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kskiska Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-06-05 10:32 PM
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NYT: Bush's Official Reading List, and a Racy Omission
By ELISABETH BUMILLER

If you ask the White House what President Bush is reading these days, the press office will call back with the official list: "His Excellency: George Washington" by Joseph J. Ellis, "Alexander Hamilton" by Ron Chernow and, not least, the Bible.

What the official list omits is Tom Wolfe's racy new beer- and sex-soaked novel, "I Am Charlotte Simmons." The president, a fan of Mr. Wolfe, has not only read the book but also is enthusiastically recommending it to friends.

It is unclear exactly what Mr. Bush liked so much about the book, which is told from the point of view of Charlotte Simmons, a young woman from the God-fearing backwoods of North Carolina who is the first in her family to go to college. Charlotte, who is at first shocked by the booze and debauchery she encounters at Mr. Wolfe's Dupont University, modeled on Duke among others, eventually succumbs in a chapter-long deflowering scene at the hands of a drunken fraternity rat. Then she sinks into depression.

Mr. Bush, who was the hard-drinking, hard-partying president of Delta Kappa Epsilon, the jock fraternity at Yale, is also the father of two partying daughters, Jenna and Barbara. Jenna graduated last year from the University of Texas and Barbara from Yale, and on neither campus is the milieu of Charlotte Simmons entirely foreign.

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http://nytimes.com/2005/02/07/politics/07letter.html
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Sannum Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-06-05 10:35 PM
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2. He can read?
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dflprincess Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-06-05 10:40 PM
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6. Perhaps he listened to it on tape
or he's confused and he overheard the twins talking about their college days.
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PartyPooper Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-06-05 11:11 PM
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9. Of course, Junior has the abridged "audio" version.
:eyes:
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VegasWolf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-06-05 10:36 PM
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3. Damn, and i thought that he was finally getting around to Leo's
book War and Peace.
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Psephos Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-06-05 10:37 PM
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4. Charlotte Simmons is a good book n/t
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genieroze Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-06-05 10:39 PM
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5. Where's "My Pet Goat"?
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Redneck Socialist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-06-05 10:42 PM
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7. If he's a fan of The Electric Koolaide Acid Test
that might explain a lot of his behavior.
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liveoaktx Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-06-05 10:46 PM
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8. Guardian: Digested "I am Charlotte Simmons"
http://books.guardian.co.uk/digestedread/story/0,6550,1...

Well, ah-ull be darned," said Charlotte's mother, "Fancy a hillbilly's daughter go-un to Dupont".
Charlotte grimaced at the way her mammy said ah-ull and go-un. She wished she would shut up. "I am Charlotte Simmons," she said to herself.

The cleverest girl ever to leave Sparta, North Carolina felt crippled inside. Her roommate was so posh.

******NO wonder Shrub relates.
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kskiska Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-06-05 11:12 PM
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10. I don't believe he's read any of this stuff
If he can't be bothered to read a newspaper, how can he manage 20-30 pages of a book each day?
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RandomKoolzip Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-07-05 12:20 AM
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11. Wolfe's a conservative.
Tommy Wolfe's one of the few "safe" novelists that conswervatives can
call their own. The dude's a major league asshat and a big time repub booster. That cute white tuxedo hides a black, black heart, jim.


Likely we won't be seeing David Foster Wallace or Phillip Roth on Bush's list any time soon.

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Gopens Donating Member (275 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-07-05 12:27 AM
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12. Sorry, I don't believe for a second that Bush read it
Have you seen the size of that thing? There's no way he has the attention span to slog through it. No way.

The White House is just saying he read it because the book has earned rave reviews in conservative circles. I haven't read it, but I gather poor Charlotte gets all debauched and then pays a big price for it. The right is big on retribution, you know.
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RandomKoolzip Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-07-05 12:31 AM
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13. I dunno.....
I think we consistently misunderestimate Bush's intelligence.
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AuntiBush Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-07-05 12:32 AM
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14. You know, he reminds me of
Edited on Mon Feb-07-05 12:34 AM by AuntiBush
a guy I once knew whom was a major alcoholic and druggie. Up and down the ladder and in-between, he'd roam around promoting his AA pride and part-time religious banter. Mr. Holier-than-Thou would forget very quickly 'where he came from,' losing all compassion for others.

