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George W. Bush To Receive “Improving The Human Condition” Award

June 25, 2013
korbel-invite

I’ve highlighted the disgusting part. Click to embiggen.

The University of Denver will bestow its “Improving the Human Condition” award this year upon former President George W. Bush. If you’re waiting for the punchline, I’m afraid there is none.  This is for reals, people.

Yes, the Josef Korbel School Of International Studies at the University of Denver has chosen to honor the smirking, intellectually incurious, former warmongerer-in-chief for his contributions to the human condition. This will take place at a dinner on September 9th, assuming a great rift in the universe formed from the overload of irony doesn’t swallow us all up first.

Unfamiliar with Korbel? It’s a very well-respected graduate program which “trains practical idealists who live their values in their actions while navigating the complex political, cultural and administrative realities of our globally interdependent world” and “emphasizes the impact of policy on human welfare, illuminating the interconnectedness of our emerging global society.”

We could, I suppose, debate whether W is a practical idealist who lives his values. It would be much harder to argue that his legacy of human rights abuses, including torture and indefinite detention, preemptive war,  and an ever-expanding police state here in the US has in any way improved the human condition. (Unless, of course, we count only war profiteers.)

So what’s going on here? Two things, working in tandem. On the one hand, there is a concerted effort on the right to rehabilitate George W. Bush’s image and reputation. This has begun in earnest with the opening of his presidential library. On the other hand, the Korbel school needs big money donors. And voilà — meet George W. Bush, Great Humanitarian™.

George W. Bush, Great Humanitarian™

George W. Bush, Great Humanitarian™

Note: Since receiving the invite and starting this post, I have come to learn of a change.org petition set up to protest the award. It won’t change a thing, but it’s important to let the school know we’re watching. You can find the petition here.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. October 15, 2013 10:49 pm

    ロレックス 時計 価格

  2. July 2, 2013 2:11 pm

    Well, come on, after all he did make sure that our children is learning.

  3. June 25, 2013 11:24 am

    He did improve the human condition for the top 1%. You can’t take that away from him.

  4. June 25, 2013 9:47 am

    Bush did improve the human condition. He did this by showing the world that “anyone” can be president of the United States.

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