Archive for the ‘Bush’ Category

Protesters Slap Leather, ‘Shoe’ Bush Out of White House

January 19, 2009

Protesters Slap Leather, 'Shoe' Bush Out of White House

Photo from Raw Story

500 people participated in a protest at the White House on President Bush’s last full day in residence there. 40 pairs of shoes were thrown at an effigy of the president, a reference to a symbolic protest by an Iraqi journalist who has been imprisoned without charge since Mr. Bush left Baghdad over a month ago.

Read accounts from:




Delaware Online

Fox News


Condi was there, too.

Shoeleather Salute to Bush

January 19, 2009

Shoeleather Salute to Bush

Monday, January 19, 2009, is the last full day of the George W. Bush presidency. The departing  chief executive will be saluted today for his contributions to peace and prosperity.

At 11 AM citizens from all over the country will gather at Washington’s Dupont Circle to enumerate the accomplishments of the departing President, then walk to a location near the White House and throw shoes in Mr. Bush’s honor, in the fashion of Iraqi reporter Muntader Al-Zaidi. Serviceable shoes will then be donated to the families of local folks who lost jobs thanks to the economic stewardship of the MBA President.


Bush Book Deal!

January 14, 2009

Bush Book Deal!

Last Sunday, President George W. Bush told Brit Hume of Fox News Sunday about his retirement plans:

Bush: …I plan on writing a book.

Hume: Do you?

Bush: I do.

Hume: A history of your presidency?

Bush : You know, I’m not quite exactly sure what it’s going to be, but I’m toying with the idea of maybe describing the toughest decisions I had to make as President, and the context in which I made them, because one of the things that –


MBA President — Final Audit

January 13, 2009

MBA President -- Final Audit

George W. Bush is the first MBA President of the United States (Harvard Business School, ’75).

“Presidential legacies are often defined by the economic conditions of their tenure, and MBA-in-chief George W. Bush will probably carry much of the historical blame for this recession.”
Erik Hart, “MBAs in Crisis — Who Makes the Grade?,” Economic Policy Review.

For a man who came into office as the nation’s first M.B.A. president, Mr. Bush has sometimes seemed invisible during the housing and credit crunch.
Sheryl Gay Stolberg, “In Economic Drama, Bush Is Largely Offstage,” New York Times

“…politics has to reconcile multiple goals – consent, security, liberty, prosperity, justice, virtue – in the presence of continuing disagreements about both means and ends. These inherent differences frustrate, eventually, all businesslike schemes of government. Too bad they don’t teach that in business school.”
Charles R. Kesler, “Why politics isn’t business as usual,Los Angeles Times

“Thirty years ago, President Bush was my student at Harvard Business School. …. Bush is the first president of the United States with a Master’s of Business Administration (MBA). Yet, he epitomizes the worst aspects of America’s business education.”
Yoshi Tsurumi, “Hail to the Robber Baron?The Harvard Crimson


Condolences to the Bush Family

January 6, 2009

Condolences to the Bush Family

NotionsCapital has not been very approving of George W. Bush, like the rest of the world, the nation and History.

Nevertheless, our thoughts are with the President and his family upon the death of the most beloved member of their household, Willie (formerly “Indio.”) We extend our deepest sympathy.


(Okay, not everyone is sad at this transition.)


Image by Mike Licht. Download a copy here. Creative Commons license; credit Mike Licht,

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A Gift for W

December 24, 2008

A gift for W

During the past year, NotionsCapital has not always been kind to President George W. Bush. We admit to having shown him in an unflattering light, resorting to extreme measures like comparing his statements to observed reality in the known universe (though not as dramatically as Al-Baghdadia TV’s Muntazer al-Zaidi). 

In this season of goodwill, on the eve of his departure from the power and prestige of the White House, as he prepares to leave Washington luxury for the simple pleasures of his Texas ranch and trade limousines for pickup trucks, we offer Mr. Bush a simple gift to mark this momentous life transition:


Shoe Salute for Bush on January 19th

December 23, 2008


Shoe Salute for Bush on January 19th

Peace activists from across the nation will shower shoes on departing President Bush on his last full day in office, January 19th. A symbolic demonstration is expected near the White House between 11:00am and 3:00pm.  

Monday, January 19th is the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday; there is certainly no more appropriate way to celebrate Dr. King’s legacy than protesting an unjust war and a gutted economy.  After the demonstration, the shoes will be donated to those who are in need due to Mr. Bush’s disastrous economic policies.


The Shoes Hurled ‘Round the World

December 22, 2008

The Shoes Hurled 'Round the World













Mike Licht was home on Capitol Hill the evening of Sunday, December 14th, when a symbolic protest in Baghdad drew him into a 21st century semiotic cyclone of soaring shoes:

Catching up with email before turning in, I read reports of a Green Zone “press conference,” a pseudo-event designed to make lemonade from the bitter fruit of the George W. Bush presidency. Mr. Bush and Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki decorated the room with flags, flowers, and members of the press corps, but one working reporter, Muntader al-Zaidi, refused to be used as a stage prop, and gave Mr. Bush a reality check by chucking shoes at him.

I wrote a brief post on the incident and mashed up a graphic to illustrate it, Mr. Bush’s face on the sole of a shoe atop patriotic bunting. I uploaded the image to flickr and published the completed post to the NotionsCapital weblog.

The next morning’s email pointed me to a photo on the Web, the image from my blog post, a few hours old, printed on a large banner, hanging on a building in a city center on another continent (above).

Welcome to the 21st century.


Perino Periorbital Hematoma

December 17, 2008

Perino Periorbital Hematoma

As reported earlier, Capitol Hill neighbor Dana Perino, the White House Press Secretary, picked up an unexpected souvenir on her recent Baghdad trip, a periorbital hematoma or “black eye.”

The injury was sustained in the aftermath of the historic flying footwear episode, when Iraqi reporter Muntader al-Zaidi delivered the thanks of a grateful nation to U.S. President George W. Bush, twice. Mr. Bush must be grateful that Iraqis don’t wear the massive manly footwear of his home state of Texas.


Bush Honored by Heroic Iraqi Reporter

December 14, 2008

Bush Honored by Heoric Iraqi Reporter

President George W. Bush made a surprise farewell visit to his Iraqi admirers Sunday.  He appeared at a Baghdad press conference with Iraqi Premier Nuri al-Maliki to receive accolades from adoring local journalists. Reporter Muntazer al-Zaidi, correspondent for al- Baghdadiya television news service, presented Mr. Bush with two Florsheim Awards on behalf of Iraqi widows and orphans, with the dedication: “It is the farewell kiss, you dog!”

President Bush was visibly moved.