March 12, 2004

Bushy Bushie

James Zogby, president of the Arab American Institute, urged Bush to withdraw one of the new ads because it illustrates the section on terrorism with a picture of an olive-skinned man with bushy eyebrows. (ABC News)

I may not have the eyebrows, but I’m middle-eastern-looking. When I grow up, I want to star in a Bush attack ad!

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And, please, go directly to this ad parody.

Posted by James at March 12, 2004 2:45 AM
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I liked the ad parody, but looking through the comments it appears that many people saw/will see it as a sincerely pro-Bush ad.

Posted by: Julie at March 12, 2004 9:27 AM

Really, Jules? It looked to me like everyone there was in on the joke. The parody hasn't reached a high google rank yet! :)

Posted by: James (DrMomentum) at March 12, 2004 10:02 AM

Perhaps "many people" was an exaggeration, but ever since that "So glad I voted for Bush" bumper sticker, I'm never really sure whether a pro-Bush comment is sarcastic, or sincerely stupid.

Here is the quote that sounds most sincerely pro-Bush:

This is freaking so close to brilliant I almost want to hire you. Too bad Bush is going to lose now that he pissed off Howard Stern. Stern has been ranting and raving and is now directing his slavish minions to vote for ABB (Anyone But Bush). Don't believe me? Ask Bloomberg, Pataki and Christie Whitman. The FCC's mistake was not removing Stern quickly enough.

Maybe I need to start taking irony supplements. It sounds like a spoof of something Limbaugh would say, but it also sounds like something Limbaugh actually WOULD say.

Posted by: Julie at March 12, 2004 11:21 AM

You're right, Jules. That one is tough to call. I'll give you that one. Probably a confused person. There were other ones that were more obviously sarcastic.

Maybe HTML really does need a <sarc> tag.

Posted by: James at March 12, 2004 12:16 PM

Well, I don't think I have trouble with sarcasm outside this particular subject matter. But when the subject is Bush, some people kinda go crazy and start saying irrational things in his defense - things so crazy you think they're kidding. Then, when someone really is kidding, they don't sound much crazier than the hysterical ones.

Posted by: Julie at March 12, 2004 1:04 PM

In my defense, my perspective may be different because until recently, I lived in Bushie Country where it is much more common to hear people say such things in earnest. To them, a vote for Kerry really is a vote for the evil terrorists.

Actually, Orange County (FL, not CA) is split down the middle politically. But most of my coworkers and relatives were conservatives.

Posted by: Julie at March 12, 2004 1:08 PM

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