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This mock scrapbook is a sidesplitting send-up of George W. Bush created by the parody masters at the Modern Humorist web site. Written and illustrated in the style of a child's school notebook, My First Presidentiary shows us life from Dubya's point of view, complete with plenty of doodles (most notably, Dubya as a member of the Fantastic Four) and the teacher's corrections in red pencil.
In this scrapbook you'll find all the hilarious details of Bush's budding "presidentiary," such as his idea for an improved voting machine, the "Vote-inerator," which involves bowling balls and a monkey. If you're tired of calling him Dubya, why not use one of Bush's suggested nicknames for himself: Dubya Dutch, Squinty McGinty, The Great Pronunciator -- or how about The American Ronald Reagan? Bush's suggested White House renovations -- ZZ Top posters, secret passages to the map room and the conservatory, and a room dedicated to Mean Joe Greene -- and the fact that his writing is constantly corrected in red pencil point out in a not-so-subtle way that Dubya is, well, not quite the most gifted scholar. Another must-see is the top-secret instructions in case Bush's "Uncle Dick" Cheney has another heart attack: "Have Secret Service suggest a nap for the President."
The best part about My First Presidentiary is that the creators allow themselves to go too far time and again. Bush's letter to Mumia Abu-Jamal cries out in crayon: "Why couldn't you have turned out more like Michael Jordan, who is part-owner of a terrible basketball team?" (Julie Carr)