George W. Bush’s brother jokes about joining Communist Party; netizens react
August 28, 2012Jing GaoOne Commentccp, Communist Party, Communist Party of China, corruption, George W. Bush, Harmonious society, internet humor, Neil Bush, President, president of the United States, River crab, River Crab Society
From Sina Weibo
Neil Bush, younger brother of the former U.S. president, started using Sina Weibo, China’s hugely popular microblogging service in September, 2011. Despite having 120,000 followers, Mr. Bush attracted most of their attention only for his pedigree and was living in the shadow of his famous father and brother. That is, until he sported Chinese revolutionary outfit and thought about becoming a Communist.
In a post he submitted on August 27, he uploaded a picture of himself wearing a green cap with a red star and a Serve the People bag across his shoulder, holding an old days enamel cup printed with Mao’s portrait. He commented on his photo in both English and Chinese, “I’m thinking of joining the CCP. What do you think of my accessories? ”
Most Chinese netizens find Mr. Bush’s tongue-in-cheek post and photo hilarious. Some even seized this opportunity to express their discontent with the Party using sarcasm and ridicule.
Neil Bush is currently working in China as shareholder and Co-Chairman of CIIC, a Beijing based real estate company. In addition, he works closely with Chinese state-owned enterprise giants, including Shougang Steel and Sinopec, to develop business in the U.S. as well as other parts of the world.
Selected netizens’ comments from Sina Weibo:
@找-乐-儿 : This bro must have never thought about being in the politics, as this photo will effectively terminate his future career in the U.S. politics. Luckily in the U.S., unlike in China, one’s mistake doesn’t automatically incriminate his family. Otherwise, Jeb would never have a shot at the presidency. //@袁莉 wsj: Em. Many entrepreneurs and business people want to join the party as well. You are not alone. Guess you have to queue and be put to test.
静恩庆民：(Originally written in English) oh, you out le ,now the standards is change, first you should be fat, like a pig with a big head, and white T-shirt put on, also the watch must be rare, means you represent the people.
成都市民一致 ：Brilliant! Even being a village head in China is better than being the president of the United States.
Mr- Shoshody：Nice outfit. But you should be good at lying and exploiting people, be black-hearted and brazen in order to qualify.
Cat_Zone：Why don’t you wear a military coat? Then you’d look more like a die-hard party zealot.
三人禾木南 ：A Mao badge is missing from your chest. Haha.
@姑娘忒高兴：This picture clearly demonstrates commies’ image in the eyes of Yankees: Red Guard! Haha!
April ———Rain：Our party is almighty! It has finally subdued families of U.S. high-ranking officials with its merits.
我心飞翔的猴子：Haha, you want to join CCP because you want to come to China to feed your addiction to power, embezzle funds, taking bribes and fool around with women, right? You can’t escape my sharp eyes!
@作家天佑—: Your pocket is not big enough. Even after you join the party, you can’t make much money.
@张醒生: Bro, what you wanted to join was Mao’s communist party. It’s actually out now. Rejected.
@13亿公民的声音: Infiltrate the heartland of the enemy – even the diabolic imperial America has learned this trick!
蛙-哈哈：(Originally written in English) you’ll be a rich man
avril倩倩：(Originally written in English) lt is not a good idea.ccp has too many people…
陆芷芳芳芳：(Originally written in English) oh. no！ in fact，now the members of CCP are very very rich！ they look like the money slaves， but the most of their money comes from us！
大漂亮闻多多 ：Stop daydreaming. With your father and your older brother, you will never pass the screening test on political background.