Hussein’s Pistol, W’s Prized Possession

Hussein’s Pistol, W’s Prized Possession July 6, 2009

According to the New York Times, George W. Bush was especially fond of Saddam Hussein’s pistol:

when the library for George W. Bush opens in 2013 on the campus of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, visitors will most likely get to see one of his most treasured items: Saddam Hussein’s pistol.The gun, a 9 millimeter Glock 18C, was found in the spider hole where the Iraqi leader was captured in December 2003 by Delta Force soldiers, four of whom later presented the pistol to Mr. Bush. Among the thousands of gifts Mr. Bush received as president, the gun became a favorite, a reminder of the pinnacle moment of the Iraq war, according to friends and long-time associates.

For nearly five years, Mr. Bush kept the mounted, glass-encased pistol in the Oval Office or a study, showing it with pride, especially to military officials, they said. He also let visitors in on a secret: when the pistol was recovered, it was unloaded.

“We were getting ready to leave the Oval Office, and he told us, ‘Wait a minute, guys, I want to show you something,’ ” recalled Pete Hegseth, the chairman of Vets for Freedom, who described a July 2007 visit. “The president moved back into his private study and he came out with the gun, inside this glass case. He said, ‘The Delta guys pulled it off Saddam.’ He was very proud of it.”

Personally, I’m more impressed by the autographed photo of Hussein given to Matt Stone and Trey Parker by the marines who forced the deposed dictator to repeatedly watch their film version of South Park, in which he is depicted as being in a gay relationship with Satan!  But then again, that’s because I feel like they deserve to be rewarded for what they did, whereas Bush did not.

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