Obliviously On He Sails: The Bush Administration in Rhyme

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Random House Publishing Group, Dec 18, 2007 - Humor - 128 pages
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BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Calvin Trillin's Quite Enough of Calvin Trillin.

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.”).

Trillin may never be poet laureate—certainly not while George W. Bush is in office—but his wit and his political insight produce what has been called “doggerel for the ages.”

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User Review  - quantum_flapdoodle - LibraryThing

A small book of doggerel by the Nation's Deadline Poet, Calvin Trillin. Most of the poetry focuses on the Bush years, so has not worn well, but can still be fun. Read full review

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User Review  - Runa - LibraryThing

I was really excited to read this book. The concept sounded original and hilarious, and I was so sure I'd have a good time reading it. While reading, I found out that the poems were originally ... Read full review


George W Bush Through the Primaries
The Jesusllammon Team Triumphs Thanks to a Lastllinute FivePointer 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 51
The Charge of the Sissy Hawk Brigade 17
The Crooked Path to War as 11 Where Have All the Weapons Gone?
Republican Nation Building

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Since 1990, CALVIN TRILLIN has been The Nation’s “deadline poet,” contributing every week a piece of verse on the news. In discussing his political sympathies, he has said, “I am partial to politicians with iambic names that rhyme with a lot of disparaging words.”

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