Thursday, January 06, 2005


Twins Separated at Birth

USA Today in an article discussing the Gonzales nomination tries to explain the closeness of the relationship between the Current President and Mr. Gonzales:

Bush “likes somebody he sees as having overcome potential disadvantages, because he sees himself as having done that,” says Paul Burka, executive editor of Texas Monthly magazine and a close follower of the president.

The same article notes that Gonzales is:

"The son of Mexican immigrants with little formal education, Gonzales had ascended from a childhood home in Houston with no hot water or telephone to the Air Force, Rice University and Harvard Law School. Gonzales' against-all-expectations success impressed Bush."

Like him or hate him, Gonzales has an inspiring story. The second of eight children, his father was a construction worker who never finished high-school. Gonzales enlisted in the Air Force after finishing high-school, served two years in Alaska, was accepted at the Air Force academy, transferred to Rice, and then attended Harvard Law. None of his siblings attended college. Mr. Gonzales clearly has "overcome potential disadvantages".

Just like George Bush?

Let's see...
The son of two prominent members of the WASP aristocracy. Mr. Bush's father attended Yale University and Yale Law School; his mother attended Smith College. Mr. Bush's father had dead-end jobs as an oil executive, congressman, Director of the Republican National Committee, Ambassador to the United Nations, Ambassador to China, Director of the CIA, vice-president of the United States, and then (oh, yeah)


All of his childhood homes had hot, running water and telephones. Mr. Bush attended Phillips Academy for high school. He graduated from Yale University and the Harvard Business School.
He spent an unknown amount of time in the Texas Air National Guard. All of his siblings attended college.

Geez...its amazing how these two lives mirror each other. What horrible disadvantages they both have overcome!

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