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100,000 protest against Iraq War in DC

I’m sure Chimpy wasn’t paying attention to this as he was working hard on monitoring the hurricane from the safety of NORAD’s US Northern Command at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs and down in Austin.

A large rally of anti-war demonstrators gathers on the Ellipse between the White House and the Washington Monument (Rear) in Washington D.C., September 24, 2005. Thousands of protesters flooded Washington on Saturday to stage dual demonstrations against the U.S.-led war in Iraq and economic globalization, and to demand that President George W. Bush bring troops home. REUTERS/Jim Bourg

Anti war demonstrators carry posters as they march past the White House on Pennsylvania Avenue. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Anti-war protesters wearing prison uniforms and masks depicting from left to right Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld, President Bush and Vice-President Dick Cheney, sit among crosses and flag draped coffins during protests on the National Mall. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Here’s your president working hard (next to fastidious Gov. Rick Perry) thanking emergency personnel in Texas on Saturday, courtesy of the White House:

“I’d like to thank you all for the hard work you’re doing. I appreciate Senators Hutchison and Cornyn, Congressman DeLay, Governor Perry. First of all, the people of the state are counting on you. I know you’re working hard.”


Meanwhile, an interesting WaPo story suggests something amounting to mild panic in the Bush White House about the fact that the well-crafted image has peeled away, revealing the “dry” drunk Chimperor. I love the headline — President Struggles to Regain His Pre-Hurricane Swagger.

A president who normally thrives on tough talk and self-assurance finds himself at what aides privately describe as a low point in office, one that is changing the psychic and political aura of the White House, as well as its distinctive political approach.

In small, sometimes subtle but unmistakable ways, the president and top aides sound less certain, more conciliatory and willing to do something they avoided in the first term: admit mistakes. After bulling through crisis after crisis with a “bring ’em on” brashness, a more solemn Bush now has twice taken responsibility for the much-criticized response to Hurricane Katrina.

Aides who never betrayed self-doubt now talk in private of failures selling the American people on the Iraq war, the president’s Social Security plan and his response to Hurricane Katrina. The president who once told the United Nations it would drift into irrelevancy if it did not back the invasion of Iraq last week praised the world body and said the world works better “when we act together.” A White House team that operated on its terms since 2000 is reaching to outside experts for answers like never before.

Time to throw another one back, huh, Chimpy? It doesn’t help that Daddy Cheney’s back in the hospital for “elective surgery.” No need to worry, right?

After all, Darth has only had four heart attacks, quadruple bypass surgery, two artery-clearing angioplasties and an operation to implant a special pacemaker in his chest.

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