Thursday, May 18, 2006

Official White House photo:

President George W. Bush rides in a U.S. Border Patrol dune buggy during a tour
of the Yuma sector near the U.S. Mexico border in Yuma, Arizona, Thursday, May 18, 2006.
White House photo by Eric Draper

UPDATE: Related Jeff Danziger cartoon here (19 May)


Mission Accomplished!

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/18/2006 7:30 PM  

This picture reminds me of nothing more than Mike Dukakis in that tank.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/18/2006 7:42 PM  

What kind of mileage does that get... 8 mpg?

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/18/2006 7:42 PM  

Dukakis in a tank.

What a plonker.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/18/2006 7:43 PM  

Yup, Dukakis in a tank was my frist thought

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/18/2006 7:43 PM  

If Kerry had ever done it, you KNOW it would have been a Dukakis moment.

By Blogger nolo, at 5/18/2006 7:45 PM  

A perfect vehicle for hisself: you can't tell the front from the rear, and I'd swear he's facing the wrong way and driving backwards.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/18/2006 7:53 PM  

Why isn't Commander Bunnypants wearing a seat belt? Doesn't that law apply to him either?

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/18/2006 8:05 PM  

Is this a vehicle the Border Patrol actually uses?

I bet a dollar it's a prototype that was tarted up and rolled out for the photo-op.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/18/2006 8:06 PM  

Where's his funny hat?

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/18/2006 8:07 PM  

What, no fake machine gun mounted on the roof?

And where's the picture of him serving a tray full of plastic tacos to the appreciative "troops?"

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/18/2006 8:09 PM  

Damn, that thing looks like it was modeled after Speed Buggy.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/18/2006 8:09 PM  

"Mom! He's goin' too fast! It's scary! Mo-o-ommmm!"

-- excerpted from Incurious George and the Very Fast Buggy, or Oops! I Wet 'em Again

By Blogger filkertom, at 5/18/2006 8:15 PM  


By Blogger maurinsky, at 5/18/2006 8:17 PM  

He seems to have flown with the crew of Apollo 15 and stowed away in the lunar rover. Either that, or on the set of "Diamonds Are Forever."

By Blogger Norwood, at 5/18/2006 8:18 PM  

On Olbermann's 'Countdown' tonight, one of the 'Soundbites' was George babbling incoherently about (I think) why he was in Arizona. Then he paused and said something like "And I like ridin' in that dune buggy!"

What a f**king idiot.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/18/2006 8:23 PM  

Looks like a beefed up VW.
Check out the hood.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/18/2006 8:27 PM  

Badges!? We ain't got no badges. We don't need no badges! I don't have to show you any stinking badges!!

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/18/2006 8:30 PM  

La misión alcanzó!

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/18/2006 8:34 PM  

Boy George!

Curious George!

Georgie Porgie can't get no respect!

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/18/2006 9:40 PM  

Where's the codpiece at?

By Blogger Hank Essay, at 5/18/2006 10:13 PM  

No way man! The dude's the Road Warrior!

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/18/2006 10:15 PM  

Atrios, earlier this week:

Commander Codpiece Defends the Border

So, Bush assures Fox that our little military mobilization at the border will just be temporary. I know what they're thinking at the White House. We can have a lovely little "fake war" at the border, one with all the cool uniforms, hummers, helicopters, etc... A war which is entirely safe. A war where there isn't really an enemy. And the president can safely visit that war, prance around in his codpiece, yell things out a bullhorn while sitting astride a massive hummer.

Ridiculous, but that's probably the plan.


Somehow it still stuns me how predictable this administration's oafishness is.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/18/2006 10:40 PM  

Isnt that the thing Woody Allen used in Bananas?

By Blogger Splash, at 5/18/2006 11:14 PM  

Is that the Border Patrol or Moon Patrol? I think that job would be a lot fun if they painted their buggies pink.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/19/2006 12:03 AM  


(1) Karl Rove still thinks we're idiots.

(2) George still is an idiot.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/19/2006 12:05 AM  

Presidents Wanted.

By Blogger gspan, at 5/19/2006 12:06 AM  

Dubai Dubya Dunebugger

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/19/2006 3:37 AM  

No Preznitail Seal - it can't be official.

By Blogger Zappatero, at 5/19/2006 4:04 AM  

Notice it is not moving!!!

By Blogger David Deutsch, at 5/19/2006 4:51 AM  


By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/19/2006 4:51 AM  

G.I. George! A real American Zero!

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/19/2006 4:55 AM  

Where's his gun? Why doesn't he have a gun?

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/19/2006 4:58 AM  

"Frat Patrol" -- 'cuz it reminds me of that similarly named 1960's TV show...

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/19/2006 5:13 AM  

click-it or ticket!

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/19/2006 5:37 AM  

Who cares, I want me one of them.

By Blogger JD Rhoades, at 5/19/2006 5:54 AM  

I hope it makes his "roids" hurt!

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/19/2006 6:05 AM  

"Pandering Accomplished"

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/19/2006 6:20 AM  

Boys and their toys.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/19/2006 6:32 AM  

How many advance people did it take to set up this shot? Probably dozens and dozens. They probably scouted for days to find *exactly* the right dirt field and *exactly* the right angle for the fence.

