Tuesday, December 06, 2005

P is for President

Sorry for not posting yesterday. Blogger was having "maintenance," which is apparently what they call it when they kill the server without telling you. Anyway, this isn't totally newsworthy anymore, but still, it's too good to skip. Thanks to Stuart for the tip.

Pakistan deletes 'pro-Bush' poem

So a Pakistani textbook was found recently to include a poem in which the first letters of each line spell out "President George W Bush." No one knows how it got there, and the education ministry plans to remove it, but I am shocked, SHOCKED(!) at this scandal. I mean, this is a really, really badly written poem. Look at this:

THE LEADER by anonymous
Patient and steady with all he must bear,
Ready to meet every challenge with care,
Easy in manner, yet solid as steel,
Strong in his faith, refreshingly real.
Isn't afraid to propose what is bold,
Doesn't conform to the usual mould,
Eyes that have foresight, for hindsight won't do,
Never backs down when he sees what is true,
Tells it all straight, and means it all too.
Going forward and knowing he's right,
Even when doubted for why he would fight,
Over and over he makes his case clear,
Reaching to touch the ones who won't hear.
Growing in strength he won't be unnerved,
Ever assuring he'll stand by his word.
Wanting the world to join his firm stand,
Bracing for war, but praying for peace,
Using his power so evil will cease,
So much a leader and worthy of trust,
Here stands a man who will do what he must.

And Pakistanis wonder why they have a literacy rate of 45%. If I had to learn to read on this shit, I wouldn't know how either. Regarding the mysterious origin of this poem, I have a theory: The Prez wrote it himself. Remember how when you were in elementary school and you had to write these acrostics with your name? Well, maybe the President's personal tutor (Andrew Card?) had him write one, for practice with rhyming, and he gave it to President Musharraf as a present, and things just went from there. Sometimes people's moms put them on the refrigerator, sometimes presidents of other nations put them in their textbooks.


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