Bush delights dinner guests


Kreskin
#1
President Bush delighted an intimate gathering of White House dinner guests Monday, regaling the coterie of dignitaries, artists, and friends with a spirited, off-the-cuff discussion of the Roman poet Virgil's lesser-known works.



An effervescent Bush delights friends with tales of the poet Virgil.
"Ah, W. was in top form tonight," Spanish foreign minister Josep Pique Camps said. "We were all held captive by his erudition and charm. First, a brief history of the opium trade, then a bit of Brahms on the piano, then a rousing discussion of Virgil. That boy is a wonder, isn't he?"

According to guests, the subject of Virgil arose serendipitously, when a servant opened a window in the Red Room, to which the group had retired for after-dinner drinks. Noticing the breeze, Bush raised his glass and delivered a toast to the changing of the seasons. He then apologized to "lovely Winter," explaining that he "meant no slight against her."

"The first blush of Spring always reminds me of Virgil's words," Bush said. "In early spring-tide, when the icy drip / Melts from the mountains hoar, and Zephyr's breath / Unbinds the crumbling clod, even then 'tis time / Press deep your plough behind the groaning ox / And teach the furrow-burnished share to shine."

"Book One of The Georgics, of course," Bush added.

Bush arranged the small, informal dinner in honor of Camps' unexpected arrival in America.

"It had been too long since I'd heard one of W.'s anecdotes, so I simply got on a plane," Camps said. "I showed up at his doorstep with a watercolor by Ignat Bednarik, whom I know he adores, just to make sure he'd let me in."

Bush confessed that he has "long held a fascination with the classical world," noting that his love of Roman history influenced his decision to enter politics.

"Virgil was born in the year 70 B.C.—let's see, that would be during the consulship of Gnaeus Pompeius The Great and Marcus Licinius Crassus, if I'm not mistaken," Bush said. "It is said that while Virgil's mother was with child, she dreamt she gave birth to a laurel branch, which, upon touching the ground, sprang up into a full-grown tree, its branches laden with ripe fruits and flowers. The next morning, she gave birth to Virgil. The legend goes that Virgil was born without crying, so mild was his countenance."

According to White House regulars, it is not uncommon for Bush to engage guests in discussions of whatever subject strikes his fancy, from the symphony playing in the background to the history of a style of jewelry a guest happens to be wearing.

"I love to hear George hold court on this or that," said Bush family friend and world-renowned physicist Norberta Münter. "I tell him he is such a spoiled brat, the way he demands our attention, but I must confess I can't take my eyes off him when he does."

As the group sipped apple martinis and, in Bush's words, "recovered" from the Chilean sea bass, the president continued.

"Most primarily associate Publius Vergilius Maro with The Aeneid," Bush told guests. "Yet so much pleasure is to be found in his lesser-known works—The Eclogues, completed in 37 B.C., and The Georgics, in 30 B.C., both of which praise the idyllic rural life."

"You have to remember I'm a bit of a farm boy myself," chuckled Bush, referring to his 1,600-acre ranch in Crawford, TX.

"The Bucolics are my personal favorite," Bush said. "They were basically a thank-you to Asinius Pollio for preventing the seizure of Virgil's land by the Triumvirate when they ordered the lands on the far banks of the river Po distributed to veterans of the victory at Philippi. They are so sublime, so inspirational. But why should I speak, when Virgil can do so himself? And far more eloquently, I might add."

Bush then recited a selection from The Bucolics in the original Latin, pausing occasionally to translate into French out of respect for his friend Amélie du Maurier, a young Parisian concert violinist in attendance. Earlier in the evening, a blushing du Maurier admitted to Bush that she did not know Latin. Bush eased the young woman's embarrassment with a joke.

"I wouldn't be surprised if your father forbade you from learning Latin, out of sheer distaste for res publica," said Bush, alluding to du Maurier's ancestors' place in the ousted French aristocracy.

