Bush Evicted

Posted Mar 30 2006

Public Housing ‘One Strike Eviction’ policy sends President Bush packing. This is a lesson I used to illustrate the use of satire as a form of social commentary via humor. The first page was the prereading handout I gave the students and under that is the article itself. Page two is the questions we used. While I acknowledge that many of the answers to the questions are painfully obvious, their purpose is to ensure that the students actually read the article. That is quite an accomplishment for many of the students I work with.

The New Face of DestitutionSatire
As with speaking, writing is a form of communication and thus, there are many styles. Some are formal while others are informal. Some are serious while others are playful. The next two readings are satires. Satire is defined as:
1. A literary work in which human vice or folly is attacked through irony, derision, or wit.
2. Irony, sarcasm, or caustic wit used to attack or expose folly, vice, or stupidity.
Essentially, the writer uses humor to make fun of something that they don’t agree with, they’re trying to make light of a situation, or they’re trying to show the stupidity of something.

Some other words to help you out:

Vice: A moral fault or failing
Folly: A lack of good sense
Deride (derision): To laugh at/ridicule
Irony: the use of words to express something other than and especially the opposite of the literal meaning
Caustic: Marked by sarcasm

Supreme Court forgot that the White House was public housing

WASHINGTON, D.C.—In a startling display of Keystone government power, a Supreme Court decision resulted in the eviction of President George W. Bush from the White House May 20.

U.S. Marshals, Secret Service agents, United Nations Secretary Kofi Annan, and workers from the "Tuff Riders" moving company staged a stand off on the White House lawn for several hours. "Why are you bothering me?" said a somewhat unaware President Bush as the incident began early Monday morning. "It was my brother's daughter with the drugs; not mine. So what if she just left the White House?

I'm the president of America's United Countries…ugh States. And that now includes Texas."

It all began when, on March 26, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of the federal public housing "one strike and you're out" eviction policy. Under this policy, public housing authorities can evict an innocent family member of people who use drugs, regardless of whether the tenant knew or not.

Apparently, the Supreme Court forgot that the White House was public housing. And with two adolescent drinkers, an addicted niece and tons of "recovered" friends it was only a matter of time before Pres. Bush and his family was sent packing, said critics. Though still president, political analysts believe this recent turn of events will weaken George W's presidency considerably for the duration of his term.

"How ironic that in the end, it was not Florida voting ballots found in Kathleen Harris' make up kit, Enron, Bin Laden, a pretzel or an inadvertent syllable stuck in his throat, but an unconstitutional public housing policy upheld by Supreme Court justices, one which is made of chocolate," said Calvin Storm of Political Action.

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