OK, I admit I have never personally read anything by the French philosopher Albert Camus (can you say existential?), but then again, I’m not the leader of the free world, so most people I know don’t expect me to be conversant in the world’s great philosophers.
We know that President Bush’s taste in reading runs to the pedestrian and the juvenile, but last night on the continuing MSNBC interview by Brian Williams of Bush, the president said, “I was looking for something to read at the ranch and Laura said, ‘Here, try this,’” handing him The Stranger, the story of a man of questionable character.
“And I read three Shakespeares, too!” he proclaimed proudly. Really? Is that like reading three Jackie Collins in the summer? Forgive me if I’m a bit skeptical about Bush’s summer reading list, given that in the past he’s stuck to lighter fare, like a Joe DiMaggio biography.
If the president wants us to think that he’s gotten all cerebral on us, I’d rather have him speak thoughtfully on how we’re going to really help Louisiana, which still looks like Hurricane Katrina hit it last month, and not last year. I’d prefer to have him seek out some new advice on getting out of Iraq, rather than hearing the administration’s renewed proclamations questioning the patriotism of those who don’t agree with their failing strategy in the Middle East.
And, as long as I’m wishing for the impossible here, can someone teach him how to say nuclear correctly?