George Avoids Questions Whenever Possible
The format of his speech is a bit odd — in an unusual move for the critical think tank, Bush is being allowed to speak without taking any questions afterward. He’s just going to speak and go.
Awwwww, poor wittle Georgie is scawed of dee big intewectual qwestons.
The big question in my mind? What the hell is the Council on Foreign Relations doing allowing themselves to be used as a prop in the Preznit’s "propaganda campaign to call a mess a success"?
Of course, the intellectual set will applaud politely to the end of the speech, out of respect for the Office of the Presidency. The Preznit will get his video clip of people being polite and spin it as agreement.
I mean, please, I’m not asking for boos or unsportsmanlike conduct — but can you at least make him earn any sparse applause he gets? For heaven’s sakes, even the Preznit ought to earn his marks, just like the rest of us. Even if he is acting like a big ole chicken by running from any questions he might not like — heaven forbid that critical thinking might actually occur on his watch.
(Graphics love to Eightyford.com. And a less scary graphic for reader Harry.)
UPDATE: btw, so you don’t miss it, Froomkin also has a fantastic poll summary in today’s column. Thumbnail sketch: things look crappy for POTUS. Guess not taking questions keeps Bubble Boy from learning that he’s losing friends and not influencing many people.