March 19, 2004


She’s hip, she’s with it, she’s now! Maureen Dowd hits us with her latest anti-Bush pop culture reference -- to a TV program that ended three years before Bush was elected. And she gets it wrong, besides:

During a photo-op with Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende of the Netherlands on Tuesday, Mr. Bush did his "Beavis and Butthead" snigger as a Dutch reporter noted that most of his countrymen want to withdraw Dutch troops from Iraq because they think the conflict "has little to do with the war against terrorism, and may actually encourage terrorism."

Thing is, Beavis and Butthead had entirely distinct and separate sniggers. Performing both simultaneously would rupture a person’s snigger glands. So, which is it, Maureen? Is Bush a high-pitched Beavis man, or does he tend towards the deeper Butthead style?

And which is most like the sound you usually hear when you walk down the street?

Posted by Tim Blair at March 19, 2004 02:58 AM

Check it out, Beavis. That chick thinks she's like 18 and stuff.

Posted by: Paul Zrimsek at March 19, 2004 at 04:11 AM

I've always thought his laugh would be more "butthead". The "butthead" laugh would be the approriate one in the above context.

Posted by: grant at March 19, 2004 at 04:15 AM

Actually, MTV2 has been broadcasting Beavis and Butthead again here in the US. I'm not sure which nights it's on but i've mostly seen it on the weekends. So while the show itself is old, perhaps she was flipping channels late one night looking for materials and came across it.

Not that I'm suggesting anyone as intellectual as Dowd would even have a TV.

Posted by: Roland at March 19, 2004 at 04:27 AM

It's more interesting to guess which B&B character MoDo identifies with.

Posted by: JorgXMcKie at March 19, 2004 at 04:29 AM

I am the great Bush-holio! I will lay waste to your bunghole!

All terrorists will give me TP!

Posted by: Brian Tiemann at March 19, 2004 at 04:46 AM

If she makes any Ace of Base references, I'm out of here.

Posted by: MD2020 at March 19, 2004 at 05:19 AM

"Heh heh heh - Dowd sucks!"

Posted by: Roger Bournival at March 19, 2004 at 05:40 AM

MTV NL has begun broadcasting B&B again, too, though I'm not sure they're new episodes. Hmmm, I think mr Bush is one for the Beavis-snigger. But if he managed to 'do' both, that's extraordinary. I don't how who Maureen Dowd is, but I suspect she wouldn't be out of place on the Idols jury. BTW, have you noticed that, every time our PM visits Bush, he comes back looking more fishy?

Posted by: Rik at March 19, 2004 at 05:52 AM

Heh, heh. She said "Bush".

Posted by: JohnO at March 19, 2004 at 06:12 AM

"Uhh huh huh huh, check it out Beavis. Her face looks like the time you took a dump and forgot to flush the toilet for three days."

"Heh heh, oh yeah. That was cool. Heh heh heh."

Posted by: Marty at March 19, 2004 at 06:35 AM

Dowd always falls on her face when she "does" pop culture, like the intensely creepy column she did a year or so ago where she talked about how all of her boomer soccer mom friends have a thing for Eminem.


Posted by: rick mcginnis at March 19, 2004 at 07:01 AM

Am I the only one who'd like to bang the botox right out of Maureen Dowd? I mean, just bang it right the heck out of her? Hello? Hello?

Posted by: Bill at March 19, 2004 at 07:28 AM

Mo "Diarrhea" Dowd is down with the young people, alright.

Posted by: Richard Bennett at March 19, 2004 at 08:25 AM

Not that I would ever defend Doud's point of view, but I must disagree here.

Beavis & Butthead are timeless.
Tragicly hip.

Posted by: Papertiger at March 19, 2004 at 09:04 AM

She actually appears to have completed a sentence as well. Good girl! Now you're getting somewhere!

The only way you can understand her idea of humor is if you, like her, have already drunk the kool-aid....

Posted by: Joe at March 19, 2004 at 09:06 AM

Jeez, must be a slow news day if that's the best bagging you've got, Tim.

Nothing wrong with referencing B&B. No more than say, Henry from Eraserhead. B&B had a unique manner of laughter. They were a duo. A cackling duo. Who the heck remembers which laughed which way? Who needs to know? Saying either Beavis or Butthead, would've been ambigious. You mean A Butthead or THE Butthead, etc. Saying Butthead, from B&B, would've been unneccessarily verbose. We know what she meant. Image evoked. No need to explain more.

Have another shot at Pilger. And don't give up until he's in G-Bay.

Verdict: case dismissed.

Posted by: Bush is cool, dude at March 19, 2004 at 09:32 AM

Maureen, Oxycontin and cheap gin do NOT constitute a good breakfast.

Posted by: MonkeyPants at March 19, 2004 at 10:20 AM

So he didn't answer the question then?

Posted by: Miranda Divide at March 19, 2004 at 11:44 AM

I like Pres Bush. I just figured out who he resembles.

"Ozzie" from "Ozzie and Harriet". The show which gave the world Ricky Nelson. In the show, Ozzie Nelson is a simple unaffected guy, with basic down-to-earth decency and common-sense, qualities sadly lacking in today's world.

An apt comparison.

Posted by: aussie at March 19, 2004 at 02:13 PM

Is it anything like Modo's Butthole snigger?

Posted by: Fat Cracker at March 19, 2004 at 02:41 PM

I'm still pissed I ordered the DVDs and found out they cut all the music videos out. Whats the point.

Posted by: aaron at March 19, 2004 at 04:33 PM

Dowdaria cha-cha-cha, Dowdaria cha-cha-cha, Dowdaria cha-cha-cha!

Posted by: pat reynolds at March 20, 2004 at 03:37 AM