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I Can Has Gravitas?

Gail Collins puts her finger on one of the many things that makes Dubya such an embarrassment:

The president squinched his face and bit his lip and seemed too antsy to stand still. As he searched for the name of King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia (“the king, uh, the king of Saudi”) and made guy-fun of one of the questioners (“Who picked Gigot?”), you had to wonder what the international financial community makes of a country whose president could show up to talk economics in the middle of a liquidity crisis and kind of flop around the stage as if he was emcee at the Iowa Republican Pig Roast.

We’re really past expecting anything much, but in times of crisis you would like to at least believe your leader has the capacity to pretend he’s in control. Suddenly, I recalled a day long ago when my husband worked for a struggling paper full of worried employees and the publisher walked into the newsroom wearing a gorilla suit.

The country that elected George Bush — sort of — because he seemed like he’d be more fun to have a beer with than Al Gore or John Kerry is really getting its comeuppance. Our credit markets are foundering, and all we’ve got is a guy who looks like he’s ready to kick back and start the weekend.

This is not the first time Bush’s attempts to calm our fears redoubled our nightmares. His first speech after 9/11 — that two-minute job on the Air Force base — was so stilted that the entire country felt like heading for the nearest fallout shelter. After Katrina, of course, it took forever to pry him out of Crawford, and then he more or less read a laundry list of Goods Being Shipped to the Flood Zone and delivered some brief assurances that things would work out.

…[T]his economic crisis has been going on for months, and all the president could come up with sounded as if it had been composed for a Rotary Club and then delivered by a guy who had never read it before….

(…)

Bush pointed out — as if the entire economic world didn’t already know — that Congress has already passed an economic incentive package that will send tax rebate checks to more than 130 million households. “A lot of them are a little skeptical about this ‘checks in the mail’ stuff,” he jibed. Jokejoke. Winkwink.

(…)

Really, if he can’t fix the economy, the least he could do is rehearse the speech.

Especially when speaking off the cuff, Bush has always reminded me of a kid faking his way through a report on a book he’s never read. And because no-one ever calls him on it, he thinks he’s getting away with it, that he’s got everyone fooled. Of course, in reality, everyone with half a brain is just wincing or rolling their eyes.

Have we learned A Valuable Lesson about voting for The Guy We’d Like To Have A Beer With, I hope? Can we maybe start voting for The Guy (Or Woman) Who Intimidates The Hell Out Of Us Because They’re Scary Smart And Competent? I don’t really care if I have a deep bond of personal affection for my president, I just want to feel confident that they know what they’re doing and have the country’s best interests at heart. Is that really so unreasonable?

2 comments March 15th, 2008 at 10:19pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Bush,Economy,Media

Eli’s Obsession With The Google

Great, I’m the #1 search result for why does brain hurts.

People, if you don’t like the color scheme, you can change it – it’s just below the search box.

(Um, if your brain already hurts you might want to stay away from the “Theme For Atrios” option…)

2 comments March 15th, 2008 at 04:52pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Eli's Obsession With The Google

The Secret Is Out

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In my case, it’s a pretty short book.

(From Married To The Sea)

March 15th, 2008 at 02:39pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Comics


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