The Pet Goat
The Pet Goat is a children's story about a pet goat that eats everything around. It is owned by a little girl who protests when her parents want to get rid of it. In the end the goat beats a car robber, making it a hero. The moral of the story is that we must treat everybody else kindly because they will help us one day, even if we don't expect them to.
George W. Bush was reading this book with a group of youngsters at a photo-op school visit in Florida when he was informed of an aircraft hitting the World Trade Center on 9/11. He was so engrossed by the prose of The Pet Goat that he kept right on reading with the kids for seven more minutes even after he was informed that a second plane had hit the towers.
- "I hear there was a fire at the Bush library."
- "Really? What a tragedy."
- "Yeah, they lost both books. He hadn't even finished coloring one of them yet."
- Video. Notice the words the children chant before Bush is informed of the attack. Freaky.
- Bill Maher says what we're all thinking.
- The Amazon.com listing for the book. Includes several snarky reviews.