Thursday, October 18, 2007

Six Degrees Of Separation (From Reality)

Reality. It's something that the President is so disconnected from that even if a galactic GPS system existed, he still wouldn't find his way back to it. Just when I think there's no way that the bar can be set any higher, he opens his mouth. Yesterday, at a late afternoon press conference, he issued these gems:

Number One

The President: The Democratically controlled Congress has, "little to show for all the time that has gone by. "I think it is their fault that bills aren't moving."

Yes, it's true. Rather than pass legislation that would be easy for him to sign into law such as a 'Defense of Marriage Act', the Democrats insist on forcing him to veto irrelevant measures such as health insurance for children.

Number Two

The President: (On using the veto) "One way to ensure that I am relevant; that's one way to ensure that I am in the process. And I intend to use the veto."

Right. It's not about leading, or moving the business of the country forward, it's about being relevant. Then at the end of his term, it's about cashing in.

Number Three

"I'm looking forward to getting some things done for the American people," Bush said. "And if it doesn't get done, I'm looking forward to reminding people as to why it's not getting done."

Perhaps he'd like to issue commemorative coins with his image. That way each American can keep the reason right in their pocket.

Number Four

On his relationship with Vladimir Putin: "We don't agree on a lot of issues; we do agree on some. Iran is one; nuclear proliferation is another. Reducing our nuclear warheads was an issue that we agreed on early."

Oh, nuclear weapons are bad! Other tidbits that you may not know: The sky is blue. Fire burns. Oh, and chicken pox, it'll make you itch.

Number Five

On a Congressional movement to condemn genocide of the Armenians in World War I: "One thing Congress should not be doing is sorting out the historical record of the Ottoman Empire"

For God's sake, leave the past alone! Bad Congress, go back to debating important issues like flag burning amendments and writing blank checks for operations in Iraq.

Number Six

On the Dalai Lama: "One, I admire the Dalai Lama a lot; two, I support religious freedom, he supports religious freedom"

In other words, I'm the Dalai Lama. C'mon, you know that's what he's thinking. But while he supports the Dalai Lama and religious freedom, he doesn't want to get too crazy and take a stand on freedom for Tibet and Taiwan, or keep dangerous products coming out of China, or address the myriad of human rights abuses by the Chinese government. Let's be reasonable here.

The presidency of George W. Bush, is a lot like an extreme action movie. In order to swallow it, you just have to suspend your disbelief. Unfortunately, unlike the movie which mercifully ends, the Bush presidency just goes on and on.