Despite urging from dinner guests to continue his Bucolics recitation, Bush declined.

"I have already taken up far too much of your valuable time with my classical nattering," Bush said. "I dearly wish I could give you back this hour during which you so graciously indulged my dilettantism, but, as Plautus said, 'Factum est illud, fieri infectum non potest.' Done is done, it cannot be made undone."
 
cortezzz
#2
what a plebe!!!
 
fuzzylogix
#3
Holy GOSh!!!!!! I would have paid any price to get tickets to that stand up comedy act!!!!

Well, at least he didnt entertain them by shooting them.....
 
Kreskin
#4
His knowledge of Virgil is extraordinary. "Consulship of Gnaeus Pompeius The Great and Marcus Licinius Crassus" - who knew?
 
fuzzylogix
#5
Not even he did...I'm sure!!
 
Amik
#6
How can Bush recite anything! He can't even read.
 
Kreskin
#7
"Off-the-cuff discussion of the Roman poet Virgil's lesser-known works". - Vintage Bush
 
bluedog125
#8
Obviously the idiot was wired again like in the debates. He can't even get a 2 letter word right..he says the word "to" like "ta". What an embarrassment! The worst US president ever!
 
cortezzz
#9
carefull
if you talk like that too much longer
some of the loonie righties on this forum will call you a commie
 
thecdn
#10
Quote: Originally Posted by cortezzz

carefull
if you talk like that too much longer
some of the loonie righties on this forum will call you a commie

They can call him a commie for speaking the truth?
 
Kreskin
#11
I found the factual news on a site called TheOnion.
 
Finder
#12
dude he can barely ring off a catch phraze. I have no doubts he was wired for this one. I doubt Bush even really knew who Virgil was nor how to pronouce his name if he were randomly reading it.
 
Kreskin
#13
Finder, it was off of theonion.com . Just satire. Ya, pretty much impossible.
 
Finder
#14
I used to love the onion. Though the site has gone down hill from it's hayday. I have to go back to see if it's gotten any better.
 
Kreskin
#15
Finder, that was actually from last spring I believe. I wonder how Bush is doing with Virgil these days.
 
Finder
#16
Unless he has a new dog named Virgil, I highly doubt he knows who Virgil is..
 
Kreskin
#17
That's what makes that article funny. There is no way on earth he could possibly have any clue.
 
pastafarian
#18
Well, I thought I'd got all of the Bush-bashing out of my system, but apparently not .

I wonder if Conrad Black (the Lord I haven't accepted) was at that dinner? It appears that Canada's answer to the National Review (or the Weekly World News, I can't always tell them apart), Maclean's, has indicted alleged fraudster, the Black Lord, defending our favourite simian President from charges that he's the worst in history.

Hmmm... I wonder if Saddam's gonna call Kim Jong Il to testify on his behalf...
 
Finder
#19
I can never stop bashing bush. I just can't stand unbalanced bashing though. Like things we know the left or the right would do and have done, and largely still do. I think bashing should be realistic. =-D
 
Nuggler
#20
Quote: Originally Posted by Kreskin

President Bush delighted an intimate gathering of White House dinner guests Monday."

He slashed his wrists right

 
Kreskin
#21
He spoke of his love for poetry:

"Most primarily associate Publius Vergilius Maro with The Aeneid," Bush told guests. "Yet so much pleasure is to be found in his lesser-known works—The Eclogues, completed in 37 B.C., and The Georgics, in 30 B.C., both of which praise the idyllic rural life."
 
fuzzylogix
#22
LOL! I have a wonderful picture of Bush sitting on literature week in a school classroom, and he was holding the book upsidedown as he read to them..

I also like the way he was again in a kids classroom on 9/11 and when the Secret Service told him about 9/11, he took about 15 - 20 minutes to react and actually leave the classroom. I guess he felt safe staying with the grade ones. He was probably hiding under his desk during Hurricane Katrina.
 

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