WASHINGTON (AP) - Echoing the final years of the absolutist French monarchy, President George Bush appeared before Congress on Wednesday and asserted "L'État, c'est moi" ("The State is me") as he claimed that only his God-like presidency should set the timetable of the Iraq war, and not Congress which seeks to have the US withdraw from Iraq in 2008.
"We no longer require representative national institutions, since as Sun King, I am able to see further and wiser than you sans-culottes," said Bush as he attempted to dissolve Congress. Bush appeared dressed in a powdered wig and silken embroidered robes as he popped delicate French pastries into his mouth. Vice President Dick Cheney and Senator John McCain waved huge fans above the head of Bush to keep him from growing faint.
Yet the Congressmen found Bush's demeanour to be utterly offensive as he sought to equate his autocratic impositions with the moral authority of the American state.
"My power is derived from Jesus, the oil industry, AIPAC and Israel, and I am responsible to them alone," asserted Bush to catcalls from Republicans and Democrats alike.
Senate and House Republicans joined with Democrats in denouncing the draconian Bush and his ancien regime which now seeks to attack Iran for Israel, the oil industry and to defend the dying US dollar.
As he gazed out at the guillotine being hastily erected outside of the White House by Congressmen dressed in overalls and with rolled up shirtsleeves, Bush was heard to utter, "Je m'en vais, mais l'État demeurera toujours" ("I am going away, but the Republican State will always remain").
"Let them eat cake!" he added later as he was led up the steps to the infamous French execution device for his crimes against liberty and the American people.