That poor dumb bastard, president Bush. He keeps painting himself into these tight corners with no door or window to climb out of to escape. I can just hear Molly Ivins in my head saying in her pleasant Texas drawl, "Poor George, he cain't hep it!"
But sadly, the truth is, Bush can help it. If he'd just stop being such a sanctimonious ass, he wouldn't embarrass himself publicly by revealing what a hypocritical fool he is.
Take yesterday's meeting with China's President, Hu Jintao. As they went outside to address the media, president Bush took the opportunity to chide President Hu on China's need for improvement of civil liberties.
“I'll continue to discuss with President Hu the importance of human rights, and freedoms of the chinese people. China has become successful because the Chinese people have experienced the freedom to buy and to sell and to produce. China can be even more successful when the chinese people have the freedom to assemble, to speak freely and to worship" Bush said.
Keep in mind, this comes from our leader who tortures people and denies it. Who, in a public ceremony, signs a bill eliminating torture then, after the media are gone, adds a signing statement to the bill saying his signature on the bill he just signed doesn't mean anything if he deems torture is needed, he will torture despite the bill he just swore to uphold with his signature.
When it comes to human rights, Bush then demonstrated he's mostly hot air. That's because, when President Hu began to speak, he was harrassed by a protestor in the crowd denouncing China's suppression of the spiritual movement Falon Gong.
The protestor, Wenyi Wang, pleaded over Hu, "President Bush, stop him from killing. Stop him from persecuting the Falun Gong." Wang's harrassment of Hu lasted nearly three minutes, according to Reuters, until being taken away by the secret service.
It was at that point Bush apologized to President Hu. Let me just repeat that: Bush apologized for the demonstration of free speech he had so gloriously promoted just moments earlier.
Of course, video of the incident was edited from Chinese television and Wang faces charges here in this country, indicating when it comes to human rights that Bush is so fond of castigating the Chinese about, he and Hu really aren't that far apart.