In today's NYTs, Sarah Boxer has written an article about a blogger known as Zadi of smashface.com/vlog, who put a video together with hurricane Katrina news footage to the sound of Green Day's "Wake Me Up When September Ends."
Originally meant to be an anti-war song, "Wake Me Up When September Ends" has also been co-opted by the pro-war community. And now, with the popularity of Zadi's video across the Internets, it seems as though it's becoming all things to all people.
Boxer writes of Zadi's video: "...the songs lyrics seem weirdly prescient, even though parts of the song make no sense at all. 'Like my fathers come to pass/seven years has gone so fast.' What could that mean? Perhaps that touch of incoherence is the song's key to universality."
Boxer goes on to describe how the instrumental parts of the song are where Zadi decides to use some of Bush's remarks to the media when speaking to the hurricane victims. (Who coincidentally could not hear him because they had no electricity. Boxer didn't say that, I did.) Because of the excerpts of Bush's statements that have been chosen, Boxer also wonders whether this is a pro-Bush video or an anti-Bush video. But then concludes that "(this video) sends a clear message....because it isn't totally obvious from the very beginning."
If I'm reading all of this right, Boxer seems to think this is an anti-Bush message and I think I agree, although because Zadi is not absolutely "in your face" about it, I have a slight hesitation to agree 100%. You'll see what I mean when you watch it.
If it is indeed anti-Bush, there were many things he said during the Katrina crisis that were not "in your face" obvious that Zadi could have used in this video to make it stronger. For example, Bush kept talking about "this part of the world" when speaking of his fellow Americans. She didn't have to show him playing that guitar, or telling Brownie what a heck of a job he was doing, but she could have used certain excerpts that reflected Bush's disconnect with regular, what does he call them? Oh yes, folks.
I think the excerpts that she chose showed Bush's strength -- a weird strength that he did not seem to possess at the time of this crisis. Perhaps the remarks she chose were bookended by the disconnected phrases he normally uses and she simply decided to include something from our President that she wished he had been.
Perhaps. You be the judge and let me know what you think. Watch the video now.