My Pet Goat: no such book?

Richard Grayson notes in email that “nearly every article that refers to the scene of Bush in the second grade classroom in Sarasota on 9/11 — the scene shown to great effect in Fahrenheit 9/11 — refers to the ‘book’ he was reading with the class as My Pet Goat.” Determined to track down a copy of the book “so riveting that it kept GWB there for seven minutes (that’s another book, by Irving Wallace, referring to the length of the sex act),” Grayson did some poking around and discovered it doesn’t exist. Instead, according to

Lexis-Nexis and articles in the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, St. Petersburg Times, Tampa Tribune and Washington Times, … Bush and the class were actually reading Lesson 60 on Page 153 or Page 163 (accounts differ) from a second grade reader, whose title I have not been able to find out.

The lesson is titled “The Pet Goat,” not “My Pet Goat.”

It begins: “A girl got a pet goat.”

“But the goat did some things that made the girl’s dad mad.”

“The goat ate things.”

I won’t go into further detail for those who want to read this for themselves — actually, the accounts of this story don’t reveal more plot development, but I did learn the last line of the lesson:

“More to come.”

Speaking of the Moore film, Mike Gerber says his theater was packed, even at a Monday 4:45 pm screening — “And it was packed with a bunch of different kinds of people, not just well-meaning palefaced liberals like myself.”


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