Skip to main content

WASHINGTON DC - US President George W Bush, in a bold move, has nominated Incitatus, a horse, to replace departing Secretary of Agriculture Ann Veneman.  This is the first time an Equine American has ever been recommended for such a high-ranking cabinet position.

The President praised Incitatus as "an inspiration to critters all across this great nation. The horse holds an honored role in American history, and it is long past due that one of their kind should be given a place at the table, overseeing our agricultural policy".

Press Secretary Scott McClellan predicted rapid Senate confirmation of Incitatus, whom he cited as eminently qualified for the job. "The President honors loyalty above all else in his cabinet officials, and something that urban elites may not appreciate, but which is well known in the heartlands, is that you can trust a good horse to bring you home, even when you're dead drunk. If the President goes right to the source and asks the horse, he’ll give the answer that he'd endorse. He’s always on a steady course." more...

Republican leaders were quick to laud the President's choice. "This is a brilliant move, and is sure to shore up the President's credibility in rural America", said one high ranking Republican official. "It's positively Reaganesque".

Senate Democrats are anxious to avoid the appearance of being obstructionists, and indicated that they are inclined to approve the nomination, working with the president in a spirit of bi-partisanship. "Given the President's unprecedented re-election mandate, we feel that our job is to just facilitate his appointments", said a high ranking Senate Democrat.

Nevertheless, the nominee has his detractors. Former Vermont Governor Howard Dean was harshly critical of the nomination.  Dean was quoted as saying "This is outrageous. Who does this President think he is? The Emperor Caligula?" Leaders within the Democratic party quickly distanced themselves from Dean's controversial remarks.

Originally posted to It Came From Malacandra on Wed Nov 17, 2004 at 11:46 PM PST.

Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags


More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site