Kosinski's Chance is unable to read or write. "I do not read any newspapers," said Chance. "I watch TV." In an October 17, 2003, interview on Fox, George W. Bush volunteered that he did not read newspapers. The emptiness of both George W. Bush and Chance the Gardener is on display yet remains invisible to their admirers. This emptiness in turn is a product of their illiteracy. Those who are proposing Chance for the vice-presidency significantly praise him as a "blank page," a man with no personal history.Bush is the blank page onto which we have written our desires. It is fascinating, in a way, to see many of those who supported the Iraq adventure now pulling back, bailing out, reversing course & etc. -- without every acknowledging what anyone who could read the news papers knew before the war began. That the whole thing was based on a shallow fantasy of American power, which they misrepresented as American virtue. And the administration's reliable enablers continue to assert that those who oppose the war are traitors.And when the president speakes these days, he doesn't even try to disguise the shit that flows out of his mouth.
Via Wood s Lot, I came across this cogent essay in CTheory by Carol Vanderveer Hamilton in which that flickering sensation you get when watching George W. Bush on television is explained. The most effective critical writing reveals the known as newly informed insight. Hamilton's dispassionate prose is devastating in its directness: