and-more into a familiar cocoon, seeking out the military — both masses of young conscripts paid to pay respect, as well as those either dumbstruck or simply struck — for hearty cheer and farewell.

The pictures from Tuesday’s jaunt to West Point are startlingly, if unsurprisingly revealing when you separate the non-posed, non-thoroughly staged photo-ops (1, 2) from those in which the former Yale cheerleader enters the picture (more the source of freakish attraction himself, really) and, acting more their age (and sticking closest to the females), commands some cheap giggles.

Yet, far more grotesque (and stolen, in fact), is Dubya’s embrace of the severely injured Iraq war veteran. (If you follow “The BAG,” you’d remember this.)

Highlighting the self-appointed comforter-in-Chief’s propensity for the kiss, the man famous for never reflecting and never looking back perpetrates this bitter act of false intimacy on two discernibly-transformed, all-too-young Iraq veterans at the White House just after helicoptering in from the Military Academy.

It was always my feeling this mission would end in disgrace, but now I see I’m wrong. Exceeding that, George Bush is fully landing in perversity.

(images: Larry Downing/Reuters. caption: U.S. President George W. Bush (C) visits with two U.S. Marines wounded during a suicide bomber attack in Iraq after arriving back at the White House in Washington, December 9, 2008. From left are Patrick Paul Pittman Sr., his son, Lance Corporal Patrick Paul Pittman, Jr. of Savannah, Georgia, Bush, Lance Corporal Marc Olson of Coal City, Illinois, and his mother, Pinky Kloski.)

  • Steve Bock

    Wow. Looks like he’s back at his baldy thing. And now with wounded veterans.
    As you may know, Bush has a well documented fetish for kissing, rubbing, and fondling bald men’s heads. He seems to have suppressed this fetish a few years ago(at least in public), but now that he’s feeling less pressure at the end of his term, it would appear that he’s back on the job.
    If you haven’t heard about his thing for baldies, you should check out this link. Disclosure – the site is run by 911 conspiracy wackos, but in the case of Bush’s thing for head skin, the photographic evidence is pretty overwhelming

  • cmac

    From the looks on their faces, I’m guessing those Marines are sharing a thought: Ewwww.

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  • thomas

    I think it can be said — in a merely descriptive, non-disparaging way — said that Bush is America’s first female president.

  •[email protected]/ DennisQ

    The klutzy side of George Bush is what his supporters find appealing. The Merkel thing showed how natural and relaxed he is. Why, if you or I were in the same situation, you might think the head of the German government needed a backrub, too!
    However, I don’t think Bush himself is pleased with his klutziness. He’s devised strategies to cope with ridicule – like his clown face when he exited stage right and the door was on stage left. Another defense is bullying, as when he mocked Karla Faye Tucker’s pleas for her life. The more sinister aspect of his bullying is in his foreign policy – he may actually have enjoyed reports of prisoner abuse at Abu Ghraib. This is a guy who is into cruelty in a big way – a mean-spirited klutz.

  • Annie

    At least those two fellas had parents with them. From a nursing perspective, the far-away unfocused gaze speaks to traumatic brain injury. That’s a life time of suffering, and many of these kids (I can’t bring myself to call them adults – look at them) will not be able to find employment 0 hell, no one can find employment, and they will be prone to receiving no treatment or under-treatment, falling into the criminal justice system where over 1/2 of all inpatient psychiatric care is given in the US – isn’t that special, and are at very high risk for dying prematurely and after suffering for a long while.
    The picture, to me, isn’t dissimilar to a Nazi toying with a Jew before sending him to the gas chamber after he’s done having his fun. The Wikimedia Commons just got a 100,000 image donation from Germany, and the Nazi daily life pics will be of interest, I think.
    I’m not going to apologize for that analogy, either.

  • Sergei Andropov

    I notice he’s wearing earphones. Something tells me they’re not connected to an iPod.

  • shane

    It’s so painful to look at these images. A monster inflicting his fake, unsolicited “affection” on these apparently destroyed young men, who exhibit a total lack of affect as they are fondled by the direct cause of their suffering. I’m terrifically upset to see these pictures, with their portrayal of the pure grotesqueness that is Bush. It’s obscene.

  • Landsturm

    “Look away!”(dixi)

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