September 22, 2003

arrrrghhh!

I just finished watching the FOX News interview with G Dub. Along with the revolting smirk he plastered to his face throughout the interview, there were a few key moments that caught my attention (and made me guffaw).

I warn you now, what follows will be a fairly harsh and completely un-academic criticism of his remarks…. but it’s coming from my gut.

HUME: Turning to the Democratic field, how do you account for the rise in Howard Dean?

BUSH: Not paying attention to it.

HUME: Not at all?

BUSH: Well, occasionally it blips on my radar screen, but not nearly as much as you would think. I've got a job to do. I'm occupied.

...and what, regular Americans who are interested in what’s going on aren’t occupied? They don’t have jobs to do and food to put on the table? Maybe it would help you in being more in touch with the American populace if you stuck your head out of your advisers’ asses once in awhile.

Oh, and...

HUME: Do you think that it's not politically dangerous for you to wait to respond to some of these criticisms?

BUSH: No. I've got a job to do, and I'm going to be judged upon whether or not the world is more peaceful and whether or not America is more prosperous and more compassionate.

Let’s see, Mr. Bush – in 2004, is the world, at large, going to be a safer place before you took us into war? Hmmmm… is America more prosperous? Let’s see… when you entered office there was a $250 billion dollar surplus, and now there’s a $300 billion deficit** (thanks to your brilliant tax-cut scheme), with an unemployment rate (6.1% as of August 2003***) which has risen steadily since you entered office.

And a more compassionate America? Who exactly are we being more compassionate towards? I would be interested to know how many citizens of foreign countries would use that term to describe us (under your leadership, Mr. President). Yes, you will be judged for what you’ve done with this country, and that judgment will find you out of office.

I can sum up his remarks in a single word... DENIAL!

HUME: How do you get your news?

BUSH: I get briefed by Andy Card and Condi in the morning. They come in and tell me. In all due respect, you've got a beautiful face and everything.

I glance at the headlines just to kind of a flavor for what's moving. I rarely read the stories, and get briefed by people who are probably read the news themselves. But like Condoleezza, in her case, the national security adviser is getting her news directly from the participants on the world stage.

HUME: Has that been your practice since day one, or is that a practice that you've...

BUSH: Practice since day one.

That explains so, so much. I, for one, feel more secure with a president who is totally reliant upon advisers (whom, I suspect, ultimately want to retain their jobs and have a knack for telling the president what he wants to hear) for his information about what’s going on in America and around the world. C’mon, Mr. President, even Reagan made an effort to pick up a newspaper (even if it was only the funny pages). But I guess you’re too busy to get all the facts, aren’t ya?


**courtesy of The Great Unraveling – Paul Krugman, 2003
***courtesy of the US Dept of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics http://www.bls.gov/cps/


posted by julie at September 22, 2003 09:38 PM

things people have said

~let's just hope he does not get re-selected

so said: btezra at September 23, 2003 03:59 AM

amen, brother!

so said: julie at September 23, 2003 10:40 AM



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