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George W. Bush

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Jan. 20, 2012 - Former President George W. Bush was in town Thursday night, sources tell the Beacon, to address members of the local chapter of the Young Presidents Organization, a national group of up-and-coming young business executives. 

The apparent visit by Bush was not public. The location of the closed-door event was also not disclosed, along with the specifics of the former president's talk.

The Lens: Burning Bush

Oct 27, 2008

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: October 27, 2008 - I wondered what Oliver Stone was up to in creating "W.," his problematic but fascinating biopic about our 43rd president. Released just before the election that will make George W. Bush the lamest of lame ducks, it has only limited claim to factuality. The crucial meetings leading up to the Iraq War are pure speculation, though screenwriter Stanley Weiser's dialogue rings true.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: October 16, 2008 - "W.," Oliver Stone's new, moderately interesting movie about President George W. Bush, which takes the man from his drunken, girl-chasing college days to the dismaying aftermath of the "shock and awe" invasion of Iraq, is surprisingly restrained - restrained, that is, for Oliver Stone.

Commentary: War's second casualty

Jul 30, 2008

This post first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: July 30, 2008 - To the extent that the first casualty of war is truth, it follows that its next victim is language. Words matter because they shape our perceptions of reality. Absurd speech both reflects and encourages absurd thought, which tends to produce equally absurd results.

I'm old enough to remember the doublespeak of Vietnam -- a conflict in which "pacification" entailed liberal doses of napalm and most of the heavy fighting took place in the "De-Militarized Zone."

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, June 5, 2008 - As a youth, I was dragged to see "The Music Man." This traumatic event occurred during a vulnerable phase of early adolescence when I had a carefully cultivated reputation to protect. It's tough to come across as the sixth grade's answer to James Dean if you're seen going to some dorky musical with your mother and your aunt. Alas, child abuse enforcement was lax in those days, so off I went. It was meager solace that it would be dark inside the theater.

President Bush greets volunteer Jerron Johnson before giving him the President's Volunteer Service award, the highest award for service, at St. Louis Lambert airport on Friday. (300 pixels 2008)
Adam Wisneski | Post-Dispatch (pool) | St. Louis Beacon Archives

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: President George W. Bush told high-tech workers at World Wide Technology in Maryland Heights on Friday that rebate checks will help counter slow economic growth and that he remained confident that the “economy is going to come on.”

Bush spoke to a receptive audience that interrupted him with applause several times during a session that included a discussion of gasoline prices, the mortgage crisis, slow economic growth and access to health insurance.