George Bush is one of those weak kings from a lesser Shakespeare history. The type that loses power ungracefully, pathetically, and has only a moment where anyone might feel sorry for him. Then, you're just glad to have the endless, wordy play over with and go home; leaving the dull epic behind you.
Perhaps Bush is the Greek Tragedy King, who was going to fail the moment he was crowned.
His speech that was dedicated to the rebuilding of New Orleans was rhetorically weak, delivered with his now trademarked shoulder shrugs and head bobs that suggest a teenager defending his decision to use the car without permission. His assertion that the US cannot exist without New Orleans strikes me as just so much wind and smoke; New Orleans and its poor couldn't be viewed as essential to him until a poll number was attached to their collective bodies.
The dead couldn't hear the President's speech. And I suspect that the Nation has finally stopped listening.
- Matthew Freeman is a Brooklyn based playwright with a BFA from Emerson College. His plays include THE DEATH OF KING ARTHUR, REASONS FOR MOVING, THE GREAT ESCAPE, THE AMERICANS, THE WHITE SWALLOW, AN INTERVIEW WITH THE AUTHOR, THE MOST WONDERFUL LOVE, WHEN IS A CLOCK, GLEE CLUB, THAT OLD SOFT SHOE and BRANDYWINE DISTILLERY FIRE. He served as Assistant Producer and Senior Writer for the live webcast from Times Square on New Year's Eve 2010-2012. As a freelance writer, he has contributed to Gamespy, Premiere, Complex Magazine, Maxim Online, and MTV Magazine. His plays have been published by Playscripts, Inc., New York Theatre Experience, and Samuel French.