The Compassionater-In-Chief

8 comments April 25th, 2007at 06:28pm Posted by Eli

By way of The All-Seeing Eye Of Froomkin, I give you today’s contender for The Least Believable Statement Ever Made:

Listen, you Americans, Laura Bush wants you to know the President is suffering over Iraq. In fact, Laura told Anne Curry on the Today Show, that the American people need to know that “no one suffers more than their President and I do.”

Wow. Either there are a whole lot of troops an Iraqis and their families who are Oscar-calibre actors, or the President and First Lady are.

I ask you, have you ever seen Dubya look like this:

lbj_regretting_vnw.jpg

Have you ever seen him (or Laura) register any deeper emotion than petulant annoyance?

I can’t even begin to count the number of people Laura has insulted, but it’s literally in the millions.

Entry Filed under: Bush,Iraq,Quotes,Wankers,War

8 Comments

  • 1. charley  |  April 25th, 2007 at 8:51 pm

    I canít even begin to count the number of people Laura has insulted, but itís literally in the millions.

    good thing she is not Hillary, or she would pay for that perfidy.

  • 2. Eli  |  April 26th, 2007 at 12:10 am

    I liked Atrios’s question about what the reaction would be if Hillary had said something like this under comparable circumstances.

    Of course, you can play that game with *every* Republican scandal.

  • 3. Interrobang  |  April 26th, 2007 at 12:17 am

    Who is that in the picture?

  • 4. Eli  |  April 26th, 2007 at 12:21 am

    That would be LBJ, who knows a thing or two about disastrous wars.

  • 5. LJ/Aquaria  |  April 26th, 2007 at 4:14 am

    And to put that picture in context, this Texan can assure you that LBJ was one mean SOB, who mowed over political opponents for fun. Don’t get me wrong: LBJ had his good points, lots of them, but he was not a nice guy sometimes. Ruthless? Petty? Vindictive? An understatement.

    A famous account, from WaPo’s Ben Bradlee:

    Bradlee was yakking it up with LBJ’s Press Secretary, Bill Moyers about J. Edgar Hoover. Moyers told Bradlee that LBJ was gonna ditch the guy, once and for all, he was tired ot the b.s. Bradlee was skeptical, but Moyers convinced him that the ax was gonna fall.

    So Bradlee runs a story saying Hoover is toast, that’s the word out of the WH.

    Not long after the story came out, LBJ called a press conference and announced he was appointing Hoover for life.

    When he left the podium, Lyndon turned to someone nearby and remarked, “You tell Ben Bradlee I said, ‘Fuck you.'”

    That was why Bradlee insisted on independent verification on anonymous source claims for all the big Watergate stories, rather than running with whatever that source said right off. He’d been burned so badly that the blisters were still raw long after LBJ left office.

    So if someone tas ruthless as LBJ could feel that kind of anguish, about anything… Things were bad. Things were very bad.

  • 6. Eli  |  April 26th, 2007 at 9:08 am

    LBJ was a bastard, with a Bushlike love for humiliating people, but he *did* have a conscience. Bush is basically a narcissistic sociopath.

    Bush embraced, and continues to embrace, his disastrous war as both beneficial *and* politically useful, while LBJ was tormented by his. If a “Vietnam Study Group” had offered LBJ an exit plan, I think he would have jumped at it.

  • 7. charley  |  April 26th, 2007 at 7:15 pm

    i didn’t even see the pic the first time i commented.

    the tape machine gives it away, and i knew it wasn’t nixon.

    but compared to fuckwit, (and thiis is the first, and last, marginally nice thing i’ve ever said about nixon) they were both great men.

    bush isn’t even human, he’s a cipher, cheney’s puppet.

  • 8. Eli  |  April 26th, 2007 at 9:09 pm

    It was originally a link, then I swapped in the actual photo.

    Nixon was nuts, but at least he wasn’t stupid.


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