Not So Impressive Without His Bulldozer…

4 comments February 1st, 2007at 10:25pm Posted by Eli

And now, your moment of zen…

On Tuesday, President Bush popped in for a surprise visit to the Sterling Family Restaurant, a homey diner in Peoria, Ill. It’s a scene that has been played out many times before by this White House and others: a president mingling among regular Americans, who, no matter what they might think of his policies, are usually humbled and shocked to see the leader of the free world standing 10 feet in front of them.

But on Tuesday, the surprise was on Bush. In town to deliver remarks on the economy, the president walked into the diner, where he was greeted with what can only be described as a sedate reception. No one rushed to shake his hand. There were no audible gasps or yelps of excitement that usually accompany visits like this. Last summer, a woman nearly fainted when Bush made an unscheduled visit for some donut holes at the legendary Lou Mitchell�s Restaurant in Chicago. In Peoria this week, many patrons found their pancakes more interesting. Except for the click of news cameras and the clang of a dish from the kitchen, the quiet was deafening.

“Sorry to interrupt you,” Bush said to a group of women, who were sitting in a booth with their young kids. “How’s the service?” As Bush signed a few autographs and shook hands, a man sitting at the counter lit a cigarette and asked for more coffee. Another woman, eyeing Bush and his entourage, sighed heavily and went back to her paper. She was reading the obituaries. “Sorry to interrupt your breakfast,” a White House aide told her. “No problem,” she huffed, in a not-so-friendly way. “Life goes on, I guess.”

What I wouldn’t give to have been there to see that; to see the priceless look on Dubya’s face as it gradually dawns on him that he is not, in fact, universally loved. That he does not bestride the earth like a colossus. That outside of his realityproofed 24-7 Republican bubble, most people think he’s just a stupid, annoying git. I bet he’s still trying to process it. (“They musta been in shock. Yeah, that’s it, they were paralyfied by mah radiance and decisiviness!”)

(h/t Mercury Rising)

Entry Filed under: Bush,Politics,Wankers


  • 1. MEC  |  February 2nd, 2007 at 7:44 am

    Poor George. Congress doesn’t give him standing ovations, people in “the Heartland” don’t swoon at the sight of him. He’s reduced to doing lunch with Lieberman and McCain.

  • 2. Buckeye, Dealer of Rare Coins  |  February 2nd, 2007 at 7:51 am

    They don’t love him in Peoria? Hah! My parents, raised in suburban Peoria, would have found this quite funny.

  • 3. Glenn  |  February 2nd, 2007 at 8:58 am

    Peoria has always had a special place in my heart. It’s just added acreage.

  • 4. Eli  |  February 2nd, 2007 at 10:03 am

    And remember, this is The Heartland, where the Republicans keep telling us that The Common Man *loves* Dubya.


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