05/30/2004: I wish I'd gone into clinical psychology: Part XLIV
From Reuters, we hear that President Bush has Saddam Hussein's pistol mounted as a trophy in an anteroom to the oval office, where apparently he takes pleasure in showing it off to selected guests.
A handgun that Saddam Hussein was clutching when U.S. forces captured him in a hole in Iraq last December is now kept by President Bush at the White House, Time magazine reported Sunday.I hope it makes him feel like a real man now. Sheesh.
In fairness to Bush (I suppose), making it a trophy apparently wasn't Bush's idea:
Military officials had the pistol mounted after it was seized from Saddam near his hometown of Tikrit last year, and soldiers involved in the capture gave it to Bush in a private meeting, Time said.Then again, Bush did say that the "Mission Accomplished" sign was some sailors' idea... until he got caught out on that one. But I'll give him the benefit of the doubt here til I know otherwise.
What's interests me is the location of the "trophy":
The magazine quoted a visitor who had been shown the gun, which is kept in a small study off the Oval Office where Bush displays memorabilia. It is the same room where former President Clinton had some of his encounters with former intern Monica Lewinsky.There's got to be some psychological significance to that little juxtaposition. I only wish I had the expertise to figure out what it is.
Len on 05.30.04 @ 12:46 PM CST