With just about a year to go in the presidency of George W. Bush, Oliver Stone has set his sights on a biopic about the nation's 43rd president. Josh Brolin, fresh off his turn in No Country for Old Men, has signed on to play the title role.
Bush is sure to be a controversial project coming from Stone, who hasn't exactly been the most subtle critic of the president's administration. But he told Variety his personal feelings about Bush weren't the point. He said:
Here, I'm the referee, and I want a fair, true portrait of the man. How did Bush go from an alcoholic bum to the most powerful figure in the world? It's like Frank Capra territory on one hand, but I'll also cover the demons in his private life, his bouts with his dad and his conversion to Christianity, which explains a lot of where he is coming from. It includes his belief that God personally chose him to be president of the United States, and his coming into his own with the stunning, preemptive attack on Iraq. It will contain surprises for Bush supporters and his detractors.
Well, it's not the most neutral statement I've ever heard (nor is the project's development title of "Misunderestimated"), but I'm still curious to see what Stone will do with this one. I'm also eager to see Brolin go from outlaw to Commander in Chief. I wouldn't have pictured it at first, but Stone pointed out that while "Josh is actually better looking than Bush," they do share a certain old Hollywood swagger.
“This is a purely practical point here, and I think there’s a lot of work to be done. And I think the judgment is that this is one of the worst presidencies we’ve had and people will wonder what it is that the role of the vice president is.”
Specifically, Albright criticized Bush for not doing enough to take on climate change and energy issues.
Do you agree with Secretary Albright? Will George W. Bush's administration go down as one of the worst in history?
During last night's Republican debate, Fred Thompson let loose on the recent US/Iran skirmish at sea, saying, "I think one more step and they would have been introduced to those virgins that they're looking forward to seeing." Ron Paul then sharply accused his rivals of wanting to start World War III over Iran. Mounting recent events could suggest that tensions are indeed rising between the US and Iran.
Beginning last Sunday, this 30-minute encounter between Iranian patrol boats and US Naval vessels sparked a controversy now extending past the Strait of Hormuz. According to the Pentagon, five armed Iranian speedboats approached three US Navy warships in international waters. As they maneuvered aggressively, one of the Iranians allegedly issued a radio threat saying: "I am coming to you. You will explode after a few minutes."
To see each country's response to the incident, please read more
We certainly expect something like the iPhone to have revolutionary touch capabilities, but what about a retro radio? Bush has just come out with this shiny black DAB digital radio with matching handle which features touch buttons instead of standard push buttons, giving it that perfect mix of vintage and modern tech.
OK, I thought I've seen every yoga book in and out of print. But this one, I never thought I'd see the likes.
George W. Bush? Doing Yoga? What a novel idea. The man running our country sure could use some relaxation. I'm sure he'll agree that Yoga is great at relieving tense and tight muscles, and calming the nerves. And an hour and a half class is a great time to bring your attention inward, meditate on pertinent issues and concerns, and offer up peace to the universe.
Thanks Dub-ya, for creating Bush Yoga. With you breathing and stretching, the world is sure to be a better place.