Is irony dead, or merely resting?

“It’s an amazing thing, when you see a person wounded, sitting there in a wheel chair or bound up in bandages…a young man, look you in the eye and say, ‘I can’t wait to get back to my unit. I hope I heal fast enough to get back to Iraq.'”
— President Bush, who apparently could wait to get back to his (National Guard) unit in 1972. (My transcription from a clip on Fox News, so no link).