"Dad, I was just unleashing Chang!"

After more than an hour of solemn ceremony naming Rep. Marco Rubio, R-West Miami, as the 2007-08 House speaker, Gov. Jeb Bush stepped to the podium in the House chamber last week and told a short story about “unleashing Chang,” his “mystical warrior” friend.

Here are Bush’s words, spoken before hundreds of lawmakers and politicians:
''Chang is a mystical warrior. Chang is somebody who believes in conservative principles, believes in entrepreneurial capitalism, believes in moral values that underpin a free society.

‘‘I rely on Chang with great regularity in my public life. He has been by my side and sometimes I let him down. But Chang, this mystical warrior, has never let me down.’’

Bush then unsheathed a golden sword and gave it to Rubio as a gift.

‘‘I’m going to bestow to you the sword of a great conservative warrior,’’ he said, as the crowd roared.

The crowd, however, could be excused for not understanding Bush’s enigmatic foray into the realm of Eastern mysticism.

We’re here to help.

In a 1989 Washington Post article on the politics of tennis, former President George Bush was quoted as threatening to ‘‘unleash Chang’’ as a means of intimidating other players.

The saying was apparently quite popular with Gov. Bush’s father, and referred to a legendary warrior named Chang who was called upon to settle political disputes in Chinese dynasties of yore.

The phrase has evolved, under Gov. Jeb Bush’s use, to mean the need to fix conflicts or disagreements over an issue. Faced with a stalemate, the governor apparently “unleashes Chang” as a rhetorical device, signaling it’s time to stop arguing and start agreeing.

No word on if Rubio will unleash Chang, or the sword, as he faces squabbles in the future.

http://www.gainesville.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050918/COLUMNS/50917061/1096/editorials

John Ellis Bush, the youngest son of Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, was arrested early Friday on charges of public intoxication and resisting arrest, law-enforcement officials in Texas said.

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/orl-bush1705sep17,0,2669208.story?coll=orl-home-headlines&track=mostemailedlink

So… I guess he’s out of the running for 2008?

I can find pictures of this somewhere, right?

I could only find one with the lucky “Chang” recipient.

http://www.ocala.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050914/NEWS/209140313/1002/news02

If anyone should have unleashed Chang, it was Eng.

I was sure this would be a penis thread.

“Who wants Wang?”

Happy now?

IIRC this actually has something to do with Chiang Kai-Shek.

Rich people are weird.

Not Michael Chang at the French Open?