To no one's surprise, President Bush today publicly defended Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld against charges that he is uncaring and insensitive.
"That's a bunch of bull hockey," Bush said. "Sometimes, perhaps his demeanor is rough and gruff. But below that rough and gruff, no-nonsense demeanor is a good human being who cares deeply about the military and deeply about the grief that war causes. That's the sort of Defense Secretary I know and respect. What, you know a different Defense Secretary, John McCain? I'll kick your ass. I've done it before and I won't hesitate to do it again."
"Now if you all keep quiet for a second, I'd like to read you a little poem about the man that I fondly call Rummy. Or the Rum-master. But usually Rummy. Trent Lott, you know what you'd better call him? Sir. Cause I've got your number son, and it's no skin off my back to give you a thrashing."
"Okay. I call this 'A Real Good Man'.
I know Secretary Rumsfeld's heart.
"Pretty good, huh? And it ought to be, cause
I wrote it from the heart, where all good poems come from. Now no more
bad-mouthing from any of you hot shots. Cause I'm warning you. See this ear
©2004, Mark Hoback