August 13, 2008

BEIJING — AUGUST 10: President of the United States George W. Bush holds up the American Flag the wrong way before wife Laura Bush instructs him to turn it around at the swimming arena at the National Aquatics Center during day 2 of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games on August 10, 2008 in Beijing, China.

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14 Responses to BEIJING — AUGUST 10

  1. Andy says:

    This is maybe the least offensive thing the man has ever done. As Keith Olbermann pointed out, it’s an apt image of the entire Bush presidency: from his perspective, everything looked just fine. To us, it was backwards.

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  2. birdfarm says:

    isn’t that that Kissinger in front of Laura? being reminded that that fucking war criminal is not behind bars where he belongs, is one of the things that is more offensive than what the president is doing with the flag.

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  3. Kris Bass says:

    Couldn’t help but smile. Can I use this photo on my blog?

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  4. NK says:

    Is that a monkey holding the flag? God bless USA…

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  5. anne marie in philly says:

    WHAT? kissinger and his wife aren’t dead YET?

    GW looks like a monkey and smells like one too…or is he just drunk off his ass in this photo?

    only 158 days to go before our national nightmare ends…

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  6. Jeff says:

    Andy, did Keith Olbermann really say that? God, that’s why I love him.

    Meahwhile — imagine the uproar if Obama had held up the flag this way.

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  7. Jere says:

    Did you see him almost every time the cameras cut to him during the opening ceremonies? He was obviously bored out of his mind and drumming his tiny American flag on his knee. This man is so deeply embarrassing. I have no idea what to say.

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  8. bob says:

    He’s drunk again. And I can’t wait for somebody to publish the post-presidency tell-all that he’s been off the wagon for the past two years.

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  9. Aidan says:

    The climate must not agree with the Kissengers. He looks like he’s pinching off a poo and she looks like the Crypt Keeper.

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  10. Kris Bass says:

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    Check this link out.

    link to engayginglife.blogspot.com

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  11. Sam says:

    Look at Barbara’s face as she looks over at his idiocy…I would claim to be adopted if he were my father. No matter what the medical records say.

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  12. birdfarm says:

    Aidan, I’m pretty sure HK always looked like that. The weirdest thing is that he basically hasn’t changed since the 70s.

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  13. Paul says:

    As long as the flag is not upside down, its fine… Because both sides can be viewed, the blue union is supposed to face the North or the East towards Washington, D.C. And if it is on something that moves, like a uniform, the blue union is supposed to face forward. That’s why you sometimes see the flag backwards looking, like on the Army uniform. You walk forward, so the blue union is in the front.

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  14. birdfarm says:

    i disagree, Paul. in this case both sides cannot be viewed; the side facing the president is visible only to him.

    i have reviewed the Flag Code with care and, because essentially only the outward-facing side can be viewed, I believe that the provision for displaying the flag against a wall applies here.

    “When displaying the flag against a wall, vertically or horizontally, the flag’s union (stars) should be at the top, to the flag’s own right, and to the observer’s left.”

    The only reason the union faces forward on uniforms and vehicles is to convey the appearance of the flag streaming backward with the movement of the person or vehicle. This does not apply here.

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