Presidential Poetry

Filed under:General — eric @ 5:43 am

One more…

Recall that lovely poem the president wrote to his wife, Laura? Laura stated at the National Book Festival Gala (full text here at the White House website):

We delight in great works of literature and especially in the works of budding new artists. President Bush is a great leader and husband - but I bet you didn’t know, he is also quite the poet. Upon returning home last night from my long trip, I found a lovely poem waiting for me. Normally, I wouldn’t share something so personal, but since we’re celebrating great writers, I can’t resist.

Dear Laura,
Roses are red, violets are blue, oh my lump in the bed, how I’ve missed you.
Roses are redder, bluer am I, seeing you kissed by that charming French guy.
The dogs and the cat they miss you too, Barney’s still mad you dropped him, he ate your shoe.
The distance my dear has been such a barrier, next time you want an adventure, just land on a carrier.

I’m happy to be the inspiration behind this poem.

Well… Laura was on “Meet the Press” two weekends ago, and when Tim Russert went to ask Laura about the poem, she had a different story:

Well, of course, he didn’t really write the poem. But a lot of people really believed that he did. That evening at the dinner, what some woman from across the table said: “You just don’t know how great it is to have a husband who would write a poem for you.”

I guess the woman at dinner was right. Laura really doesn’t know.


  1. Nice piece of homegrown poetry. Like my father told me, don’t give up your day job. Being a poet is much more demanding! I would respectfully request info you could give me on any biography of presedential poetry. I am as curious as can be now. Since I have finished reading a few poems by Abe. Lincoln. Has anyone ever attempted such a composite? Most sincerely(God bless), Darres J. Munds

    Comment by Darres J. Mundas — 2/18/2004 @ 11:22 am

  2. Poem | Presidential Elecrtion

    In this presidential election,
    promises will be made.
    In this presidential election,
    the truth will fade.

    Lies will be swirling around the mote,
    but the question is, who will vote?

    In this presidential election,
    Some candidates will be sad.
    In this presidential election,
    People will get mad.

    Lies will be swirling around the mote,
    but the question is, who will vote?

    In this presidential election,
    I will turn to Fox and CNN.
    In this presidential election,
    I hope the winner is my friend.

    Facts will be swirling on TV,
    but the answer is,
    will this president be for me?

    Comment by Hans Schnauber — 2/21/2004 @ 1:51 am

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