Tuesday, October 02, 2007

More on Bush the Moron...

Pretty straight-forward cartoon this week... inspired by a few especially good gems from our favorite bad sitcom character who just happens to be real. No doubt you've already heard about most of these:
  • "The No Child Left Behind Act is working... as yesterday's positive report card shows, childrens do learn..." (emphasis added)

    --Bush at a media event in New York, speaking to a group of schoolchildren.

  • "We're also talking to different finance ministers about how we can send a message to the Iranian government that the free world is not going to tolerate the development of know-how in how to build a weapon, or at least gain the ability to make a weapon." (emphasis added)

    --Bush at a recent D.C. speaking event.

  • "My advice to whoever will be our nominee is to reach out to the African-American community as well as other communities, because I believe we've got a very strong record when it comes to... fairness in justice." (emphasis added)

    --Recent Bush press conference.

  • "I heard somebody say, 'Where's Mandela?' Well, Mandela's dead!" (emphasis all his, which is what made it classic)

    --Bush in another recent press conference, in a bizarre attempt to justify the Iraq War.

  • Lastly, New York Times columnist David Usborne on Bush's recent address before the UN General Assembly:
    But the President, who used his appearance at the podium yesterday to call for a "mission of liberation" to bring democracy and human rights to countries under dictatorship or repressive rule, needs a little help in this regard.
    Heaven forefend that he mangles the names of Sarkozy, say, or Mugabe. We know this thanks to a snafu by the White House staff who mistakenly allowed a few journalists to glimpse a draft of the President's address complete with phonetic spellings in brackets to assist him with names of people and places. In the correct version for the press, they had been erased.

    ...[The] President's crib notes:
    Kyrgyzstan, KEYR-geez-stan
    Mauritania, moor-EH-tain-ee-a
    Mugabe, moo-GAH-bee
    Harare, hah-RAR-ray
    Sarkozy, sar-KO-zee
    Caracas, kah-RAH-kus

A lot of people complain that they're tired of the "Bush is an idiot" jokes, but I believe I will continue to enjoy talking about it long after he's out of office. It's the single biggest reason why he should've been gone a long time ago: he is not and has never been qualified to be President of the United States. All this quibbling about which scandal was the worst (Scooter Libby or the U.S. Attorney's scandal? WMD's or torture? Warrantless surveillance or tax cuts for billionaires?), when it should've been patently obvious to all of us very early on that the man lacked the intellectual capacity to appreciate the real-world consequences of the decisions he was making. Everybody knew he was simply a dimwitted frontman for extremists, we all knew nothing good could come of it, and yet all we could do was sit and watch events unfold. Who didn't know within 48 hours of Katrina hitting the Gulf Coast that New Orleans was going to get screwed on rebuilding?

Nonetheless, I think it won't be until we have a decade or two of separation from the Bush presidency before there is a real understanding within our society of just how embarrassing this chapter of American history has been...

1 comment:

Corey said...

I couldn’t agree more. Bush is an idiot. Here’s one of my favorites:

"Amnesty means that you've got to pay a price for having been here illegally, and this bill does that." — discussing an immigration reform bill, Washington, D.C., June 26, 2007