President Hails Fledgling
Democracy in Georgia
George Bush today became the first American president since Jimmy Carter
to travel to Georgia, and the first ever to visit the state since it became
a democracy in 1987. He was welcomed by a host of dignitaries, including
Governor Sunny Perdue and former senator 'Zany' Zell Miller.
younger brother of Frank Perdue, the inventor of the first truly tender
chicken, said that the president had promised to normalize trade relations
with the state, in exchange for a pledge to end ethnic cleansing. "Dang it,"
quipped Miller, "just when we finally got plumbing in most of the houses."
The three men made a side trip to Augusta, where the president lay a wreath
at the good foot of a life-size statue of the state's most famous son, the
hardest working man in show business, the godfather of soul, Mister
Dynamite, Soul brother number one, Mister James Brown. "Mister Brown was a
very funky American," Bush said in impromptu remarks. "Back when I was in
the guard, we had 8-tracks in all the jets, and nothing I used to like
better than cranking that baby up full blast. I'm talking about both the
F-102 and the tape deck. 'Sex Machine', ''The Big Payback', I loved 'em all.
And as loud as those engines got, you could still always hear the beat. I
say, Good god, y'all. Yowww! Get on the scene, like a sex machine. Ain't it
"Yeah, it really was very
funky," opined Perdue. "That's something our two great nations can agree