November 11, 2010

George Bush is still walking the streets and what are you going to do about it?


It was one of the coolest ideas for a protest in a long time — and one of the most effective — when British activists urged people to go into bookstores and move copies of Tony Blair‘s memoir into the crime section. (They did it, en masse. Helped, we suspect, by booksellers themselves.) Now, a US website is urging people to do the same to George Bush‘s memoir, Decision Points. As the website Waging Nonviolence puts it:

Taking a cue from a movement in Britain that called for people to subversively move Tony Blair’s recently published memoir, A Journey, to the Crime section of bookstores, Waging Nonviolence is asking that in honor of the release of the Bush memoir, people reshelve Decision Points to the part of the bookstore where it really belongs: Crime.

If you do decide to participate in this nonviolent act of subversion, please respond to our invitation, take a picture of your “mission accomplished,” and post a photo of your handiwork to the Wall of the event page we’ve created on Facebook.

In Bush’s upcoming memoir he defends several of the criminal policies that he implemented during his time in office, including the invasion of Iraq and the use of waterboarding …

Here’s your chance to voice your opinion on what you think about George Bush’s presidential recollections. Is it a crime, humor, horror, dark fantasy? Whatever your opinion, go out on Tuesday and put Bush in his right place.

In another fun protest, let us not forget the Huffington Post is asking readers “to send in their new and improved Photoshopped Decision Points covers.”

Meanwhile, the publicity roll-out for the book has begun with an interview on NBC with Today Show host Matt Lauer, which the press here in New York has been yammering about for days. Does it mean Matt Lauer is the new Walter Cronkite? The interview happened Tuesday night, and the answer is clear: No. The headline to the New York Times report says it all: “Bush Interview is a Bust for NBC.” Apparently, Dancing with the Stars had nearly three times as many viewers.

Dennis Johnson is the founder of MobyLives, and the co-founder and co-publisher of Melville House. Follow him on Twitter at @mobylives