3 comments March 13th, 2006at 04:31pm Posted by Eli

Heh heh heh…

Of all the reasons that President Bush is in trouble these days, not to be overlooked are inadequate REM cycles. Like chief of staff Card, many of the president’s top aides have been by his side nonstop for more than five years, not including the first campaign, recount and transition. This is a White House, according to insiders, that is physically and emotionally exhausted, battered by scandal and drained by political setbacks.

“By the time you get to year six, there’s never a break… and you get tired,” said Ed Rollins, who served five years in President Ronald Reagan’s White House. “There’s always a crisis. It wears you down. This has been a White House that hasn’t really had much change at all. There is a fatigue factor that builds up. You sometimes don’t see the crisis approaching. You’re not as on guard as you once were.”


[A]t a time when Bush needs his staff to be sharp to help steer past these political shoals and find ways to turn things around, he still has the same core group working since he turned his sights toward the White House….

The succession of crisis after crisis has taken its toll. Some in the White House sound frazzled. While there are few stories of aides nodding off in meetings, some duck outside during the day so the fresh air will wake them up. “We’re all burned out,” said one White House official who did not want to be named for fear of angering superiors. “People are just tired.”

The deliciously bitter irony here is that the White House is actually suffering from the same problem that they’ve inflicted on the troops in Iraq: Not enough time away from the front lines, not enough fresh blood being rotated in. Of course, when one of Bush’s staffers screws up due to fatigue, they don’t usually get blown up…

Entry Filed under: Bush,Politics,Republicans,Wankers


  • 1. The Old Man From Scene 24  |  March 14th, 2006 at 6:01 pm

    What’s Bush’s excuse? Every weekend is three or four days, and he’s supposedly asleep by 10 every night.

  • 2. Eli  |  March 14th, 2006 at 7:30 pm

    That’s easy. He’s an idiot.

  • 3. flory  |  March 16th, 2006 at 12:21 am

    Of course, when one of Bush’s staffers screws up due to fatigue, they don’t usually get blown up…

    that might help some…..

    (Hey NSA — the name is spelled F-L-O-R-Y)

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