On Monday, president Bush delivered a speech to an aspiring elite group of Johns Hopkins School of international relations students. Speaking at their School of Advanced International Studies, the president afterwards boldly opened the floor to questions from the student body.
One student's question dealt with bringing private contractors under a system of law, like the Uniform Code of Military Justice which applies to members of our military. She suggested that this may be a case where privatization may not work because of the lawlessness contractors operate under. The president muttered, "Hmmm" to this.
It was obvious the co-ed's knowledge exceeded the commander-in-chief's when he replied: "Yeh, I appreciate that very much. I wadn't kidding. I pick up the phone and say 'Mr. Secretary'" (referring to Don Rumsfeld), "'I got an interesting question.' This is what dele..I don't mean to be dodgin' the question, although it's kinda convenient in this case, but never (laughter) I really will, I'm gonna call the secretary and say you brought up a very valid question and what are we doing about it, 'cause that's how I work, I'm ah, ah, ahm, thanks."
Another great question on prostitution and the sex trade put to Bush by a student had him again dodging the question, admitting she obviously knew more about the subject than he, and he'd have to pose that question to his Oil Tanker secretary of state, Condoleezza Rice because he didn't know.
But imagine the extreme disappointment and disillusionment the students must have felt listening to Bush struggle to answer their questions; at their realization of having wasted so much time, effort and precious tens of thousands of dollars on needless education the president confirmed unnecessary through his answers. As Bush so awkwardly demonstrated, even an idiot or very disturbed person can be the mostest highest ranking person on Earth practicing advanceded international diplomatics.
Audio copy available at The White Rose Society, click on The Tuesday, April 11th, 2006 and once the audio's opened, slide the button to the right about 20-25% of the way. Comes complete with Mike Malloy's outraged comments.
Or you can watch the actual video of the Q&A session of Bush embarrassing himself at Johns Hopkins University