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Georgian poets write all over Bush2010-08-17 18:17
A signboard in George Bush street in Tbilisi has repeatedly been a target for Georgian people to express their anti-war sentiment. Black scribbles were erased from the face of former US president more than once. This time it's three verse makers that autographed the sign. Muse servants suggested naming the highway leading to the airport after Walt Whitman, an American poet, and removing Bush Street, the symbol of corruptibility and shame in the capital. The police took the lyrists to the police station and punished them with fines.
"As I stand aloof and look there is to me something profoundly affecting in large masses of men following the lead of those who do not believe in men", - Walt Whitman translated by Lev Tolstoy wondered like many people do hearing about a George Bush street in Tbilisi for the first time. How much groveling before the power players should there have been to immortalize the leader of two bloody crusades on the Islamic world "for the sake of democracy" in the name of the street?
The street was renamed in 2005 after George Bush's visit to "Georgia-2" state guided by Mikheil Saakashvili, his favorite protégé. Just like a snail leaves a silvery trail behind it, the US president left a sticky print on his way to Tbilisi airport.
The number of rallies against the renaming of the street after George Bush is incalculable. This name became particularly disgusting after Georgia that was inspired by the White House "hawks" launched a war against one of its nations - Ossetians - to be severely punished by Russia.
Last year it was Labor party's demand to remove the shameful signboard. By that time Bush had given way to Barack Obama and the oppositionists - in theory - could get it done. However the black president missed his chance ignoring solicitations of Mikheil Saakashvili obsessed with his love for the States. Since then Obama has been not more than a savage man in the eyes of number one Georgian democrat. "Are we negroes to act like savage men?" - he was rebuking Customs officers recently.
As a result, there is no Obama street after all. Still, the former street name was not returned either as was demanded by Tbilisi intelligentsia in March 2010. Then people brought shoes to place them beneath Bush portrait saying "this is from the people of Georgia". Next to them were crossed out photos of president Mikheil Saakashvili as "remains of the Bush regime to be exported from Georgia".