Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Henry V again
by Larry Geller
Many thanks to anonymous, who posted a comment to my earlier article, Henry V – the anti-Bush.
For an account of political punditry's analogies between Bush and Henry V, see the following piece:
Although the article is a couple of years old, it’s still a good read. And I suppose I should have known that there would be many comparisons of presidents with Henry V.
Here’s one snippet from the article:
GEORGE W. BUSH
Henry V. A son who wishes to redeem his father’s reign, Hal puts the indiscretions of his youth behind him to get serious and go straight: “Presume not that I am the thing I was, for God doth know [and] so shall the world perceive, that I have turned away my former self.” The young king leads a robust and relentless campaign that ends in stunning victory. (Okay, I’m a Republican, but Henry V ruled as one, too.)
Now a few years later, we know that the bum didn’t go straight. George I mean.
Hmmm… where’s my respect for the president? I don’t think I would ever have referred to a previous president this way. Maybe it has something to do with my feeling that we didn’t actually elect him. The next president needs to work on bringing respect back to the office.