Posted by: sean | May 29, 2008

Shake and Bake, or MacBeth

A good friend of mine, A, sent me a link to an article about Scott McClellan’s new memoir to see if I could spot the reference to Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby.

Needless to say, I laughed out loud when I saw that McClellan calls Dick Cheney “The Magic Man” in his new book:

[McClellan] accuses former White House adviser Karl Rove of misleading him about his role in the CIA case. He describes Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice as being deft at deflecting blame, and he calls Vice President Cheney “the magic man” who steered policy behind the scenes while leaving no fingerprints.

Somewhere in this book has to be an anecdote about Bush “El Diablo” and Cheney “The Magic Man” bumping chests and yelling, “shake and bake, baby!”

Surely, it is no coincidence that Will Ferrell has played Bush in the past:

But on a more serious note, I find it disgusting how people like McClellan go along with horrible, dishonest policies and then expect that all will be well after a memoir. Someone should tell Scott “the lady” McClellan that a critical memoir isn’t enough to wash the blood of hundreds of thousands of people from his hands. I’m afraid a little water isn’t enough to clear you of this deed and that here’s the smell of the blood still: all the perfumes of Arabia will not sweeten this little hand.


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