Friday, January 25, 2008

A Charge To Keep... (yeah, that's the ticket...)

This painting, I do not think I am understating, is important to President George W. Bush. He even took the painting's title as the title of his autobiography: "A Charge To Keep". And... it kinda looks like him. Don't you think? The real story of the painting, though... well, it's all right here.

A noble horseman leads a gallant charge--
Full gallop, up a steep and rocky trail
The group he leads is small; their courage large,
And heart and God ensure they will prevail.

This painting is a message to us all,
The very spirit of the Lone Star State,
That when our cause is just, we cannot fall--
Serve God, and you need never fear your fate!

Except...the painting here depicts a thief,
Who only narrowly escapes the noose;
The story may be Bush's true belief,
But his interpretation is... well... loose.

A realistic painting, but at best
For Bush, a diagnostic Rorschach test

Hat tip to Pharyngula...


The Ridger, FCD said...

What? You're suggesting the artist actually has some say about the meaning of his art?

Cuttlefish said...

I know, I know, it is a radical idea. I mean, seriously--who is more qualified to interpret a work of art than the Leader Of The Free World? Hell, he ought to write it into an amendment....