Your President Inaction
Oh look. It’s President Bush…on his way to another GOP fundraiser. Or several. The fact that they still raise any money using George W. Bush as their headliner says a lot about the state of today’s Republican party, doesn’t it?
Sure glad we’re getting our tax dollars worth out of him. Because W sure does pay attention to all the little details (H/T RevDeb) of the important issues of the day — and does an incredible imitation of follow-up…as long as the cameras are rolling, anyway. For instance (H/T Froomkin):
As it happens, President Bush has been aware of the hole for some time — and deserves some of the blame for not fixing it earlier. Confronted about it in public more than a year ago, Bush literally laughed off the question — and then, tellingly, described his response as a case study in how he does his job….
Student: “I was hoping your answer might be a little more specific. (Laughter.) Mr. Rumsfeld answered that Iraq has its own domestic laws which he assumed applied to those private military contractors. However, Iraq is clearly not currently capable of enforcing its laws, much less against — over our American military contractors. I would submit to you that in this case, this is one case that privatization is not a solution. And, Mr. President, how do you propose to bring private military contractors under a system of law?”
Bush: “I appreciate that very much. I wasn’t kidding — (laughter.) I was going to — I pick up the phone and say, Mr. Secretary, I’ve got an interesting question. (Laughter.) This is what delegation — I don’t mean to be dodging the question, although it’s kind of convenient in this case, but never — (laughter.) I really will — I’m going to call the Secretary and say you brought up a very valid question, and what are we doing about it? That’s how I work. I’m — thanks. (Laughter.)” (emphasis mine)
Kind of reminds me of the klieg light scene in NOLA. Especially the part where everything went dark after the cameras turned off. President Short Attention Span needs to dust off a whole lot of stuff these days, it seems.
There he is. Your President…inaction.
[Photo: U.S. President George W. Bush waves from the steps of Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland, October 29, 2007. Bush is flying to Pennsylvania and Ohio to attend Republican Party fund raisers for the 2008 elections. REUTERS/Jason Reed (UNITED STATES) via Yahoo. I just loved this shot — great perspective.]