September 23, 2005

Billmon Gives The Onion A Run For Their Money

The Onion is famous for its sardonic sense of humor. Who can forget its (in)famous issue commemorating the inauguration of George W. Bush in 2001? Well, today, our very own blogger extraordinarie, Billmon, shows that he can stand his own in that heavy competition of those who deliver the most insightful and sardonic rift on the affairs of these United States of America. Here's Billmon playing on the extraordinary opportunities that await Bush because of Hurricane Rita in his version of a Scott McClellan briefing.

MR. McCLELLAN: ... We want everyone to understand that we're taking this hurricane very, very seriously, and the federal government has already set the machinery in motion to delivery vital disaster recovery services including press conferences, focus groups, overnight polls and photo opportunities with selected grateful survivors to the President just as soon as the storm has passed.

And channelling The Daily Show's Rod Corddry[*], Billmon recognizes that Bush has an opportunity for showing his "heroic, manly self" by rescuing people from the disaster.

MR. McCLELLAN: Im glad you asked that question, Jeff. Good to have you back, by the way. Yes, the President will be involved and visibly active on TV at all times during this disaster. We also expect him to personally save at least three elderly black persons from drowning by carrying them piggyback from their flooded homes and delivering them safely into the arms of waiting paramedics.

Billmon's talent for sardonic humor was evident to those of us who remember when he was first given the keys to the blog by Markos in 2003. Even then he was too funny and somehow too real.

[*] Corddry told Jon Stewart that Bush would have a good chance to rescue a baby because there would be at least five babies available in the flood. Then he told Jon that Bush had contributers that would be donating the babies. Indeed.

Posted by Mary at September 23, 2005 06:30 AM | Humor | Technorati links |

I remember reading that Billmon post live, Mary. I do--something about the phrase chronically overworked stayed with me and I thought about it that day.

It seems like twenty years ago, god.

Posted by: paradox at September 24, 2005 05:19 AM