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MidwestTransplant Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-28-08 12:42 AM
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Bush Is a Book Lover (according to Rove over 1 book per week over last 3 years)
Edited on Sun Dec-28-08 12:55 AM by MidwestTransplant
Source: WSJ

With only five days left, my lead is insurmountable. The competition can't catch up. And for the third year in a row, I'll triumph. In second place will be the president of the United States. Our contest is not about sports or politics. It's about books.

It all started on New Year's Eve in 2005. President Bush asked what my New Year's resolutions were. I told him that as a regular reader who'd gotten out of the habit, my goal was to read a book a week in 2006. Three days later, we were in the Oval Office when he fixed me in his sights and said, "I'm on my second. Where are you?" Mr. Bush had turned my resolution into a contest.



Read more: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123025595706634689.html



Simply laughable. Operation legacy at its funniest. Does My Pet Goat count as one of them?

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Veritas_et_Aequitas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-28-08 12:43 AM
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1. No, George, Where's Waldo doesn't count.
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Richard D Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-28-08 12:45 AM
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2. hmmmm
hardy boys, tom swift, Dr. Seuss . . .
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JenniferJuniper Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-28-08 12:48 AM
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3. My two-year old goes through that many Caillou and Barney books
in a week.

Just movin' your eyes over all the big words doesn't count as "reading", Prince Chimpy.
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Donnachaidh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-28-08 12:49 AM
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4. ONE book a week?
Rove's a pussy. That's lightweight reading. That could be done in half a weekend at our house.
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NoPasaran Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-28-08 01:39 PM
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42. Remember, he does have to do it in his limited spare time
Left over from being a Diabolical Genius and controlling the weather.
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tinrobot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-28-08 12:50 AM
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5. My Pet Goat
I think that's the only book we know that he's read.

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NanceGreggs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-28-08 12:52 AM
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6. I'm taking this with all of the seriousness it deserves ...
... :rofl:
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Mind_your_head Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-28-08 01:00 AM
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7. Riiiiiiiiiiiiight...... eom
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Posteritatis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-28-08 01:01 AM
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8. I do admit it'd be interesting if they had their complete reading lists somewhere (nt)
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Lil Missy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-28-08 01:03 AM
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9. Wonder if he'll even read Laura's book,
since he knows the ending....
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grannylib Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-28-08 01:14 AM
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10. Well, he DID claim to have read "three Shakespeares" over the summer
Edited on Sun Dec-28-08 01:16 AM by grannylib
a few years back...I'm guessing it was the brand name on three of his fishing reels. God knows that moron couldn't read Shakespeare if he tried; he can barely manage modern English.

On Edit: Reminds me of "A Fish Called Wanda" and some dialog between Wanda and Otto:
Otto: "Apes don't read philosophy."
Wanda: "Yes, they do, Otto, they just don't understand it."

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Mz Pip Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-28-08 01:24 AM
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11. No wonder Bush doesn't have
any time to do his work. He's reading novels all the time. :eyes:
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Historic NY Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-28-08 01:34 AM
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12. Years ago we used the Sear catalog.
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Deja Q Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-28-08 06:50 AM
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30. Quite. The controversy over that 1975 issue continues to this day.

(The jury, much like the model, is hung... :evilgrin: )
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moggie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-28-08 01:40 AM
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13. He must get through a lot of crayons
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TroubleMan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-28-08 01:59 AM
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16. Lulz - I was thinking the same thing.

Coloring is hard work!
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CLANG Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-28-08 01:45 AM
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14. I call BULLSHIT!
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Libertas1776 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-28-08 01:54 AM
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15. ...
He must be reading at a Second Grade level by now...

I wonder if he got around to reading "the Monster At The End Of The Book" with grover from Sesame Street...that was always my favorite. :bounce:
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CreekDog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-28-08 02:14 AM
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17. It's true, here's what he read last week:



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Book Lover Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-28-08 02:23 AM
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18. As I said in the earlier thread about this:
if this is true, then clearly merely reading the words in a book does not enlarge the mind, nor does it deepen the soul. What are the books on these lists; histories, biographies, sports topics, popular fiction? Where is the poetry, the novel, the experimental work, the closet drama, the fairy tales, the ancient myths and legends, the classics?