One day, we figure him out. If he couldn't have what he truly craved so he'd make sure other's would feel his guilt by preaching to them...

Now, his mind is eroded with anger, and self-righteousness as no one goes near him any longer - he's one mean, angry guy, but hey, he's sober now and better than you. He truly believes in himself, too and believes everyone owes him. It was the drugs and liquor that eroded his mind, and now everyone avoids him.

In the end, we learned he was ignored and mistreated by a dominate mother and father was never ever there.
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Conservativesux Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-07-05 12:44 AM
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15. "Dominate mother and father was never ever there"? Sounds like *'s family.
Yikes, I am glad my mother wasnt Barbara * !

I almost feel sorry for *, almost.
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-07-05 01:29 AM
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16. Bush is reading Tom Wolfe and I'm doing brain surgery
Who BELIEVES this cr@p?

lol
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cire4 Donating Member (580 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-07-05 03:20 AM
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17. Too bad he didn't discover the joy of reading sooner
If he did, maybe he would have actually taken a look at that August 2001 PDB.
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Liberty Belle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-07-05 03:34 AM
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18. White House Letter: Why Is Bush Reading Tom Wolfe? Don't Ask!
Feb. 7, 2005

WHITE HOUSE LETTER: WHY IS BUSH READING TOM WOLFE? DONT ASK

If you ask the White House what President George W. Bush is reading these days, the press office will call back with the official list: "His Excellency: George Washington," by Joseph J. Ellis, "Alexander Hamilton" by Ron Chernow and, not least, the Bible.
.
What the official list omits is Tom Wolfe's racy new beer- and sex-soaked novel, "I Am Charlotte Simmons." The president, a Wolfe fan, has not only read the book but is enthusiastically recommending it to friends.
.
It is unclear exactly what Bush liked so much about the book, which is told from the point of view of a young woman from the God-fearing backwoods of North Carolina, Charlotte Simmons, the first in her family to go to college. Charlotte, who is at first shocked by the booze and debauchery she encounters at Wolfe's Dupont University, modeled on Duke among others, eventually succumbs in a chapter-long deflowering scene at the hands of a drunken fraternity rat. Then she sinks into depression.. . .
.
http://www.iht.com/articles/2005/02/06/news/letter.html
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Skittles Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-31-69 05:59 PM
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all f***ing LIES
that bastard reads nothing more than maybe comic books
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Hatalles Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-31-69 05:59 PM
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Are you sure Tom Wolfe is a repuke?
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RandomKoolzip Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-31-69 05:59 PM
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There's more than one Tom Wolfe in the US.
The novelist doesn't live in Evanston.
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MarianJack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-31-69 05:59 PM
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If the Dumbass Actually Read It,...
...he's probably just being nostalgic for his drinkin' gangbang days. What an absolute PUTZ! :puke:
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imenja Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-31-69 05:59 PM
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1. I'm relieved to learn he reads at all
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NVMojo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-07-05 03:34 AM
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19. ...as the chimp wanks off happily ever after ....
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RandomKoolzip Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-07-05 03:34 AM
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20. Well, Wolfe's one of the few "safe" novelists that conswervatives can
call their own. The dude's a major league asshat and a big time repub booster. That cute white tuxedo hides a black, black heart, jim.

Likely we won't be seeing David Foster Wallace or Phillip Roth on Bush's list any time soon.
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OffWithTheirHeads Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-07-05 03:34 AM
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21. Oh please,
Edited on Mon Feb-07-05 12:20 AM by tmfun
that idiot can't grasp the plot of Dick and Jane. Run Spot run! See Dick run. See Dick Dick Condeleesa!
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kskiska Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-07-05 03:34 AM
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22. DUPE
Same article, different source.
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