Thursday, November 09, 2006

Circa 1975 Cheney and Rumsfeld

Wow, what a day of change the last two days have wrought. Senate and the House has flipped, Britney will soon be a single mom, and Rummy will now be known as the youngest and oldest man to have held the position as Secretary of Defense. Although I applaud the change, I couldn’t help but rather than say good riddance, enlighten (okay, enlighten isn’t exactly the right word) you with a selection of his poetry.

Yes, Rumsfeld has been regularly reading his poetry to the press corps at the Pentagon since the beginning of the Administration. Hopefully you all will be a little less hostile audience than the press corps.

Here’s perhaps the best of the rest. The link on the title is a song that has been composed to accompany the poem:
The Digital Revolution
Oh my goodness gracious,
What you can buy off the Internet
In terms of overhead photography!

A trained ape can know an awful lot
Of what is going on in this world,
Just by punching on his mouse
For a relatively modest cost!


Next, the “That’s life selection”

On NATOYou may think it's something I ought to know, But I happen not to. That's life. (July 9, 2003)
On Reporters If you do something, Somebody's not goingTo agree with it. That's life. (Feb. 19, 2003)
On the BudgetIf you do anything, Someone's not going To like it and That's life. (May 7, 2002)
On LeaksLook bumpy? Sure.But you pick upAnd go on. That's life. (May 17, 2002)
On DemocracyPeople elected Those people to office.That's what they think, andThat's life. (Feb. 20, 2003)
On PeopleThey're going to have Some impact on What happens in that countryAnd that's not wrong. That's life. (Nov. 16, 2001)
On CriticismIt makes it complicated. Sometimes, it makes It difficult. That's life.(Sept. 11, 2003)

Our finale, a bit of a gem.

A Confession
Once in a while,
I'm standing here, doing something.
And I think,
"What in the world am I doing here?"
It's a big surprise.

Interview with the New York Times
May 16, 2001




Sources:
http://www.slate.com/id/2088664/
http://stuffedpenguin.com/rumsfeld/lyrics.htm

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2 comments:

Anonymous said...

HA! Maybe there's a correlation between sucky politicians and their secret desire to be artsy-fartsy.
Someone do some research.

Hoo said...

I seem to recall Manuel Noriega was a amateur poet too. I am such a nerd.