The Conductor-In-Chief

May 14th, 2007at 06:19pm Posted by Eli

Bill Tiernan/The Virginian-Pilot

And now, your moment of zen…

He’s the president, he can do what he wants.

On Sunday, George Bush wanted to conduct a 400-piece symphony playing at the 400th anniversary celebration of the first permanent English settlement in America, at Jamestown.

Midway through a rousing rendition of “The Stars and Stripes Forever,” Bush took the baton from JoAnn Falletta, musical director of the Virginia Symphony Orchestra.

While the Anniversary Park crowd of several thousand roared, the president led the musicians for two minutes without a hitch.

Bush pointed to all sections of the orchestra, which included young musicians from around the country. He implored crescendos. His grin burst with pleasure.


Falletta said the commander in chief had a good ear.

“He was very musical,” she said. “He was cueing the brass; he was cueing the percussion. He kept the tempo going.”

I think Dubya has pretty much given up on any actual governance at this point, and is now just focusing solely on enjoying the presidency-as-reality-show-prize, which was really the only aspect of it he was ever interested in.

Either that, or he’s finally listening to Bill Maher’s advice from a few Friedmans ago:

Now, I kid, but seriously, Mr. President, this job can’t be fun for you anymore. There’s no more money to spend. You used up all of that. You can’t start another war because you also used up the army….

…Now it’s time to do what you’ve always done best: lose interest and walk away. Like you did with your military service. And the oil company. And the baseball team. It’s time. Time to move on and try the next fantasy job. How about cowboy or spaceman?!

Admittedly, conductor seems a bit of a reach, but he’s in kind of the fantasy-job shopping-around phase right now. My money is on bulldozer driver, lion tamer, or beer taster.

(h/t The All-Seeing Eye Of Froomkin)

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