Thursday, July 15, 2004

Frat House Bitches for Bush

Doonesbury cartoonist Garry Trudeau talks to Rolling Stone this week about his early experiences with Yale classmate George W. Bush:

Trudeau said he penned his very first cartoon to illustrate an article in the Yale Daily News on Bush and allegations that his fraternity, DKE, had hazed incoming pledges by branding them with an iron.

The article in the campus paper prompted The New York Times to interview Bush, who was a senior that year. Trudeau recalled that Bush told the Times "it was just a coat hanger, and ... it didn't hurt any more than a cigarette burn."

"It does put one in mind of what his views on torture might be today," Trudeau said.

Read the whole scathing article here.

Maureen Dowd also covered the branding story in 1999 column, there is a discussion on Mother Jones with more facts and new information dating this May.

Er...I am the only one right now with flashbacks from the HBO series OZ?

Maybe Karl Rove can start a up new campaign group. The Democrats have "Veterans for Kerry." The Republicans can have "Frat House Bitches for Bush."

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