Thursday, May 22, 2008

That's What I Call Art!

In 2003, an unknown Bush administration official ordered historic diplomatic photographs removed from a State Department hall leading to the building's main cafeteria. They replaced them with huge color glossies documenting the diplomatic accomplishments of Bush, Cheney and Rice. Go figure. I didn't even know they made any accomplishments.

What were the original historic photos?
There was an original political cartoon from the Jefferson era showing Britain and France pick-pocketing the Americans; there were pictures of negotiations with Indian tribes over land; President Woodrow Wilson at Versailles; former secretary of state Elihu Root somewhere; Roosevelt and Churchill signing the Atlantic Charter; former secretary of state James A. Baker III and former Soviet foreign minister Eduard Shevardnadze in cowboy boots at Jackson Hole; a splendid shot of the old State Department building; and a photo of President Ronald Reagan at a meeting with a very young Colin L. Powell seated behind him.
But this is what makes true art: the Bush photos have recently been modified with some very cool mustaches. These artistic embellishments were quickly cleaned up, and the mustache artist is still unknown. I'm shocked that none of Bush's domestic surveillance programs caught the perpetrator!

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