I can see Karl Rove in the background shouting "make sure you get the fence AND the road! Not just the buggy! And make it look like he's moving!!!"

Dukakis in a tank, to be sure.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/19/2006 6:43 AM  

Aw. So cute! It looks like a Volkswagen Thing!

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/19/2006 6:46 AM  

How many $100K Volkswagons does it take to change a lightbulb?

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/19/2006 7:17 AM  

Did GW decide to arrive early so that he could finally find a National Guard unit? And, just think of it: He is now Commander-in-Chief. WOW!

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/19/2006 7:43 AM  

It's like landin' on an aircraft carrier - but on land...

Photo Op accomplished.

By Blogger salty, at 5/19/2006 7:49 AM  

"Why isn't Commander Bunnypants wearing a seat belt? Doesn't that law apply to him either?"

No, he's immortal, like all 10 year olds.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/19/2006 7:52 AM  

That thing reminds me of the military-surplus ATVs the tornado-chasing "Storm Troupe" used in Bruce Sterling's novel Heavy Weather.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/19/2006 8:14 AM  

Oooh! Oooh! Make it go FAST! Make it go FAST! PLEEEEEEASE???

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/19/2006 8:38 AM  

A picture is worth a thousand words!!!

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/19/2006 9:07 AM  

It actually reads better than it sounded.

George, yesterday, after his photo op:

I think it helps to have the President out here, seeing the part of the area of the country that one time was overrun by people coming in here, that's beginning to get settled down because of a strategy that's being employed. And so I really want to thank you all for greeting me. Plus I liked riding in the dune buggy.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/19/2006 9:12 AM  

Never mind deporting Mexican - lets deport all the idiots that voted for that idiot in the dune buggy.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/19/2006 9:48 AM  

I don't even want to know what one of those vehicles cost the taxpayers - I'm guessing 1/2 mil a piece...

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/19/2006 10:39 AM  

the president demonstrates his new immigration policy: riding around endlessly in the desert.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/19/2006 10:48 AM  

I knew he cared about something and now it's obvious! He has fulfilled his dream to ride in a dune buggy!

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/19/2006 11:16 AM  

He's got his sleeves rolled up in that "just folks/I mean business" thing he does when he visits New Orleans or swings a hammer at a construction site or this and that, the look that says he One Of Us and he's rarin' to go an' work awful hard ta fix things an' make our country more strong an' united. Funny how you never see Putin or the Chinese leaders or any other actual leader do this Ah'm A Workin' Man schtick of his. I hate this look even more than the suit-and-flag-lapel-pin look because it's such a phony act.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/19/2006 11:40 AM  

Where's the fake turkey??!!

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/19/2006 11:56 AM  

"Where's the fake turkey?"
He's sitting in the dune buggy going in circles.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/19/2006 2:39 PM  

Snoopy photo.

By Blogger brainhell, at 5/19/2006 4:10 PM  

I love the Bonanza Steakhouse font used on the side of the buggy.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/19/2006 5:48 PM  

That stars and stripes paint job is straight Hot Wheels. Please someone tell me when the grown-ups are going to run the show again?

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/19/2006 11:55 PM  

First, those things get pretty decent MPG, they move pretty quick, too. Second, those things rock. Special forces use them for raids. Think the SAS jeep attack squads n World War II.

Dave in NJ

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/20/2006 10:03 PM  

"if we pull some badass jumps in these dune buggies, the illegal immigrants will freeze in there tracks in awe of the sweet air we're getting, and then be easy to capture."

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/23/2006 12:11 AM  

Fred in OR-

It's a sad day when the left-wing, "kook" media is able to brainwash an unsupecting and igonorgant public into believing that Billy-Boy Clinton was a great man and President and George W. Bush is a cross between Hitler and Curly from the Stooges. Wake up America and realize what a fine job this man is truly doing to keep us free!

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/24/2006 6:49 AM  

Notice it is not moving!!!

Notice that it's a PHOTOGRAPH.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6/28/2006 3:18 PM  

Good grief, calling an Unlimited-class Baja-1000 capable military-spec sand-rail with 30-inch suspension a "dune buggy" is downright short-bus.
Those bad-boys can cross the desert, rocks, whoops, gulleys and all at 80mph plus while the driver sits rock steady and the machine-gunner picks-up and eliminates targets downrange with a .50 bmg - they're a lot more than just Barbie's "dune buggy." And there are a bunch at work in Afgthanistan piloted by Special Forces.

By Blogger NotClauswitz, at 6/28/2006 3:20 PM  

Bush is as bad on the illegal immigration issue as his opponent was during the last election. He doesn't know whether he is coming or going. What a waffler. Personally, I think the issue has got to be addressed with some TEETH in it. Quit mollycoddling illegal immigrants, and they will stay at home. Duh!
Let's Play Border Patrol! (Free link to a FREE Game!)

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10/14/2007 11:18 AM  

This would make a great arcade game..Bush drives back and forth and you get to shoot at him scoring points for hits and the bonus for knocking him out of the car!!

By Blogger Bob, at 7/03/2009 3:54 PM  

Enjoy the adventure of Desert Safari Dubai..

By Blogger Unknown, at 8/19/2013 3:42 AM  

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