George Bush and poetry

Our friend John Lundberg wrote a piece today over at Huffington Post about George Bush and poetry (John’s a poet). John referenced something at the beginning of his post that I figured had to be an urban myth. Apparently it’s not – it happened two years ago. This goes down in the annals of history, alongside Ronald Reagan’s Bible and key-cake that he sent to Iran, as some of the stupidest foreign policy initiatives ever tried by an American government.

From John:

Is America’s newest weapon in the war on terror the… acrostic poem? In December 2005, a Pakistani youth discovered that the first letter of each line of a poem in his English primer spelled out the name of “P-R-E-S-I-D-E-N-T G-E-O-R-G-E B-U-S-H.” The anonymous poem — called “The Leader” — listed the qualities of a great statesman in a series of painfully stiff rhyming couplets. Here’s the beginning (I’ll spare you the rest):

Patient and steady with all he must bear,

Ready to meet every challenge with care,

Easy in manner, yet solid as steel,

Strong in his faith, refreshingly real…


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