Who's Your Daddy?

Bush and Cheney play the stern '50s father, but the model is a bit rusty

One worked in the oil industry and baseball; the other dropped out of college and laid oil pipes out West. Neither speaks too much, preferring action to words. Hobbies? Fly-fishing, with little talking; walking on the ranch. An energy crisis? Drill for more oil. A teaching failure? Test 'em. A surplus? Give it back to the people.

This may be a slightly skewed reading of the political style of George W. Bush and Dick Cheney, but it gets at something real. On the eve of Father's Day, these men are straight off a 1950s Hallmark card. These guys are guys....

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