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We missed this, amid all the gruesome hurricane coverage. Our president celebrated the 60th anniversary of the cessation of hostilities in World War II in the classiest fashion imaginable, by likening himself to FDR. Speaking to recruits at a Coranado, Calif. naval base Bush laid it all out plainly:
Bush invoked the memory of his father as a young Navy pilot shot down over the Pacific and of an optimistic Roosevelt calling on Americans to defend liberty. He portrayed Roosevelt's vision as similar to his own -- a commitment to spreading freedom even when U.S. allies were not convinced it was the best course.
"Franklin Roosevelt refused to accept that democracy was finished," Bush said. "His optimism reflected his belief that the enemy's will to power could not withstand our will to live in freedom."
"If you get me up on a milk crate," the president continued, "I look just like Abe Lincoln. And this girl I used to date? She said I was a dead ringer for George Harrison." -- HOLLY MARTINS
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