The Son he Wished he'd Never Had
Rumor has it that President George Bush had been on the outs with his Pa, ex-president George Bush. The issue is the senior Bush's warm friendship with that scoundrel Bill Clinton. I guess you can't blame W to much for being jealous, because W never had peace and prosperity in his presidency like Billy and he's yet to balance one single budget and now his own father is acting like Clinton was a better president than Georgie is now. And to top things off, he was the one who introduced these two in the first place.
Clinton and Bush Senior aren't the only odd couple ex-presidents out there, by the way. Presidents Ford and Carter developed a warm partnership between themselves, once they'd gotten together and aired their differences. It turned out that they had a lot in common and the only people who ever understand what it was like to be president of the United States - you guessed it - are other people who've been president of the United States. Clinton, as a matter of fact, was well known to have taken advice from Tricky Dick himself out in exile in San Clemente. Maybe Bill should have asked Dick whether cigars and interns were such a good idea.
Speaking of rumors: Now the rumors are that Georgie has had a nervous breakdown and/or has taken up drinking again - much to the dismay of his wife; rumored dismay, that is. Bush's popularity numbers are in the toilet, where they should have been all along. I'd bet it's probably because most Americans are starting to pay their heating bills and wondering why this is, after the US invaded one of the largest oil producing nations in the world. 'Coincidentally', the oil companies have posted their largest profits ever.
Or is it a coincidence? Hmmm.
I feel bad for the president and I feel guilty for feeling bad for him, because you know what? He should feel a bit lousy. At least a hundred thousand Iraqis are dead based on crummy decisions he made. Tens of thousands are maimed or wounded or are languishing in our prisons and camps since they are accused terrorists, or enemy combatants, or some other name that means that they don't deserve to be treated fairly like the human beings they are. Not to mention the Americans who are dead (two thousand plus) or maimed or wounded (fifty thousand plus).
Come to think of it, the President does deserve to have some sleepless nights. At least he's still alive to have those sleepless nights, which is more than you can say for all those permanently deprived of their right to ever sleep again on his orders. And if his father is treating Bill Clinton as the son he would have rather have had, then W deserves that, too.
About the Author: Steve Sommers is the author of Breakfast with the Antichrist. His new novel, Rexroi, along with the best of Australian Science Fiction - is available as an ebook at www.rspublishing.com.au, OR if you ABSOLUTELY need to turn pages when you read - at www.lulu.com/content/306670