Thanks For the Memories, George
By Mike Loew
Three Rivers Press
Reading through to the end of Thanks For the Memories, George is not unlike sitting down with friends for breakfast in a seedy diner the morning after a brutal all-night bender on the town. Somewhere deep down, you know exactly what happened, but you need to have it all recounted to you - even the embarrassingly awful parts - just to make sure that it really happened.
Mike Loew, a contributor to the hilariously satirical Onion, uses this look back at the Bush presidency to remind us that the last eight years were really not too far off from a long and especially brutal bender. And now Loew is here to sit us down in that diner and tell us what the hell just happened.
In addition to Loew's hard-nosed insights, the book is also plugged full of charts, photos and graphics. One of these is a comparative, side-by-side "Tale of the Tape" of Bush versus Jesus Christ. Here's a sample...Jesus Christ: Raised Lazarus from the dead. George W. Bush: Raised Cheney and Rumsfeld from the Nixon Administration. There's also a list of jobs Bush can consider now that the whole President thing is over. Suggestions include Wal-Mart greeter and alcoholic.
Again, it's never fun to recall those dark, awful nights, but again, sometimes you have to listen, lest you let yourself repeat this behavior. So, if you're still suffering from a Bush administration hangover, this book might serve as some refreshing hair of the dog.