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Obliviously On He Sails (2004) [Collection]
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Does the Bush Administration sound any better in rhyme? In this biting array of verse, it at least sounds funnier. Calvin Trillin employs everything from a Gilbert and Sullivan style, for describing George Bush’s rescue in the South Carolina primary by the Christian Right ("I am, when all is said and done, a Robertson Republican"), to a bilingual approach, when commenting on the President’s casual acknowledgment, after months of trying to persuade the nation otherwise, that there was never any evidence of Iraqi involvement in 9/11: "The Web may say, or maybe Lexis-Nexis / If chutzpa is a word they use in Texas."

Trillin deals not only with George W. Bush but with the people around him—Supreme Commander Karl Rove and Condoleezza (Mushroom Cloud) Rice and Nanny Dick Cheney ("One mystery I’ve tried to disentangle: / Why Cheney’s head is always at an angle . . .") The armchair warriors Trillin refers to as the Sissy Hawk Brigade are celebrated in such poems as "Richard Perle: Whose Fault Is He?" and "A Sissy Hawk Cheer" ("All-out war is still our druthers— / Fiercely fought, and fought by others.").


  • George W. Bush and Nanny Dick
  • Jesus and Mammon Team Up to See George W. Bush Through the Primaries
  • The Jesus-Mammon Team Triumphs, Thanks to a Last-Minute Five-Pointer by the Supreme Court
  • The Supporting Cast Enters from Stage Right
  • Big Shots on Crime Spree; Billions Looted; Few Arrests Made
  • Lobbyists, Heiresses, and Others in Need of Compassion
  • Just Invade Something
  • Assorted Irrelevant Countries
  • The Charge of the Sissy Hawk Brigade
  • The Crooked Path to War
  • Where Have All the Weapons Gone?
  • Republican Nation Building

Original title: Obliviously On He Sails: The Bush Administration in Rhyme
Original languages: English


Genre: PoetryHumorous
FictionGeneral FictionHumorSatire

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Language: English

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ISBN: 1400062888

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