In dorms and frat houses alike, collegians spent Tuesday laying in ice-cold kegs of Old Milwaukee and bottles of Jagermeister, ready to down a beer or do a shooter when Mr. Bush said the word "Iraq."
At the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity at the University of Northern South Dakota, the atmosphere was tense in the early minutes of the president's speech, as Mr. Bush focused on domestic issues and failed to use the word "Iraq" even once.
"I was sitting there and I was like, am I ever going to get hammered tonight?" said Tracy Klujian, a DKE brother who organized the game. "I was, like, President Bush, dude, don't leave me hanging."
But once Bush finished ticking off a laundry list of domestic proposals, he moved on to foreign policy, and soon the entire frat house was getting tanked.
"This speech is, like, totally ill," Mr. Klujian said at the 45-minute mark of the address. "I am wasted."
As Mr. Bush's speech wound down, his domestic proposals were a distant memory, as all the DKE members could remember was a drinking game that Mr. Klujian pronounced "bodacious."
"I'm just glad we decided to drink every time he said 'Iraq' and not 'exit strategy,'" he said.
Elsewhere, Simon Cowell offered an apology for remarks he has made on American Idol this season, telling reporters, "I am deeply sorry if I have offended any retards."
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