Monday, February 28, 2005

Bush does Camus

I'm sure he remembered it from his college days...

Bush recently made a trip to Europe to reassure Europeans that he does not plan an imminent invasion of Europe to impose democracy.

When in Brussels, he spoke of Camus.

"Albert Camus said that 'Freedom is a long-distance race,' " Mr. Bush said in his opening speech about the future of the United States and Europe. "We're in that race for the duration and there is reason for optimism."

Hey that makes me more optimistic. I would have given Bush more credit all this time if I knew he were capable of quoting Camus. I'm sure if further pressed, he would have been able to identify the book the quote came from, The Fall, and discuss existentialist philosophy. Certainly he didn't just memorize one line did he?

No, he did not.

What Bush says Albert Camus said... “Albert Camus said that ‘Freedom is a long distance race.’ We’re in that race for the duration and there is reason for optimism.”

What Camus actually said: “I didn’t know that freedom is not a reward or a decoration that is celebrated with Champagne. Nor yet a gift, a box of dainties designed to make you lick your chops. Oh, no! It’s a choice, on the contrary and a long-distance race, quite solitary and very exhausting. No Champagne. No friends raising their glasses as they look at you affectionately. Alone in a forbidding room, alone in the prisoner’s box before the judges, and alone to decide in face of oneself or in the face of others’ judgment. At the end of all freedom is a court sentence; that’s why freedom is too heavy to bear, especially when you’re down with a fever, or are distressed, or love nobody.”

Now what does Albert Camus say Bush said?

Funny he cut out that part about freedom being a court sentence; I mean he could have used it to justify his military tribunals, right?

To his credit, Mr. Bush answered a call from in regard to this matter. He reminded GoBacktoTexas that the Fall also warns about terrorists who hate Freedom. When pressed for page numbers, he mumbled something about national security interests, and put Dick Cheney on the phone. Dick Cheney told me to go $#%$# myself, and promptly hung up.


Anonymous Anonymous said...


4:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow, that's lame.

1:40 PM  
Blogger gobacktotexas said...

Yes, quite lame when someone tells you to shut up, lamer yet when they do it anonymously. Compared to you, O'Reilly is a courageous man.

2:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah really. Might as well think that too many people just don't want to hear what haunts them. To see or feel or physically realize the danger posed by religious radical presidents. They have never had and never will have the guts and true manhood to walk two moons in my moccasins.
Shame on those to pop their heads in the windows of our private lives just to let their lame existance be known. Even if not for very long.
Oh well,
so long,
later on,
thanks for nothing.
Or was it really for nothing?
Did you think it was for nothing?
Why do I work my stupid job simply to add to the corrosive affect of the human virus?
Screw radicals
Screw radicals
Screw radicals
Screw radicals
Screw radicals

Thank you!

9:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


What about 10 billion in defacit?
What about no WMD?
What about no Body Armor?

Oh.. Never mind.

9:27 PM  
Anonymous aimee said...

you're a jerk!

7:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

mental midget

7:53 PM  

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