Friday, May 27, 2005

Groucho W. Bush?

High schoolers these days are getting a real education when it comes to sharing their opinion of President Bush.

On the one hand, there's the students of Mesa Ridge High School in Widefield, Colorado. Their high school yearbook got recalled because a joke caption under one poor fellow's photo read "most likely to assassinate President Bush."

Just kidding? Of course, but the U.S. Secret Service had to launch an investigation anyway:

Lon Garner, special agent in charge of the Secret Service's Denver District, said the agency would look into the incident because all threats against the president must be investigated.
"That's our mission," he said. "That's what we do."

On the other hand, there's the students of El Camino Real High School in Woodland Hills, California. Some of them are drama students who wanted to advertise a satirical play by using posters of President Bush with Groucho Marx glasses and a cigar superimposed on his face.

The posters were ordered to be torn down after a student complained:

Principal Kenny Lee ordered 100 posters removed from the campus of El Camino Real High School in the Woodland Hills area last week on grounds that they promoted smoking and "endorsing one ideology over another."

"That's our take on the student speech and conduct," Lee said.

Frankly I think the principal overreacted. It occurs to me that the President (who was a self-admitted class clown in college) probably wouldn't have minded the idea of being pictured with Groucho glasses.

The cigar, on the other hand, even though it's a prop associated with Groucho Marx, could be interpreted as a sign that they're not teaching American history properly. After all, the cigar is more appropriately associated with Bill Clinton, not Bush.