Fishing With George W. Bush

Nushin Namazi forwards "Fishing With George W Bush"

On a tour of Texas, the Pope took a day of sightseeing on the coast. Cruising along the sea wall on Galveston Isle in his Popemobile he noticed a commotion just off shore. There was John Kerry struggling frantically to free himself from the jaws of a 25 foot shark. As the Pope watched, horrified, a speedboat came racing up with two men aboard. One of the men, President George W. Bush quickly fired a harpoon into the shark's side, while Dick Cheney reached out and pulled the bleeding, semiconscious Kerry from the water. Then using baseball bats, the two men beat the shark to death and hauled it into the boat.

The Pope shouted and summoned them to the beach. "I give you my blessings for your brave actions," he told them. "I heard that there was some bitter feelings between President Bush and John Kerry, but now I have seen with my own eyes that this is not true." As the Pope drove off, the President asked Dick Cheney "Who was that?"
"It was the Pope," Dick replied. "He's in direct contact with God and has all of God's wisdom." "Well," President Bush said, "he may have access to God's wisdom, but he doesn't know squat about shark fishing... How's the bait holding up?"  

RH: "Squat"? Is that Texas talk? Webster does not recognize it.

In the joke about the Pope, President Bush said he didn't know squat. I asked: "Squat"? Is that Texas talk? Webster does not recognize it". Jaqui White explains "The term is "diddly squat" and it means "nothing", in a derisive way. It is a very common expression in the western part of the United States, particularly among ranchers, oil men, and other salt of the earth types...In the joke about the Pope and President Bush, it was simply shortened to "squat" to save time and breath..." Gene Franklin writes: "In North Carolina, we would say 'diddly squat' for REALLY small knowledge". RH: I regret not belonging to the salt of the earth. Pepper is the preferred WAIS condiment.


September 8, 2004

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