The Dark Balloon

A weblog by Hao Lian.
A terrible secret guarded by golems.
A note that thanks you for being born, all those years ago.

Bush, Revisited

Something else is troubling me. People are beginning to use the fact that Bush stayed with the second graders after being informed about the two planes going boom-boom into two towers that would soon become the cliche of editorial cartoons for the next week or so. I can entirely see both sides' views and opinions, but I don't think it's fair to imply that Bush is an evil man because he didn't act immediately. But, hey, this post is way too serious. I'll leave the discussion to those weblogs where people sold off their sense of humor so they can subscribe to more newspapers and make of them. So here we go!

Agent: Mr. President, the two World Trade Centers are being attacked by terrorists.
Me: Holy cow. What should I do?
Agent: I haven't received word yet.
Me: (thinking) I need to leave. But I don't want to scare the kids. But my country needs me. But I like cookies.
Agent: Er, what, sir?
Me: Nothing.
Boy: (who overheard) Is it true we're being attacked, Mr. President?
Me: It is. It is.
Boy: Why, sir?
Me: Because you made God angry.
Boy: (cries)
Alter Ego: That's mean.
Me: I don't care. I have cookies.
Alter Ego: You're a stupid man.
Me: (cries)
Alter Ego: Loser.
Agent: What's wrong? (seeing Boy and President crying)
Me: He's mean to me!
Boy: He's mean to me!
Agent: I need alcohol.
Me: I'll go with you.
Boy: Can I come too?
Me: How old are you?
Boy: 8.
Me: Good enough.

[(2004 March 5) .]

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