Friday, November 10, 2006
Is it weekend yet?
Well, it's been a really exciting week and, frankly, I'm tired of it. During Bush's Wednesday press conference, we learned that while the president was reassuring us of his commitment to retain Rumsfeld as defense secretary, he was really in the process of replacing him. But this was all happening on the weekend before the election, so rather than just say nothing about the "great job" Rumsfeld was doing, the president lied to us. As he explained on Wednesday, he had to. That's politics. Seems that's what politics often makes of politicians--liars.
Also during that Wednesday press conference while speaking of Iraq and the American people, Bush said:
"Somehow it seeped in their conscious that my attitude was just simply 'stay the course.'"
Shouldn't someone sit the president down and play Keith Olberman's Countdown recordings of Bush saying to the public "stay the course" in at least thirty different public speeches on tape? I'm wondering if Bush is that seriously delusional, Ronald Reaganal, i.e., in the degenerative stages of Alzheimers, or just flat out lying to us again. Any one of those possibilities is extremely dangerous for a leader who wipes his feet on the Constitution and can start wars on whim.
And I watched Rumsfeld speak at Kansas State University yesterday when the closest thing to criticism during the brief Q&A session by the "critical" members of the student body came when one student rose to inquire how Rumsfeld would grade himself.
Rumsfeld responded, "I'd let history worry about that." I wasn't enjoying that until Mrs. Dada pointed out that Rummy was in fact "flipping his questioner off!" It was then I noticed him rubbing the side of his nose with his extended middle finger while answering. Could it be? A Freudian gesture perhaps?
Then it was on to yesterday's "love fest" luncheon between the president and new house speaker, Nancy Pelosi. To temper our post election expectations, please forgive as I resort to using the "N" word here, but as Nader reminded us, "Democrats gained the majority in the House, it was on the backs of some very rightwing Democrats who won the election against rightwing Republican incumbents. And so, there was no mandate for any progressive agenda."
Perhaps that explains Pelosi's conciliatory attitude towards the president. Or maybe it's just post-game congratulations before the fireworks display begins. Whichever, I only know that it's extremely disappointing to me that in this country a president can get impeached for staining a blue dress, while a president who's stained the entire Earth breaks bread with his opposition in cordiality.
Such is the art of politics I suppose. Something of which I know little other than it's extremely dangerous and tiresome. It's been a long week.