David Wu of Oregon fires Star Trek metaphors at Bush's Iraq plan
WASHINGTON -- If David Wu tires of the congressman gig, he might have a second career lecturing at Star Trek conventions.
Reaction is flying in from across the galaxy to the Oregon Democrat's comparison of the Bush administration to Klingons on the House floor this week.
"What's been said of me is that I've always had the lowest profile in the Oregon delegation," Wu said in an interview Friday. "You know what? This is not the way that I would have chosen to raise my profile."
Wu said his speech referred to "Rise of the Vulcans," a book about the influence of neoconservatives on President Bush's war policy.
"Right after I said it, I kind of had a notion that maybe it wasn't going to be understood in the way that I meant it," Wu said. "Maybe not everybody read 'Rise of the Vulcans.' "
Wu, who Thursday was named chairman of the technology and innovation subcommittee of the House Science and Technology Committee, said he has long been a Star Trek fan. He admitted Friday that while recovering from a recent back injury, he watched "a whole basket of Star Trek tapes" lent to him by a neighbor. Which Star Trek series or movie is his favorite?
"I watch them all," Wu said. "A terrible confession."
Wu said his Wednesday speech was made out of frustration with how the Bush administration is handling its plans to increase troops in Iraq.
"Sometimes, even a congressman, when you get frustrated, you fall back on those things that are kind of familiar, comfortable," Wu said.http://youtube.com/watch?v=f-RqyLcDFfw