Friday, July 21, 2006

Bush is an embarrassment
Having a drunk for a president is manageable. Having a stone bozo for a president, on the other hand, is a calamity of global proportions.
Unless you’re one of his minders wielding real power. Then it’s perfect.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, who is smarter than Bush by several orders of magnitude, insulted George in front of the international press corps with a tight quip about 'democracy' in Iraq. No trade deal got done. The whole thing was a humiliating waste of time, captured best by all the photos of Bush and Putin together. In each and every one of them, Putin is looking at George with an expression that somehow conveyed disgust, disdain and awe simultaneously.

Putin's disgust and disdain are easily understood - the poor guy was trapped in a room with our knucklehead president for hours, after all - but the awe requires notice. What, Putin must have thought, is this fool
(дурак) doing running a country?

It wasn't just the dialogue. It was the tone in Blair's voice. He sounded for all the world like a teacher attempting to explain something to an exceptionally dull student. His tone suggested infinite patience and a touch of true sadness, as if he could not quite believe he was speaking this way to an American president.

'Russia's big and so is China?' Do you know anyone who would have a conversation like this with their neighbor, let alone a business associate, let alone a world leader? Who's proud to know that Russia is big and so is China? If someone is this ignorant, they're usually embarrassed and try not to talk much. But this guy is so dumb he has no idea how dumb he is. This sounds like a conversation you might have with a child...

'Does it concern you that the Beirut airport has been bombed?' a reporter asked. 'And do you see a risk of triggering a wider war?' 'I thought you were going to ask me about the pig,' Bush replied blithely. Then he brought the pig up again - for the fifth time - before giving a long answer that ended with his saying Israel needed to protect itself.

After this came the moment when George tried to give German Chancellor Angela Merkel a back massage while she was speaking to someone at the summit table.

What's next? Will George go to the United Nations, sit on Kofi Annan's head and fart like some bratty brother tormenting a sibling? Will the cameras catch him playing penny hockey during Middle East peace negotiations? You can't say it'll never happen.
I’ve often imagined that Messrs Cheney, Rumsfeld et al. conduct their meetings whilst Mr Bush is in the next room playing with an X-Box.

From truthout.

Here’s more via the LRC blog, which also notes:
Can anyone imagine how the Religious Right would have reacted had Bill Clinton engaged in the kind of talk and activity (shoulder rub on Angela Merkel) and the like that was typical of George W. Bush at the G8 Summit? I can see Jerry Falwell condemning Clinton, but since it is Bush, we hear nothing at all.

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