The movie, however, lost big-time at the box office, and, Comedy Central’s animated satire Lil’ Bush aside, Bush-like figures would afterward appear on screen only in cameos. In these, when he isn’t fucking over the world, he’s invariably a cool guy to hang with, whether eating Ho-Hos in Transformers (2007) or passing a joint in Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantánamo Bay (2008).
Now he must reckon with Oliver Stone, who in interviews discussing W. has likened his hero to those in Shakespeare’s tragedies. I have my doubts. A tragic hero usually comes to some kind of self-recognition by the end of the drama; Bush remains proudly unaware. And usually the tragic hero is sacrificed for the community, not the other way around. The Bush administration was tragic for everyone but him. And in the end it was no laughing matter.
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