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I forgot this Bush 'pearl of wisdom'

Yesterday I posted some choice quotes from Bush’s rare press conference, where he dished out one brain-dead statement after another.

I missed this one, and it’s a whopper. (Think Progress):

SUZANNE MALVEAUX, CNN: Thank you, Mr. President. Back on Iraq, a group of American and Iraqi health officials today released a report saying that 655,000 Iraqis have died since the Iraq war. That figure is 20 times the figure that you cited in December at 30,000. Do you care to amend or update your figure and do you consider this a credible report?

PRESIDENT BUSH: No, I don’t consider it a credible report, neither does General Casey and neither do Iraqi officials. I do know that a lot of innocent people have died and it troubles me and grieves me. And I applaud the Iraqis for their courage in the face of violence. I am, you know, amazed that this is a society which so wants to be free that they’re willing to — you know, that there’s a level of violence that they tolerate.

What? As “liberators” the U.S. came in and blew up the country, killed thousands, and set up a breeding ground for terrorists and sectarian violence. This man is a sociopath.

It reminds me — on a smaller mind-boggling scale, mind you — of an incident at one of those vanity Social Security road shows of his (with the carefully selected audiences). In Omaha, Nebraska, the Chimperor goofed on a woman, an average citizen, who came on stage. She told him that she had to work three jobs to make ends meet and he said this:

MARY MORNIN: That’s good, because I work three jobs and I feel like I contribute.

THE PRESIDENT: You work three jobs?

MS. MORNIN: Three jobs, yes.

THE PRESIDENT: Uniquely American, isn’t it? I mean, that is fantastic that you’re doing that. (Applause.) Get any sleep? (Laughter.)

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