Sunday, January 25, 2009

The true history of the Bush years

From Making Light courtesy of Modulator:

There will be histories written about the Bush administration. They’ll be privy to information we don’t have yet, because the future is like that. On the other hand, we have our own privileged knowledge: We know how the story looked like to people who didn’t know how it was going to come out.

Now, in this moment before a changing world overwrites our memories of the era, let us pause to salute our constant companion of those years:
The Onion. Other histories of the Bush years will doubtless be more factual, but none will ever be truer.

More here.

Okay, so what this links to is a page that has compiled links to every story the Onion has done about Bush from late January of 2000 to mid January of this year. That's nine years worth of stories. To be fair, I've only read a few of them. Indeed, my favorite, published around the time of his first inauguration, has become legendary:

Bush: ‘Our Long National Nightmare Of Peace And Prosperity Is Finally Over’.

Of course, this recent one made me laugh pretty loudly for a moment or two:

Spider Eggs Hatch In Bush’s Brain.

Anyway, I'm sure the vast majority of these stories will, at the very least, make you smile for a moment or two, and at most will have you rolling on the floor. The Onion definitely understands the maxim "it's funny because it's true." Go check 'em out.