America’s Boss

5 comments April 13th, 2007at 10:17pm Posted by Eli

Our First CEO President seems a wee bit confused about just exactly what the President’s role is supposed to be.

Consider his relationship with Congress:

The president said he was inviting Congressional leaders from both parties to meet him at the White House next week. But there was nothing in Mr. Bush’s words or tone to suggest that he envisions negotiations over the timetables for troop withdrawals from Iraq in both the House and Senate bills. Rather, Mr. Bush said, he wanted the legislators to “report on progress on getting an emergency spending bill to my desk,” and a “clean bill” with no timetables.

“When it comes to funding our troops, we have no time to waste,” Mr. Bush said, ticking off a list of problems that he said the Pentagon would encounter if the financing bill is not enacted soon. “It’s time for them to get the job done.”


“The Democrat leaders in, Democratic leaders in Congress are bent using a bill that funds our troops to make a political statement about the war,” he told the American Legion members. “They need to do it quickly and get it to my desk, so I can veto it. And then Congress can get down to the business of funding our troops without strings and without further delay.

So, basically, the congressional leaders of the opposition party are recalcitrant employees who are behind on their deadlines, and their tough-but-fair CEO is demanding a progress report and giving them a kick in the pants to get moving.
And then there’s the media:

Last week, Bush administration officials invited senior congressional reporters to the White House and pressured them to increase their coverage of how Iraq war critics are “divided” over legislative strategy, multiple sources have confirmed with ThinkProgress.

The sources say White House officials pointed to examples of national political reporters who have highlighted such “division” and pressed the congressional reporters to follow suit. Specifically, the White House pointed to a recent AP piece on Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL), which reported that Obama believes that “[i]f President Bush vetoes an Iraq war spending bill as promised, Congress quickly will provide the money without the withdrawal timeline the White House objects to.”

Once again, the preznit (through proxies this time) is giving wayward employees their marching orders.

What Dubya has never understood is, the American people are not his employees. We’re more like his shareholders. And our stock is tanking.

(Cross-posted at Greatscat)

Entry Filed under: Bush,Iraq,Politics,War


  • 1. MEC  |  April 13th, 2007 at 10:48 pm

    I’m sure you haven’t forgotten this: “If this were a dictatorship, it’d be a heck of a lot easier, just so long as I’m the dictator.” (GWB, 12/9/2000)

    Most people thought he was joking.

  • 2. Eli  |  April 13th, 2007 at 11:04 pm

    I think he thinks he’s a CEO, not a dictator, but there’s really not much difference. Not like he ever did a whole lot for shareholder value…

  • 3. Charles  |  April 13th, 2007 at 11:46 pm

    Granted, nowadays some CEOs think their job is to play golf and drink good scotch for a couple million a day, but Bush doesn’t hold a candle to most corporate execs.

    Even to be a bad exec, you gotta meet some standards, like lying convincingly. This entire presidency would not have been possible without the media projecting alternate reality over the clusterf–k that went on continuously starting in Florida.

  • 4. Eli  |  April 14th, 2007 at 11:16 am

    Well, if you look at Bush’s CEO history of running second-rate obscure oil companies into the ground, it’s pretty clear that he was never even competent as a regular CEO.

    Why on earth would anyone want to elect a *shitty* CEO as president? I mean, Jack Welch is an asshole, but at least he’s reasonably competent…

  • 5. Interrobang  |  April 14th, 2007 at 5:44 pm

    Who’s more unethical, George W. Bush or Jack Welch? *ponder* Now that’s a tough call…

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