Thursday, February 28, 2008

Bush League 

We never had any use for the goddamned Celtics, but we warmed up a little to Larry Bird after he refused Ronald Reagan's invitation to visit the White House following Boston's NBA championship in 1984. (Although we must confess that our Birdmania did not reach its zenith until he traded Stephen Jackson and Al Harrington to Golden State in exchange for Mike Dunleavy and Troy Murphy.) Our rumbustious colleague Jurassicpork, at Welcome to Pottersville, informs us that Manny Ramirez of the World Series champion Red Sox recently followed Bird's example by passing up a chance to bask in the reflected glory of our current President, and was as a result favored, in his absence, with a characteristically droll jibe from the sad little fuck whose worst mistake in life, prior to 2001, had been the trading of Sammy Sosa. (Since then, of course, he has left that dubious achievement in the dust):
"I'm sorry [Papi's] running mate, Manny Ramirez, isn't here. I guess his grandmother died again," [President Bush] said to laughter. "Just kidding. Tell Manny I didn't mean it.
President. Of. These. United. States. One cannot help but wish he'd had a mother who might have helped him appreciate that certain jokes are best not made in public.

But then we cannot believe that Manny Ramirez is much offended by Mr. Bush's barbs, for the target of the President's wit undoubtedly enjoys a public approval rating considerably higher than the President's own 19%.

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