Wednesday, November 29, 2006

A Better Idea For Bush's Legacy

Note to Bush: You don't have to spend half a billion dollars on a presidential library.

Naturally, I thought of some mean and funny alternative suggestions. An enormous cemetery came to mind. When Iraq finally falls, you could take part of the failed state and declare it the George W. Bush Memorial Charnel Ground. Another idea was for you to go to New Orleans and build an enormous Aquarium and Water Treatment Facility.

Too subtle?

All right. Here is an earnest suggestion, no sarcasm or satire intended. I wish you would spend your post-presidential years traveling the country and talking about your house in Crawford, Texas.

That's right, your house. The house you and Laura had built. The house that is a scarcely-known model of environmentally harmonious design. I tell people about this and they are amazed. They ask me if this is the same George W. Bush we are talking about. I say, yes. Yes it is.

Here is an article about the house, written by Eric O'Keefe, and a short excerpt describing some of the house's design features:

"The passive-solar house is built of honey-colored native limestone and positioned to absorb winter sunlight, warming the interior walkways and walls of the 4,000-square-foot residence. Geothermal heat pumps circulate water through pipes buried 300 feet deep in the ground. These waters pass through a heat exchange system that keeps the home warm in winter and cool in summer.

"A 25,000-gallon underground cistern collects rainwater gathered from roof urns; wastewater from sinks, toilets, and showers cascades into underground purifying tanks and is also funneled into the cistern. The water from the cistern is then used to irrigate the landscaping around the four-bedroom home. Laura Bush insisted on the use of indigenous grasses, shrubs, and flowers to complete the exterior treatment of the home.

"In addition to its minimal environmental impact, the look and layout of the new ranch house reflect one of the Bushes' paramount priorities: relaxation. A spacious 10-foot porch wraps completely around the residence and beckons the family outdoors."

George, you have one of the most ecologically-harmonious homes in the United States. Very few people know this about you. I could think of no better act for you, post-presidency, than to be an advocate for this kind of design - to proliferate the design and make it affordable for more Americans, and to earn a small measure of redemption for yourself and your disasterous presidency.

Please think about it.

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