BATON ROUGE, LA.- The White House announced today that President Bush has successfully sold the state of Louisiana back to the French at more than double its original selling price of $11.25m.
"This is a bold step forward for America" said Bush, "and America will be better and stronger as a result. I stand here today in unity with French Prime Minister Jacques Chirac, who was so kind to accept my offer for Louisiana in exchange for 25 million dollars cash."
The state ravaged by hurricane Katrina, will cost hundreds of billions of dollars to rebuild.
"Jack full well understands this one's a 'fixer upper'," said Bush.
"He and the French people are quite prepared to pump out all that water, and make Louisiana a descent place to live again. And they have got a lot of work to do. But Jack's assured me if it's not right, they're gonna fix it."
The move has been met with incredulity from the beleagured residents of Louisiana.
However, President Bush's decision has been widely lauded by Republicans.
"This is an unexpected but brilliant move by the President," said Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist. "Instead of spending billions and billions of dollars rebuilding the state of Louisiana, We've just made 25 million dollars pure profit."
"This is indeed a smart move" commented Fox News Analyst Brit Hume. "Not only have we stopped the flooding in our own budget, we've made money on the deal. Plus, when the God-awful French are done fixing it up,we can easily invade and take it back again."
The money gained from "The Louisiana Refund" is expected to be immediately pumped into the rebuilding of Iraq.....