George the First, aka Poppy Bush, is not a fan of Michael Moore. Big surprise. Not.
Speaking to a Maine television station, the former president called Moore a “total ass [and a] slimeball” because of the way in which his family was portrayed in the filmmaker’s hit Fahrenheit 9/11. The film alleges, among other things, that the Bush family’s close relationship with members of the Saudi royal family led to financial windfalls for the Bushes and their cronies before and after the September 11 attacks. Poppy called Moore’s charges “lies.”
The Associated Press reports the elder Bush told WCSH-TV that worrying about his son and the upcoming presidential race is affecting his health.
Bush said he used to have ulcers in the 1960s. “A couple of more weeks of this stuff and I’ll get ‘em back. I’m nervous. It hurts much more when your son is criticized,” the former president said.
Poppy has good reason to be nervous. Moore’s message is getting across — people need to pay attention, be aware, and demand answers when their government takes actions they find questionable or immoral.
College student Elizabeth Leitzell makes a worthy point in an op-ed published in the University of Southern California’s Daily Trojan:
What we all need to remember when we attack someone such as Michael Moore is that he is not telling you that this is the only way to view the Bush administration or the war in Iraq. Oddly, no one seems able to discuss the film without reference to Michael Moore and his views.
He admits the documentary is an op-ed piece, clearly pointing out that this is his opinion. He narrates it. He shows his face in it. Moore’s attacks are not enveloped in secretive cinematic methods, they are bluntly spoken, with his voice. He uses his hometown of Flint, Mich. to show where his views developed and makes it clear that this is the view of one Michael Moore.
Fahrenheit 9/11 wasn’t some subversive, secretive, propagandistic liberal attack on the White House; it was Michael Moore’s opinion, supported by public information that can be found in the archives of major daily newspapers for the past three years. …
Personally, I’m glad [left- and right-wing] radical voices are out there. One of my political science professors here at USC once said that the benefit of radicals (for any position) is to get people thinking about ideas that otherwise wouldn’t be discussed. …
Michael Moore encourages us to think about whether our attacks on Iraq are moral and honest, and he attacks the president as dishonest and unqualified, which gets both sides talking.
And when people get talking — such as after each of the Democrat/Republican presidential debates — it is a very good thing for everyone. If you’re new to the political process, perhaps voting this year for the first time, listen to what Mike Moore has to say during his “Slacker Uprising Tour,” which is visiting colleges throughout the country, or check out his books and films. Agree or disagree, listen — then do the research and make up your own mind.
And here is some advice for Poppy Bush: Chill, take a Prilosec, and get ready. With any luck, you will have a son to console in a couple of weeks.