Books are not talismans. The act of reading one invokes no higher wisdom when they are such poor fodder. Proudly counting the large number of spines on a bookshelf only shows that someone knows more about the act of accumulation than using a library.
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Mind_your_head Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-28-08 03:36 AM
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23. Amen n/t
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moggie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-28-08 06:18 AM
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26. Camus, for one
Remember when he claimed to have read The Stranger on vacation? Perhaps he's read Camus' The Myth of Sisyphus since then. Possibly many times.

I'm not impressed by quantity, but neither am I necessarily impressed by the quality of the books someone reads. What matters is what you get out of that reading. If all you take away from The Stranger is "the French are weird", you might as well stick to Spiderman comics.
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Book Lover Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-28-08 11:16 AM
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38. Point taken
And just to play devil's advocate, you can read a Spiderman comic and come away with a deeper understanding of how power and ability do not necessarily translate into respect from your peers, fame, or wealth.
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lolly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-28-08 11:20 AM
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39. Well, if he read Spiderman comics
Then he certainly missed the whole "Great power-great responsibility thing."
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Joe Bacon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-28-08 02:25 AM
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19. Trouble is they are comic books!
Superman one week, Batman the next, Spiderman, Fantastic Four and the month ends with the latest Iron Man :rofl:
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truthisfreedom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-28-08 03:01 AM
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20. SOMEBODY should have been doing more as President and less as weekly reader.
What a worthless schmuck.
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MADem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-28-08 03:04 AM
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21. I think he has an OCD thing working.
He got off the booze again, three years ago, and substituted reading for his addiction.
Over the last three years he's falling less, stumbling over his words less, and in general not doing "drunky" things.

He's found a new addiction.
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tom_paine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-28-08 03:17 AM
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22. WOW! I never grow tired of the audacity of lies which the Nazis and Bushies share.
It is laughable...but somehow it keeps working.

At least among the Elite Punditocracy which force-feeds it's Mental Feces through TVs all over this nation.
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aquart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-28-08 04:56 AM
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24. Let them put the books on display and let Barbara Walters quiz George.
As a gesture of good faith.
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Dover Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-28-08 05:31 AM
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25. That's surprising!
I didn't know My Pet Goat was a series....
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SalmonChantedEvening Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-28-08 06:34 AM
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27. "Mah books are cool. They come with matches. Meh heheh."
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mtnester Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-28-08 06:47 AM
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28. Are they COMIC books? Or MAD magazine?
Those I would believe.

Anything else would be simply laughable and an outright fabriation.
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jmowreader Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-28-08 01:32 PM
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41. He definitely isn't reading MAD Magazine
That book rips on politicians in general and presidents in particular, with certain exceptions--Barry Goldwater was a frequent target of their derision.
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Mari333 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-28-08 06:48 AM
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29. the 'comments' section is even creepier
some of the most atrocious verbiage I have read in a long time..

http://forums.wsj.com/viewtopic.php?t=4838

rove is putting lipstick on a pig.
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Obamanaut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-28-08 08:06 AM
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31. All different, or the same one over and over? nt
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Octafish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-28-08 09:17 AM
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32. This book made Comblicker laugh...


Personally, I will never find anything about the book funny.
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spanone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-28-08 09:18 AM
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33. true and i am a nobel laureate
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sandyd921 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-28-08 09:34 AM
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34. So Bush read instead of (maybe)
governing? That he leaves to Dick Cheney. Good way to keep him occupied while 'ol Dick did all the heavy lifting.
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arcadian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-28-08 09:45 AM
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35. Doubt it, but if he is reading one per week, doesn't he have more pressing issues to deal with?
Add that to the Crawford and Camp David time and he hasn't done jack shit.
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opihimoimoi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-28-08 09:48 AM
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36. He was supposed to read them books BEFORE he became President
not during when it won't do any good...

As usual, he got it ass backward
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L0oniX Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-28-08 09:59 AM
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37. The Destroyer, Fred the Cat, Zap, Mad, Boys Life, Nancy Drew, etc
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-28-08 01:24 PM
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40. Bush Legacy Project ploy number 6,472. Only problem is, none of them serve
to whitewash this human sepulcher.
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madamesilverspurs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-28-08 01:49 PM
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43. At best,
Cliff Notes.
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and-justice-for-all Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-28-08 05:59 PM
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44. So he read all of Doctor Seuss? nt
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