When President Bush visited here last week, he seemed to forget Mayor Bill Purcell's name, addressing him from the stage only as "Mr. Mayor." To make matters worse, in a shtick he uses around the country, the commander-in-chief publicly chided Hizzoner for the potholed state of Metro's roads. Seated several rows behind Purcell, the Scene managed to divine the mayor's thoughts:
♦ "He won't be smirking when I win Bill Frist's Senate seat."
♦ "I bet Phillips could take Cheney."
♦ "Bush daughter misdemeanors: 3. Purcell daughter misdemeanors: 0."
♦ "How about spending a little more time looking for weapons of mass destruction and a little less time counting potholes?"
♦ "We added bike lanes; maybe that'd keep him from falling off."
♦ "At least my shadow government can balance a budget."
♦ "If only I hadn't bought that Saturn, we could settle this with a drag race at the fairgrounds."
♦ "Maybe next time I'll win 100 percent of the popular vote instead of just 85. Let him try to overthrow that regime."
♦ "...Lie la lie, lie la lie lie lie la lie, lie la lie, lie la lie lie lie la lie lie la lie...."
♦ "Yalie probably doesn't even have a library card."
♦ "Hmmm, now that I think about it, I'd make a great president."