July 4, 2004,
New York, New York

On July 4, 2004, in Washington Square Park, President George W. Bush, flanked by his loyal Cabinet and special friends, made a rare public spectacle of himself taking care of business.

As part of a large and boisterous Independence Day parade, the President, seated in a mobile replica of the White House, which was mounted on the back of a tricycle, was driven into the park by Uncle Sam. The more than 75 singers, cheerleaders, marching band members, flag bearers and prerequisite Secret Service operatives, caught off guard by jeers and boos from the several hundred on-lookers, held heads high and did a patriotic spin around the Park.

When the parade came to a rest facing the Washington Square Arch by the fountain, spectators were offered the opportunity to line up to greet the President.

The mood of the on-lookers softened as Bush's Cabinet and friends from the Saudi Royal Family gave out $20.00 bills to purchase votes from the now cheering crowd.

As the people approached, the White House/Trojan Horse door was opened to reveal our esteemed President sitting on the "throne" daintily wiping himself with hundred dollar bills. He was decked out in his favorite cowboy outfit complete with six shooters and a 10 gallon hat. His favorite war toys surrounded him.

"Bush!", a colorful and satirical Independence Day performance, is the creation of Joey Skaggs, an artist who has been politically active through public performances for over four decades.

His troupe of irreverent pranksters is made up of hundreds of law abiding citizens who have volunteered their time to work with him, both behind the scenes and in public, to express their outrage over the direction our country has taken under the leadership of President George W. Bush.

Skaggs, as Uncle Sam, urged the crowd to express their rights, while they still have them, to ensure that our government truly represents the will of the people. He admonished the spectators to hold their leaders accountable or vote them out.


"Bush!" Poster
"Bush!" Press Release (pdf)
TV Barn Ticker, June 21, 2004
LiquidSoap, June 21, 2004, June 29, 2004
Time Out New York, July 1-8, 2004 (pdf)
Las Vegas Review-Journal, July 4, 2004
United for Peace and Justice Events (pdf)
Radio Interviews:
WWBN, Erik & Carson Show, Flint, MI, June 29, 2004
Cork Talks Back, RedFM, Cork, Ireland, June 29, 2004
WVCC Radio, Rutledge & Benji, Atlanta GA, July 1, 2004
MOJO Radio, Jeff Marek Show, Toronto, CA, July 2, 2004


"Bush!" Parade Plans (pdf)
Uncle Sam's Speech (pdf)
Cash for your vote
"Bush!" Slide Show (Click on the first photo and use the forward arrow to navigate through the photos)


The Villager, July 8, 2004 (pdf)

© 2004 Joey Skaggs