Michael Shaw's Huffington Post blog this morning (August 16) comments in detail on a photo of President Bush at 9:25 a.m. on September 11, 2001, after "George Bush spent 10 very long minutes reading a story to a group of second graders." But the fact is that the President was not reading to the pupils. They were reading to him (see video of these seven minutes).
The message of The Pet Goat is that a single heroic victory by the pet goat could solve the goat's basic problems. The goat ate everything, exasperating the father of the girl who owned the pet. The father said: "That goat must go!" But the next day the goat butted a wannabe car thief. All was forgiven. Mission accomplished.