George Bush and Me
that dwarf this flawless cone
seeming to float above Japan,
the whitest clouds turned drab
against its lustrous sides.
its solitude and strength
some things will abide,
the fruitless, transient labors
of our lives.
Fuji humbles us--
its strength and lasting beauty--
our own fleeting lives.
--Jimmy Carter, "Flying Into Japan and Seeing Mount Fuji Above the Clouds"
Mount Fujiyama is a gigantic geological landmark. It can be seen for miles and miles, coming into Japan, either from the sea or from the air. It can even be seen from Chi Chi Jima island.
According to official military records, on September 2, 1944, George Bush bailed out of his
airplane over Chi Chi Jima . But also, according to those same records, no U.S. raids were carried
out on Chi Chi Jima between July 4, 1944 and February 1945. George Bush maintains that his
plane was on fire when he bailed out of it, and that this is why he didn't attempt to water land his
plane, as he allegedly had off Guam two months before. But the man who flew closest to Bush
during the Chi Chi Jima raid insists George Bush's plane was not on fire at the time Bush bailed
out of it. If Bush's plane wasn't on fire, according to the people involved, he should have water
landed--again, as he had allegedly done off Guam. But the question that is really raised here is, did
George Bush really land his plane in the water off Guam--or did he land it on Guam itself? The
reason why this is an interesting question is that, at the time, Guam was held by the Japanese.
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