Tuesday, February 22, 2005

White House Lockout

Every now and then I hear a discussion of the day's news in the room where my college student associates ply their trade. Today, I overheard (and this is an estimate) Reason #4,562 to Hate George W. Bush: He won't let divorced people into the White House.

This little tidbit comes from an article in Britain's Sunday Mirror tabloid newspaper entitled "CAMILLA BANNED FROM WHITE HOUSE". Read the article and ask yourself -- is this a factual news story, or is it a cheesy smear against President Bush? The heart of the matter is this: Prince Charles, after taking Camilla Parker Bowles as his bride, is planning to visit the White House to see the President. The article claims that the couple will not be welcomed because Camilla is a divorcee. The author, who is the Political Editor of the tabloid, describes Bush as "a notoriously right-wing Christian and reformed alcoholic". Is he politically right of center, a Christian, and a recovering alcoholic? Yes, yes, and yes. Funny, then, how that one word, "notoriously" puts an entirely different spin on the sentence. "Granny-starving, Bible-thumping and a hopeless drunk" would have worked just as well, for the story's intended audience. We have detected the political bias.

Poor Prince Charles. The alleged White House ban is just the latest in a series of setbacks to befall the heir apparent and his bride-to-be. Thus far, all of his problems have been internal. But this story brings hope for the editors of the Sunday Mirror. Prince Charles, symbolic of all Britons, is being treated unfairly by George Bush. It's an assault on the entire nation! And all in the name of public relations. Where is Michael Moore to say "Shame on you, Mr. Bush" about this?

And just to make sure that there is some semblance of balance, the writer points out that the late President Ronald Reagan, who lived in the White House for eight years, had divorced his first wife. This is quite clever -- now both Left and Right can bash Bush equally.

So now our collegiate moonbat girls have more fodder for their insipid rhetoric. He's not just stopping gay marriage, he's even going after traditional marriage! Oh for crying out loud -- don't believe everything you read on the internet. Even some of the stuff I say is meant to be sarcastic.

This story has no meat to it. Give it a few hours and see how many other news sources can produce confirming reports of this story. Then wait a few days and see what Snopes has to say about it. It might turn out to be true after all, but so far none of it makes sense.

Unless, of course, a ban on divorced folk was instituted last year to keep John Kerry out of the White House. I would be down with that.

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