"War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things: the decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks nothing worth a war, is worse." --John Stuart Mill (1806 - 1873)

Thursday, September 23, 2004

Wheat From The Chaff

Kitty Kelley, a "journalist" about as reputable as Dan Rather, has written a new book about the Bush family. Reviews indicate that it's filled with her typical crap, but Andrew Ferguson pointed out this interesting anecdote:
Though he's disdained Yale since his graduation in 1968, George W. Bush agreed to host a 35th class reunion.

One classmate, Petra Leilani Akwai, had undergone a sex change since graduation, and partygoers waited to see the reaction of Bush--understood by all correct-thinking liberals to be a crude and backward boor.

Akwai greeted the president in the receiving line.

"You might remember me as Peter when we left Yale," she said.

"And now you've come back as yourself," Bush said.
How charming, disarming, kind, and--yes--compassionate. I doubt I could have said it as elegantly as did the supposedly tongue-tied president.