Testaments: George H. W. Bush

georgebushsr.GIFThis week, John Peeler presents “Testaments,” a series of poems that take the form of valedictory statements by each of the postwar presidents, in the poetic manner of Edgar Lee Masters’ Spoon River Anthology.

George H. W. Bush

Called Reagan on his voodoo economics,
didn’t matter;
people wanted to believe.
So swallowed it and served the voodoo master
eight patient years.
Willie Horton made me President.
Saddam got mixed signals on Kuwait.
Still had to push him back:
couldn’t let it pass.
Take him out?  Occupy?
Would have been stupid.

Published by the LA Progressive on October 31, 2008
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About John Peeler

John Peeler is a retired professor of political science at Bucknell University, specializing in Latin American and international affairs. His op-ed essays have appeared in The Christian Science Monitor and USA Today, as well as many in local papers in central Pennsylvania where he lives. He has had letters published in both the New York Times and the Washington Post.