George Bush is forming a rock band after he leaves the White House.
Many think he would make an unlikely rock star. But, says a Bush spokesman, crossing artistic and political boundaries has never presented a problem and he is as enthusiastic and as sure about himself as he was about fighting terrorism. Especially since and I quote, "this was not all my own idea but another calling from 'God'".
Bush, best known for tinkering with melodies has asked Dick Cheney, best known for writing words to "Chained Melody for Righteous Brothers," piped into cells of prisoners of war is delighted with the offer to collaborate.
"We'll be the next Rogers and Hammerstein; if successful George and I plan to do our own version of 'The King and I'.Till this came along, I didn't know what I was going to do," says Cheney anxious to show us his latest wrap poem that he readily admits is a parody of the classic, 'Rock Around the Clock' called, "Wrap around the World War" but laced with more emotional honesty and hip hop rhythms that he is sure will be picked up by I-tunes.
George bush has also enlisted help from his wife Laura who plans to add environmental sounds to their work by running vacuum cleaners, washers and dryers and dishes clanking in a dishwasher.
"It's something I always wanted to do," says Mrs. Bush. "I could never do these things when I lived in the White House and I can't stand a house that is in any way physically, mentally or spiritually, dirty. Now maybe I can finally stop watching my weight, wearing uncomfortable shoes and do something meaningful like have my own Tupperware party. Tupperware, in case there is anyone out there who does not already know, is fantastic for both freezing and warming humble pies."
"Were braced for it," says an unnamed congressman in a Mick Jagger mask. "As usual we did not have a big debate on the subject. There has been little precedent regarding politicians becoming musicians, but we don't anticipate any need for government intervention even thought they will be operating without a safety net. Look, if they are happy, we are happy and if they can do it we can do it.
If not successful as rock stars Mr. Bush and Mr. Cheney plan to turn themselves into wind turbines. "They are already experienced hot air blowers says a Bush spokesman. No one plans to bail them out like Freddy Mac and Fannie Mae if they fail. Maybe as this administration draws to a close and before there is a mass stampede to the exits they will make a go of it. It's a lot better than using taxpayers money for rehab.