The Once and Future Bum

Received via the internets (a series of tubes) from multiple sources:

An old picture of George W. Bush from an unexpected quarter:

”A moment I’ve been dreading. George brought his ne’er-do-well son around this morning and asked me to find the kid a job. Not the political one who lives in Florida . The one who hangs around here all the time looking shiftless. This so-called kid is already almost 40 and has never had a real job. Maybe I’ll call Kinsley over at The New Republic and see if they’ll hire him as a contributing editor or something. That looks like easy work.”

From the just published REAGAN DIARIES. entry dated May 17, 1986.

[NOTE: Probably an internet hoax, but until I debunk it, we can all bask in the glow of those halcyon days. Just think of it: Dubya unemployed. What great days for this country they were, and will be again. – HW]

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OK. Back. debunked. Took one click after the following Google™ search:

“Reagan diaries” bush neer do well

http://urbanlegends.about.com/b/a/256571.htm

quoted between the ‘=’ (technical issue don’t ask):

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Reagan: G.W. Bush a ‘Ne’er-Do-Well’
Via Museum of Hoaxes: An alleged quote from Ronald Reagan’s diaries purportedly revealing his none-too-favorable assessment of G.W. Bush’s abilities is currently making the Internet rounds (example here). It goes like this:

Direct quote from the just published REAGAN DIARIES.

The entry is dated May 17, 1986.

“A moment I’ve been dreading. George brought his ne’re-do-well son around this morning and asked me to find the kid a job. Not the political one who lives in Florida. The one who hangs around here all the time looking shiftless. This so-called kid is already almost 40 and has never had a real job. Maybe I’ll call Kinsley over at The New Republic and see if they’ll hire him as a contributing editor or something. That looks like easy work.”

It wasn’t hard to track the passage back to its original source and prove it inauthentic. “The quotation is pulled from an article titled ‘My Lunch with Reagan‘ by Michael Kinsley in the New Republic (vol. 237, issue 1, 7/2/07),” notes Museum of Hoaxes curator Alex Boese. “And, not surprisingly, the quotation is taken out of context. In its original context it’s easy to tell that it’s meant as a joke.”

Monday August 20, 2007

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Well, a kid can dream, can’t he? Meantime, exercise a little skepticism. Don’t believe everything you read. My stuff MOST of all.

Courage.

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About Hart Williams

Mr. Williams grew up in Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas and New Mexico. He lived in Hollywood, California for many years. He has been published in The Washington Post, The Kansas City Star, The Santa Fe Sun, The Los Angeles Free Press, Oui Magazine, New West, and many, many more. A published novelist and a filmed screenwriter, Mr. Williams eschews the decadence of Hollywood for the simple, wholesome goodness of the plain, honest people of the land. He enjoys Luis Buñuel documentaries immensely.
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2 Responses to The Once and Future Bum

  1. Darrell Prows says:

    Just because there is no record of it doesn’t mean that it never happened. GWB is clearly one kid who would not have gotten to where he is at without tons of help from his old man.

  2. One of the things that makes urban legends work is that there is a perceived kernel of truth in them. We have a local County Commissioner, an ex-football player, appointed to every “elective” office he’s ever held, and he’s allegedly a “Democrat.” But every couple of years the rumor surfaces that he’s switched parties and become a Republican.

    And the rumor is believed until it’s debunked, yet again. Now, everybody knows that he votes with the Republicans on the County Commission (‘nonpartisan’ offices, ain’t that a joke!) 99% of the time, and if it DID happen, it wouldn’t surprise anybody.

    But if one of the other Democrats on the CC were rumored to have switched, nobody would believe it. Because there’s no element of truth in it.