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Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Our President: “I’m About to Crank This Sucker Up.”

posted by on January 31 at 12:16 PM

This post over at the Newsweek Blogs is notable not just because it relays how President Bush jokingly tried to crush members of the media with an industrial tractor, but also because of the long comment thread that ensues. Most of the commenters are rightfully upset that the President couldn’t seem to stop laughing after the Secret Service pulled journalists out of the path of the multi-ton death machine, but others are upset that he didn’t actually crush the reporters:

Posted By: M D (1/31/2007 at 12:04:45 PM)
Comment: Come on, it’s not like loosing a few reporters would be a huge loss. They’re like pimps and drug dealers, you run a few down and a few more pop up to take their place.

Posted By: Conroy Boykin (1/31/2007 at 10:17:45 AM)
Comment: A good start on burying you liberal skumbuckets under tons of manure!!

Posted By: Michael Cugini (1/31/2007 at 9:35:28 AM)
Comment: Shame Chris Matthews and Keith Olberman werent’ there either to be run over. MSNBCs crack assasins and one sided biased hosts could use a good stomping to get them to see both sides of a story.

Posted By: David Jurman (1/31/2007 at 12:38:56 PM)
Comment: It’s a shame that the media didn’t mention how busy the Caterpillar plant was. It seems they always miss how good the economy is and find something to complain about. It seems the President’s tractor test opened some of their eyes. Too bad it didn’t open their minds. Dr Jurman, Monroe,ct

Posted By: Mike Hall (1/31/2007 at 8:40:51 AM)
Comment: So??? So whats a few less communist members of the press. I think the President needs a few more opportunities as this. Shame Nancy Pelosi or Ms Clinton wasn’t in the crowd.

Since there’s almost nothing that can be said to any of this, I instead close with a link to a radio show that features the late, great Don Walser (a.k.a. “God’s Own Yodeler,” a.a.k.a. “The Pavarotti Of The Plains”) singing one of the finest songs in his repertoire: “The John Deere Tractor Song.” I saw him sing it live once in Boston, and I nearly wept for the goodness of it.

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I agree, loosing a few journalists really wouldn't be a big deal.

Posted by keshmeshi | January 31, 2007 12:35 PM

#1, only if they work for Fox News

Posted by Andrew | January 31, 2007 1:25 PM

bush has already murdered hundreds of thousands more iraqis than sadam hussein, and journalists don't care about that. would they even report it if bush murdered a couple dozen of their own? maybe if the white house held a press conference and kept repeating a word they could use in headlines, like a "surge" of journalist manslaughter or how he "cut and ran over" the press corps?

that said, is bush parodying himself here?

Posted by jamier | January 31, 2007 1:31 PM

#2, or if they work for the Stranger. Oh, wait... they're not journalists.

Posted by wishful thinking | January 31, 2007 1:49 PM

I still fail to understand why people who think the Stranger is not worth their time spend their time (a) reading it and (b) insulting it.

Posted by Noink | January 31, 2007 2:19 PM


Posted by suckup | January 31, 2007 2:25 PM

I never hear the late Don Walser get mentioned outside of Texas. He was so, so great, and a huge man with a huge benificence like the Dalai Lama, plus he could yodel to make you want to run around and break shit. His regular gig at Jovita's (a restaurant in Austin run by a formerly jailed radical Latino activist) week after week helped me find the country fan within, 'before country was cool'. And seeing him open for the Butthole Surfers was trippier than anything that band threw up on the screen behind them for the following two hours. The kind of music that can help you forget, for a few minutes, that there even IS a man named George W. Bush.

R.I.P., Don.

Posted by Grant Cogswell | January 31, 2007 2:49 PM

You know, where I come from, we jail people for a few years for such things.

But maybe in Bushland the Fuhrer is above the law ...

Posted by Will in Seattle | January 31, 2007 3:35 PM

Is there any footage of this?

Posted by elswinger | January 31, 2007 4:08 PM

Keshmeshi, your loose/lose joke was wasted on these Philistines.

Posted by Fnarf | January 31, 2007 4:09 PM

Journalists, in general, are a bunch of corporately controlled muppets. From both sides of the fence.

Posted by Nick W. | February 1, 2007 3:32 AM

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