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Friday, August 13, 2004

the neo-president

Via another George at The Future Shock of the Near Past, we hear about George W Bush as the Keanu of the US Presidency:



In this respect he is like an expensive, hand-waxed automobile, gleaming in the darkness of a garage. The car is intended for rapid motion and for public display. When its owner-driver is at the dinner table, he has no need of the car. "The celebrity displays personality," explains Michael Rogin. "He pleases others; intimate before the mass audience, he plays at privacy in public. Neither a repressed interior nor an intractable reality exercise claims over the celebrity for he exists in the eye of the beholder." If Bush "plays at privacy" in public, he cannot act "for real" in private, because he is now in a realm where substance and depth, rather than sheer surface, are called upon.

For example, here's George W Bush this week reprising his title role in William Gibson's hodge-podge wonderflop blockbuster Johnny Mnemonic:


KING: Does the buck, though, stop with you?

G. BUSH: Absolutely.

KING: President Kennedy was told the Bay of Pigs would go smoothly and then he took the rap. He said...

G. BUSH: I'm taking the rap, too, of course.

KING: So the buck does stop...

G. BUSH: Absolutely. That's what elections are about. The American people can go in that voting booth and decide whether or not...

KING: So is that what led you to say on that ship that the battle is over?

G. BUSH: No, I didn't say that. Now, let's be careful about that. I went on that aircraft carrier to thank a crew.

KING: The sign said it, I think.

G. BUSH: No, the sign said, "Mission accomplished." It didn't say the battle was over. It said, "Mission accomplished."

Now remember in that short story/film, Johnny uploaded vital corporate secrets to his brain which prevented him from having much of a memory. So I guess its the missing Enron files still in there that prevent him from recalling these actual words on the carrier deck:


Thank you. Thank you all very much. Admiral Kelly, Captain Card, officers and sailors of the USS Abraham Lincoln, my fellow Americans, major combat operations in Iraq have ended. In the battle of Iraq, the United States and our allies have prevailed.

[...]

The battle of Iraq is one victory in a war on terror that began on September the 11th, 2001 and still goes on.


Woah. Quite the command performance, Keanu. Makes you want to stay tuned for more hilarious hijinks from Dick and George's Excellent Neo-Colonial Adventure.



2 Comments:

  • Glad you picked this out from the blog. The Peter Sellers movie ("Being There") they cited in the article sounded interesting too.
    Cheers,
    --Geo.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:58 am  

  • Glad you picked this out from the blog. The Peter Sellers movie ("Being There") they cited in the article sounded interesting too.
    Cheers,
    --Geo.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:00 am  

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