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OOPS, This Photo Wasn't Supposed To Be Here - It's The Skull and Bones Secret Signal.

Bush to Kerry: "OK John, in order to make this total sham election 'contest' look authentic, I'm going to crack a joke about Iraqi WMDs during my slide show - then it's your chance to publicly attack me for being in poor taste and compassion for veterans. Get it?"

When he showed another slide, the president joked: "Oops, this photo wasn't supposed to be in here. This is the skull and bones secret signal."
George Bush's controversial slide show. (Photo: Nicholas Roberts/Getty Images)
George Bush's controversial slide show. (Photo: Nicholas Roberts/Getty Images)
Bush jokes about search for WMD, but it's no laughing matter for critics

David Teather in New York
Friday March 26, 2004
The Guardian

President George Bush sparked a political firestorm yesterday after making what many judged a tasteless and ill-judged joke about the failure to find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.

Mr Bush made the joke at a black-tie event for radio and television journalists in Washington on Wednesday night.

He narrated a slide show, described as the White House election year album, making hay of the administration's reputation for secrecy and strained relations with European allies. But it was the joke about the war in Iraq that drew attacks.

A slide showed Mr Bush in the Oval office, leaning to look under a piece of furniture. "Those weapons of mass destruction have got to be here somewhere," he told the audience, drawing applause.

Another slide showed him peering into another part of the office, "Nope, no weapons over there," he said, laughing. "Maybe under here," he said, as a third slide was shown.

John Kerry, the Massachusetts Democrat who will fight Mr Bush for the White House said the joke displayed a "stunningly cavalier" attitude.

"If George Bush thinks his deceptive rationale for going to war is a laughing matter, then he's even more out of touch than we thought. Unfortunately for the president, this is not a joke."

He added: "585 American soldiers have been killed in Iraq in the last year, 3,354 have been wounded and there's no end in sight. George Bush sold us on going to war with Iraq based on the threat of weapons of mass destruction. But we still haven't found them, and now he thinks that's funny?"

The statement from Mr Kerry also included a comment from an Iraqi war veteran, Brad Owens.

"War is the single most serious event that a president or government can carry its people into," he said. "This cheapens the sacrifice that American soldiers and their families are dealing with every single day."

CNN viewers emailed the network to vent their anger at the joke. "How can a thinking, caring human being joke about the lies that led to body bags and broken young men and women? I was appalled," wrote one viewer. Another said: "It was tasteless and childish. It shows the true man - or child in his case."

The defence secretary, Donald Rumsfeld, later declined to give an opinion at a press conference. "To know what I would think, I would have to be there," he said.

Mr Bush's skit poked fun of members of the administration, including Mr Rumsfeld.

When he showed another slide, the president joked: "Oops, this photo wasn't supposed to be in here. This is the skull and bones secret signal."

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homepage: homepage: http://www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1178547,00.html

watch the video here 26.Mar.2004 09:09


the nytimes has the video--nearly half of which is the "moving" scene at the end. they edited out most of the offensive stuff.



disgusted 26.Mar.2004 13:33


this is unbeleivable.i think i'm gonna puke......

Finally Bush tells a joke that's actually funny! 26.Mar.2004 19:55

Austin Gross

Lighten up. All of his previous intentional jokes fell flat. This one wasn't bad. I'd give him or some speechwriter credit for that much.

And stop puking.

George the Lesser 27.Mar.2004 01:09

Prince Charles

Well...sort of funny.

But, more to the point, this is "the wartime president"...instead he cavorts in isolation from most life experiences that 99% of the rest of humanity have grown with.

He might as well be royalty--just as entertaining and just as disconnected from his subjects.