Next On ' Oprah'-...Leaders Who Lie
Date: Saturday, February 04 2006
Topic: Satire & Humour
Published on Friday, February 3, 2006 by the Los Angeles Times
Next on 'Oprah' -- Leaders Who Lie
by Rosa Brooks
SOMEDAY, IN AN alternate universe….
Oprah: George W. Bush, I want to thank you for joining us today.
Five years ago you sat with me and spoke about your past struggles with alcohol. But this week you did something even more courageous. You stood right up before millions of Americans during your State of the Union address and you openly confessed that you're "addicted to oil."
George: Well, Oprah, thank you. That was hard for me to say because, you know, for a Texas man, it's just not easy to face up to something like that.
Oprah: George, after you said that, I got the whole transcript of your speech, and I stayed up two nights straight, honest-to-goodness. I could not sleep, people! I was like, reading, reading. I couldn't put it down.
I was just feeling for you, having to face getting rid of your SUVs and Air Force One and the whole presidential motorcade!
George: Well, you know, the speech, it was full of complete truthiness for me.
Oprah: And you spoke so movingly about facing up to your "switch grass" issues too. There's an underlying message here about redemption, isn't there? You are not surrendering to evil. That really resonated with me.
George: I appreciate that. Fighting evil, it's hard work. I, um … my SUV, um …
Oprah: George, you just go ahead, cry if you want to. I'm not ashamed to tell you that when I watched your speech, I cried too.
George: I really appreciate that, Oprah.
Oprah: But George, I have to be straight with you now. I … I have to say it is difficult for me to talk to you because I also feel really duped. I feel that you betrayed millions of Americans. I mean, uniting, not dividing? "Clear plan for victory" in Iraq? Please! So now, today, I don't know what is true and I don't know what isn't.