Monday, April 11, 2005

This Just In . . .

In addition to being a scheming liar, a dry-drunk and an insufferable dope, George W. Bush has generally awful taste in music. Although Bush's iPod includes some of John Fogerty's music, for instance,
Mr. Bush had not gone so far as to include on his playlist "Fortunate Son," the angry anti-Vietnam war song about who has to go to war that Mr. Fogerty sang when he was with Creedence Clearwater Revival. ("I ain't no senator's son ... Some folks are born silver spoon in hand.") As the son of a two-term congressman and a United States Senate candidate, Mr. Bush won a coveted spot with the Texas Air National Guard to avoid combat in Vietnam.

Meanwhile, [Joe Levy of Rolling Stone] sized up the rest of the playlist of the 58-year-old president. "What we're talking about is a lot of great artists from the 60's and 70's and more modern artists who sound like great artists from the 60's and 70's," he said. "This is basically boomer rock 'n' roll and more recent music out of Nashville made for boomers. It's safe, it's reliable, it's loving. What I mean to say is, it's feel-good music. The Sex Pistols it's not."
It's probably safe to assume that Bush also does not have the latest release from Bright Eyes, "When the President Talks to God," whose ingenious lyrics include the following musings:
When the president talks to God
are the conversations brief or long?
Does he ask to rape our women's rights
and send poor farm kids off to die?
Does God suggest an oil hike
when the President talks to God?

When the president talks to God
are the consonants all hard or soft?
Is he resolute all down the line?
Is every issue black or white?
Does what God says ever change his mind
When the president talks to God?

When the president talks to God
does he fake that drawl or merely nod —
agree which convicts should be killed,
which prisons should be built and filled,
which voter fraud must be concealed
when the president talks to God?

When the president talks to God
I wonder which one plays the better cop.
"We should find some jobs, the ghetto's broke."
"No, they're lazy, George -- I say we don't.
Just give 'em more liquor stores and dirty coke.
That's what God recommends."

When the president talks to God
do they drink near beer and go play golf
while they pick which countries to invade,
which Muslim souls can still be saved?
I guess God just calls a spade a spade
When the president talks to God.

When the president talks to God
does he ever think maybe he's not?
That that voice is just inside his head
when he kneels next to the presidential bed?
Does he ever smell his own bullshit
When the president talks to God?

I doubt it. I doubt it.
UPDATE: Let's make this interesting. Leave a comment that suggests a song or group of songs that George W. Bush should have in his iPod. Pass this link along to a friend by clicking the little letter icon in the "comments" line, and let's compile a lengthy, comprehensive batch of music that might help the President be less of a destructive force in the world. After a week or so I'll make a CD and send it to Blake Gottesman (Bush's personal aide), who is responsible for downloading music onto the president's iPod. The only rule is that these songs can not have already appeared on the "Rock Against Bush" compilations. Go nuts.

UPDATE #2: Someone reminded me that Bush might have an iPod Photo, so I'll also be sending him an alluring selection of Jeff Gannon photos. Just in case he's into that sort of thing.

UPDATE #3: Or maybe I should just send W. some photos of his daughter freak dancing at a bachelor party (link courtesy of Sonic Nurse).