In this new book, Speechless: Tales of a White House Survivor, Matt Latimer has an interesting insight into the presidency of George W. Bush. When author J.K. Rowling was proposed as a recipient for the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Bush nixed the idea because Rowling’s Harry Potter series “encouraged witchcraft.” While many of us may be unaware of the outbreak of witchcraft, this was no doubt contained in one of those biblically laced briefing books of the President. What is strange is that the President already honored another author of pure fiction — CIA Director George Tenet — for producing false evidence to justify the invasion of Iraq. It must simply be the genre.
The Presidential Medal of Freedom is awarded to those who make “an especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the United States, world peace, cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.”
Rowling is responsible for getting tens of millions of children (and adults) to read and for creating one of the most lasting and influential fictional series in the history of popular writing.
However, conservatives had long sought to ban reading the book as a primer on witchcraft, here. So when Rowlings name was offered:
people in the White House to actually object to giving the author J.K. Rowling a presidential medal because the Harry Potter books encouraged withcraft.
It appears that liberals are viewed in the same fashion as witches:
When Ted Kennedy was diagnosed with a brain tumor, I suggested that the president might at least consider awarding Kennedy the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Marc [Thiessen] objected wtih the genteel diplomacy he was known for. “That’s crazy!” he thundered. Kennedy was a liberal, he noted (of which I was well aware).
Past recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom include Carol Burnett, Johnny Carson, Paul Harvey. Aretha Franklin and others. However, they never sought to expand the use of the black arts. We are talking about real witches and wizards and the need to hold the line against the force of “He Who Must Not Be Named” (which became ‘They Who Must Not Be Named with the arrival of Cheney). Witches are a real concern for the GOP it appears. After all, Sarah Palin’s favorite minister cut his teeth as a witch hunter and gave Palin protection against witches before her national campaign, here.
What is particularly strange is that Bush seemed to live within a fantasy world of his own, albeit a biblically inspired fantasy. He reportedly told French President Chirac how the Iraq war was the foretold final struggle between Gog and Magog, here.
“That which Voldemort does not value, he takes no trouble to comprehend. Of house-elves and children’s tales, of love, loyalty, and innocence, Voldemort knows and understands nothing. Nothing. That they all have a power beyond his own, a power beyond the reach of any magic, is a truth he has never grasped.”
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