No more hid­ing in the Bushes

Bray People - - 2008 Review -

THERE IS lit­tle need to sift through the rem­nants of 2008 to re­mind you of the grey clouds that sit hov­er­ing above our is­land, re­fus­ing to be on their way. In­stead, we will look for­ward to the dawn­ing of a new year and one date in par­tic­u­lar, Jan­uary 20, when the world says ‘see ya later’ to one of the most con­tro­ver­sial char­ac­ters of the Noughties. The most ver­bally chal­lenged Amer­i­can since Clark Griswald, Ge­orge W. Bush, is about to hang up his hol­ster and yee­haw out of town.

Bush has al­ways been some­what of an enigma. Here is a man who sur­vived two terms in of­fice as the ‘leader of the Free World’ de­spite his Sad­dam Hus­sein witch-hunt which de­stroyed the lives of mil­lions of Iraqis and left the U.S. a global laugh­ing stock. Then, in his sec­ond term, he over­saw the most grave eco­nomic crash since the 1930s. Yet through the bulk of his eight years in of­fice he kept a re­mark­ably low pro­file and left it to oth­ers to clean up his mess.

Most re­cently we saw him show­ing his nim­ble abil­ity to duck when an Iraqi jour­nal­ist re­moved his shoes and flung them in the Pres­i­dent’s di­rec­tion. Nei­ther shoe con­nected with Ge­orge’s head as his re­flexes were too sharp; a ca­reer in Dodge­ball awaits.

The Amer­i­cans have pretty much writ­ten off their Texas Cow­boy and you might won­der were those tears shed on the night of Obama’s victory an il­lus­tra­tion of joy or in ac­tual fact gen­uine re­lief that Bush was fi­nally on his way.

But for all the mis­takes ‘that he may or may not have made’, Ge­orge has given us some mem­o­ries that will live on. The re­vi­sion­ists will have a field day when the his­tory books are rewrit­ten in the com­ing months and he has left us a plethora of non­sense sen­tences to keep school­child­ren gig­gling all the way up to their col­lege years.

And now, with the riches of his daddy and great-daddy’s oil ven­tures run­ning through his bankac­count blood­line, he’ll no doubt ease him­self into re­tire­ment. But don’t ex­pect him to go down the af­ter-din­ner speech route, un­less it’s to let peo­ple fling their boots at him for char­ity. Hope­fully we have suf­fered the last of the Bush dy­nasty and keep your fin­gers crossed that there’s not a third Ge­orgie hid­ing in the Bushes some­where. As the man him­self once said, ‘I think we can agree. The past is over.’ You said it Mr. Pres­i­dent.

SCOR­ING BOOTS

THE sport­ing year has ended and the Repub­lic of Ire­land soc­cer team has been given a timely boost ahead of a busy year in 2009.

With Rob­bie Keane, Damien Duff, Andy Reid, Kevin Doyle, the broth­ers Hunt and Stephen Ire­land all find­ing the back of the net re­cently, Gio­vanni Tra­p­at­toni must be feel­ing charmed. As Dun­phy has long crowed, we have the tal­ent to get the World Cup Fi­nals but the Ital­ian must re­flect on his de­ci­sions to date and ad­mit he needs to do a lit­tle fine-tuning be­fore it gets too late.

We’re well use to stubborness around th­ese parts (good to hear Big Jack tak­ing a call from his wife while do­ing a live ra­dio in­ter­view in­ci­den­tally) but one bad re­sult and the knives are al­ready sharp­ened. And be­fore long those noises from an idle man­ager in Manch­ester will be­gin to gather mo­men­tum...

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