Haynt Iz der Geboyrn-tog fun George Washington!

(Today Is George Washington’s Birthday!)

By Stanley Siegelman

Published February 20, 2008, issue of February 22, 2008.

Geboyrn-tog! A simkhe groys!
Shoyn lang tsurik, in Vaysn Hoyz
Iz dort a prezident geveyn
Mit hor vi shney – a man mit kheyn.

A khokhem, er hot “guaranteed”
S’iz frayhayt – yeh! – far yedn Yid.
A zeltnkeyt! A verdiker mentsh!
A brokhe oyf im! Daven! Bentsh!

An ander George voynt dortn yetst,
Un khotsh er tut zayn “very best,”
A volkn ringlt im arum:
Efsher iz er iberik frum?

Ze George der ershter, ze George der tsveyter,
Zok velkher George iz take “great.”
An entfer gib, di frage brent:
Velkher fardint a “monument”?

Nu, ver’z a ligner, ver iz nit?
Un muz a “prez” zayn a bandit?
Eyner hot a boym tsehakt,
Der anderer a tel gemakht
Mit fremde mentshn m’eyver le ya’m
Ver take hot dem Yidishn tam?

Di USA’z oyf tsores haynt,
Vayl tsufil hobn ir yetst faynt.
Nor George’s ponim oyf’n gelt
Brengt mazl-brokhe tsu der velt!

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It’s birthday time! A glad event
In which we fete the president
Who served us well at Valley Forge,
Achieving victory, by George!

Upholding humanistic views,
He offered tolerance to Jews.
A rarity he was, at that,
A liberal, a democrat!

Today, another George presides.
Within the White House he resides.
He issues mandates to the world
With Texas drawl and flag unfurled.

These Georges may we now compare?
Or would the contrast be unfair?
Which one deserves disparagement,
And which a lofty monument?

Which one has never told a lie?
The current prez? The other guy?
The feller of that cherry tree
Performed an act of infamy,
But never schemed or had a plan
To use a Cheney hatchet man.

Today, the very ship of state
Is leaking as we celebrate
The natal day of George-the-first!
Let’s hope the drift can be reversed!

Our country copes with many ills,
But loves that face on dollar bills!



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