Goodnight Bush

Julie Marks

Los Angeles, United States

Artist's Description

We always read a bedtime story to Molly. She was particularly interested
in this election reflected in my photograph of Mikey and Molly titled
Political Dogs. Although Goodnight Bush is a parody, Molly’s troubled expression reflects the serious message of her bedtime story. She hopes that we can finally say goodnight to the disaster that characterized the last eight years of theBush administration.
Goodnight Bush is a brilliant parody of the children’s
classic bedtime story, Goodnight Moon. A childlike
George Bush is tucked safely away in
the confines of his own room with all the toys he has willfully destroyed. Dick Cheney is portrayed as
a quiet figure whispering “hush” to the misguided President.
Many parents, teachers or those in contact with young children
or in our case, our three year old Irish Setter, Molly
also treasure the original book that is
often one of the first bedtime stories that parents read
to their children and pass through the generations.
The author of the original book, Goodnight Moon
gave the authors the freedom
to copy the illustrations and include the colors and
details that has made Goodnight Moon an enduring classic
for young children learning to read. I have read this book
many times and every time I find another detail
that keeps me laughing. For those who have missed some
of the calamities of the Bush administration, this satiric book
is so tragically funny and insightful that you will want to
read it again. It is hard to make a nightmare funny,
but the authors made me laugh out loud
to release the outrage I have felt for the past eight years. Laughter
is a great relief after enduring the endless list of tragic events
that characterized the Bush administration. This should be required reading for outraged and stressed Americans. Hopefully
we will hope once again for the future of our country and restore our reputation around the world after eight years of
enduring the destruction of the American spirit.
On the first page we see Bush in bed looking
like a little boy surrounded by his “toys” of destruction.
“In the situation room
There was a toy world
And a flight costume
and a picture of a refinery plume
And there were war profiteers giving three cheers
A Grand Old Party to war in a rush
and a quiet Dick Cheney whispering hush
Goodnight room
Goodnight refinery plume
Goodnight jets flying over the plume
Goodnight toy world and the flight costume
Goodnight ballot box and Goodnight Fox
Goodnight towers
And Goodnight balance of powers
Goodnight Constitution and
Goodnight evolution
Goodnight democracy and Goodnight privacy
Goodnight old growth trees
Goodnight detainees
Goodnight allies
Goodnight contractor beheading
Goodnight innocent bloodshedding
Goodnight nation great
Goodnight church and state
Goodnight bubble bursting in air
Goodnight piggy beyond repair
Goodnight rule of law
And Goodnight Mardi Gras
Goodnight Earth
Goodnight heir
Goodnight failures everywhere”

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