Examples: [Collected via e-mail, November 2008]
We have the distinction of being members of a committee to raise $200,000,000 to be used for placing a statue of
The committee was in a quandary about selecting the proper location for the statue. It was thought unwise to place it beside that of George Washington, who never told a lie, or beside that of Richard Nixon, who never told the truth, since
After careful consideration, we think it should be placed next to the statue of Christopher Columbus, the greatest Republican of them all, in that he started out not
The inscription on the statue will read: "I pledge allegiance to
Five thousand years ago, Moses said to the children of Israel, "Pick up your shovels, mount your asses and camels, and I will lead you to the Promised Land." Nearly five thousand years later, Ronald Reagan said, "Lay down your shovels, sit on your asses, and light up a Camel, this is the Promised Land." Now
If you are one of the few who has any money left over after paying off Bush's huge national debt, we will expect a generous contribution from you toward this noteworthy project.
National Committee on the Bush Bust
P.S. It is said that Michael Steele is considering changing the Republican party emblem from an elephant to a condom because it stands for inflation, protects a bunch of pricks, halts production, and gives a false sense of security while one is getting screwed!
Origins: "The President's Statue" is another piece of decades-old "copylore" (i.e., items originally distributed via photocopied versions) that was dusted off, refurbished with the names of current politicians, and set loose again around the time of the 2008 presidential election season. Earlier versions were aimed at every
In his article on "The President's Statue and the Promised Land," folklorist Alan Dundes offered examples of the two earlier parts featuring presidents
King Saul said to his people 15,000 years ago, "Get off your ass, pick up your shovel, get on your camel and I'll lead you to the promised land." Then in 1944, Roosevelt said, "Throw away your shovel, sit on your ass, light up a Camel; this is the promised land. Then in 1959, Ike takes your shovel, sells your camel, kicks your ass, and says there is no promised land.
Of the hybrid version, Dundes and Carl R. Pagter observed in their 1975 book, Work Hard and You Shall Be Rewarded, that:
Dundes, Alan. "The President's Statue and the Promised Land." Journal of the Midcontinent American Studies Association 4 (1963) (pp. 52-55). Dundes, Alan and Carl R. Pagter. Work Hard and You Shall Be Rewarded. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 1975. ISBN 0-8143-2432-0 (pp. 10-11).