Macabre Memorabilia

In one of the oddest news bites that I’ve read this year, Time magazine had a short piece in the July 7 issue about the fate of the pistol Saddam Hussein was wielding when he was captured by U.S. troops. Apparently, the sidearm made its way to the White House and was presented to Dubya, already pre-mounted on a plaque, by some of the troops involved in capturing Hussein. Bush keeps the weapon in a little study off the Oval Office, the same one that Clinton showed his pistol to Monica in. The Time story has one absolutely wonderful quote about Bush’s attitude towards the souvenir: “He really liked showing it off,” says a recent visitor to the White House who has seen the gun. “He was really proud of it.”