The Daily Sandwich

"We have to learn the lesson that intellectual honesty is fundamental for everything we cherish." -Sir Karl Popper

Location: Boston, Massachusetts, United States


Thursday, November 30, 2006

National Sacrifice

I've noted more than once Bush's penchant for comparing himself rather favorably with former presidents, including Lincoln and Truman. I prefer to find the ways in which Bush differs from his more highly regarded predecessors, and a fine example appeared today.

This week, it was noted that the Iraq war (not to mention Afghanistan) has now lasted longer than American involvement in World War II. And Mr. "I'm A War President" really seemed to relish the role for a while. That brings me to 1944, and the inaugural lunch of Franklin D. Roosevelt. The war raged on, and as Americans dealt with wartime rationing, they settled on a lunch of chicken salad, rolls (sorry, no butter), and coffee.

After winning the 2004 election, and while the 'war on terror' raged on, George Bush held the most lavish and expensive inaugural celebrations of any president in history.

Now, with the cost of the war at $300 billion, and 3,000 dead American troops, and the situation in Iraq finally being described as a civil war we can't win, the first couple have decided to throw some holiday parties with 23 deserts-- if you have room after the ' Colossal Shrimp Cocktail,' ' Herb Roasted Lollipop Lamb Chops,' and 'Asparagus Tier with Lemon-Garlic Aioli.'

And in case you wanted to make the obvious joke, the White House will be letting them eat five kinds of cake.