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Bush Reads Good

bushwolfe.jpgDo not get between Elisabeth Bumiller and her juicy White House scoops! Months after taking the WH's "unofficial" bait and enthusiastically reporting on the President's reading of the "beer- and sex-soaked novel" (Messy!), Bumiller was on "The Chris Matthews Show" yesterday, defending herself and the president on what looked to be like slow-going through the book's 688 pages:


MATTHEWS: Here is the president returning to the White House with a book in his hand, but if you take a closer look using our very own high-tech satellite imagery it turns out that the book is "I Am Charlotte Simmons." Elisabeth, you report he was reading that in February. He must really like that book.

BUMILLER: I'm still reading that book.

MATTHEWS: The doorstop?

BUMILLER: It takes a while to read and it has some ups and downs... As he said before, he gets through about 20 pages a night and he's out cold, so I think it takes a while.

Nicely spun! No wonder the WH gave her that story. The only problem? That's not the WH's line. They've been telling people -- specifically, TIME's John Dickerson -- that the reason for "Charlotte Simmons's" cameo was not Bush's "Reading Rainbow"-like pace but rather, "Bush's biking partner for the day, Mike Wood, had borrowed the book...and had returned Bush's copy that day." Who to believe? They both sound so plausible -- unlike Newsweek's story, which reported that Bush had flushed the book down the toilet, triggering protests and riots on the Upper East Side.

Speed-reading with the President [Wonkette]

"The Chris Matthews Show" [TVEyes.com]

Bush Charlotte Simmons Mystery Solved! [TIME]

White House Letter: Why is Bush reading Tom Wolfe? Don't ask [NYT]

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'Miga and Carlos' by Wonkette Operative 'Chica'

It's Father's Day, which means it's time for Yr Dok Zoom and his son to go to brunch and check out the downtown Boise Father's Day Car Show so we can ooh and ah over the very same Corvettes 'n' Mustangs 'n' lovingly-restored classic cars that are there every year, and I will probably once again point at the '68 Beetle converted to run on electricity and say, "Oh look, a Voltswagen!" Traditions matter. (Kid Zoom is 22, so I may also/instead meet him for cocktails later like grown up human people.)

Don't worry about any deep thoughts on the Meaning of Fatherhood here -- we're just going to enjoy the goofy side of dadding, which as far as I'm concerned is the best thing I've done with my time. Especially since my role model for parenting was the unnamed Dad from "Calvin and Hobbes."

As any fool knows, ice rises to the top of liquids because it's cold, and just wants to be closer to the sun so it can warm up. It's all in the book you get when you become a father.

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