Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Quote of the Day: Staring At The Sea Edition

Maureen Dowd commenting on the announcement that Bush, playing against type, was reading The Stranger by French existentialist Albert Camus on his most recent vacation in Crawford:

"If there was ever a confirmation of Camus’s sense of the absurdity of life, it’s that the president is reading him."

She even finishes as a runner-up in the same contest with a clever quip at the end of this paragraph [emph. mine]:

"Debunking the theory that W. had a sports section or Mad magazine’s “Spy vs. Spy” tucked inside the 1946 classic of angst, Mr. Snow noted that he and the president had “a brief conversation on the origins of French existentialism, Camus and Sartre.” Pressed for more details by an astonished columnist having trouble envisioning Waco as the Left Bank, the press secretary laughed. “Confidential conversation,” he said, extending the administration’s lack of transparency to literature."

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