Who Said That? -- Friday Night Drinks

Someone said this of a President of the United States of America:

Trusting to escape scrutiny, by fixing the public gaze on the exceeding brightness of military glory -- that attractive rainbow, that rises in showers of blood -- that serpent's eye, that charms to destroy -- he plunged into war."

Name: a) the President and b) the writer.

Prize: a free drink this Friday night from E@L at [a venue yet to be decided, quiet but cool - maybe back to The Scarlet? We'll see.].

Consolation Prize: buy yourself drink.

Round 8-9 ish. If you wish to join E@L and mebbie others somewhere mysterious in Singapore drop a line to shallow_phil@expat-at-large.com and he'll get back to you with the venue ASAP.


Addendum: No takers yet? Maybe the questions were too hard.

- Hint #1: The President in question had just invaded a sovereign state to start a patently unjust war.

- Hint #2: The writer was a President hisself.

Come on you history buffs.

- Hint #3: Not Bush and Clinton.

And E@L forgot to ask question 3: Name the war.



Posted by: expat@large on Oct 06, 05 | 1:36 am | Profile


I think it was Lincoln. He was the writer. Can't remember the president he was talking about.

Can I get a half?

Posted by: shaky on Oct 06, 05 | 7:57 pm

Half a pint to Shakey! Fucking good one! Very imrpessed! I wouldn't have had the foggiest myself...

(Hey, I'm in HK next week - 13-20th. I could even pay up if you like.)

2 questions to go, though they should be easier now.

And in case people were wondering about E@L's source: It's the Kurt Vonnegut book.

Posted by: expat@large on Oct 06, 05 | 9:36 pm

the president was James Polk, at a time when Lincoln was a congressman.


Posted by: Mainebabe on Oct 07, 05 | 2:46 am

ok er... it was either called the Mexican War, or the Mexican-American war.

you really made me work for this. i actually flipped through the book for details.

Posted by: Mainebabe on Oct 07, 05 | 2:49 am

i dunno. they're all fuckers. now gimme a beer.

Posted by: MercerMachine on Oct 07, 05 | 7:02 am

Key-Rect! Ms Mainebabe. Good use of research. USA invaded Mexico because a) it was anti-slavery and b) the western half of the continent looked like it had potential... They actually captured Mexico City at one point, but gave it back because the taco's gave them the shits...

So, the other two-thirds of Shakey's pint for you!

OK Mr Machine, a beer it is. As Flying Fool of a Took would say, they are cunts.

Now where to, tonight? The secrecy is killing me.


Posted by: expat@large on Oct 07, 05 | 7:56 am


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