December 29, 2008
The President wishes you a happy Nowruz, um, New Year
I'll bet you've never heard of Nowruz, also known as the Iranian New Year. It falls around the first day of Spring, predates Islam, and is observed in several central Asian countries with names that end in -stan, some of which we have (too many) of our troops in.
And I'll bet that Presidents George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush had never heard of it either. But that hasn't stopped them from sending out their best wishes, first in 1992 (gee, did some Iranian-American group complain, do you think?), then in 2000 by Clinton (what about 1993-99?), and now annually since 2005 by Bush the Younger and Most Brain Damaged by Diversity.
I'm going to merely wish everyone a happy (Christian Era) New Year, and I don't care about the dozens (hundreds?) of other versions anymore. Remember, diversity is no longer our greatest source of strength, but our greatest source of conflict, and absurdity.
Check out the link here. (You'll have to type in the word nowruz in the archive search area). Also take note that for the first time, just this year, President Bush had to not only issue the annual best wishes, but had to elaborate on Nowruz in two recorded interviews the same day!
Speaking of countries that end in -stan, maybe we should rename America, and the Presidency, Absurdistan.
Posted by AndyK at 7:51 PM