Friday, April 08, 2005

Bush: Our Beloved President

Recent polls have Bush's numbers are a new low for his presidency, as well as historically for any second term President ever this soon after re-election. Well, it only gets worse for the Boy King when he ventures outside his bubble. At the Pope's funeral in Rome [via The Talent Show]...
He remarked on how affected he was by the services, particularly the music and the sight of the plain casket being carried out with the sun pouring down on it. As he viewed the pope's body, Bush said, he felt "very much at peace" and "much more in touch with his spirit."

[...] When Mr. Bush's face appeared on giant screen TVs showing the ceremony, many in the crowds outside St. Peter's Square booed and whistled.

Booed at the Pope's funeral. Ouch.

Ahh, makes me think of a story that only unforgiving and bitter sports fans will understand...

Back in the early 90s, Boston signed over-the-hill slugger/whiffer Jack Clark. He sucked for two years in a Sox uniform and then retired. His big contract and poor performance made him an unpopular figure with fans.

One day (the year after he retired) I was sitting through a rain delay at Fenway, and the scoreboard screen was showing an episode of "This Week In Baseball." There was a pre-game interview with some random Sox player on the show, and in the background of the shot, Jack Clark walked by to get into the batting cage. The rain-soaked Fenway faithful erupted in boos. That's right, a year after retiring, they booed the guy because he walked by onscreen. That is the toughest sports town...

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