Saturday, March 7, 2009

The new syphilis*

There's an interesting parallel between Bush [G.W.] and Richard Nixon. While Nixon was clearly a superior statesman and in many ways a more intelligent politician, what they share is a kind of boldness in how they emote their insecurities. What we're finding with George Bush, part of what's familiar to people and that adds to his likability for many, is that there's a commonality of deep insecurity and his handling it with a kind of bravado. What they both did is handle things with a similar certainty - certainty being the "disease of kings". --Sean Penn, no date given



*strangely enough, the Wikipedia article doesn't list "disease of kings" as one of the euphemisms for syphilis.

3 comments:

ccyager said...

I thought it was "the disease of Princes" not kings....

Sean Penn sometimes just cracks me up because he says things that people think but don't dare say. Like when he accepted his Oscar this year for "Milk."

Gopher MPH said...

out of curiosity, what did he say? I didn't watch the show (not having a TV ...)

ccyager said...

He thanked "all you commie-loving homophobic son of a guns" I think. It was hilarious. He also said that he's very aware of what people think about him, that's he's a difficult person. He smiled.