Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Presidents Say the Darndest Things

Stupidity is caused, not by brain failure, but by a wicked heart. Insensitiveness, opacity, inability to make connection, often accompanied by low animal cunning...this mental oblivion is chosen, by the heart or the moral will.
Mary McCarthy (1912 - 1989), U.S. writer

Here is a glimpse of our compassionate president, his honest staff, and caring mother in action during a national emergency:

A grasp on the facts: “… nobody anticipated the breach of the levees in a serious storm,” said Bush on Good Morning America.

Compassion: "Out of the rubbles of Trent Lott's house — he's lost his entire house — there's going to be a fantastic house. And I'm looking forward to sitting on the porch," Bush said with a laugh from an airplane hangar in Mobile, Ala.

Praising employees: "Brownie, you're doing a heck of a job," Bush said praising the FEMA head Michael Brown.

Providing good direction: in Biloxi, Miss., Bush tried to comfort two stunned women wandering their neighborhood clutching Hefty bags, looking in vain for something to salvage from the rubble of their home. He kept insisting they could find help at a Salvation Army center down the street, even after another bystander had informed him it had been destroyed.

Empathy: at the airport outside of New Orleans, Bush lauded the increasingly desperate city as a great town because he used go there and "enjoy myself — occasionally too much."

Sincerity: We really don't have time to play the political game right now," White House counselor Dan Bartlett said. (I wonder if that was said before or after Condoleezza Rice and Donald Rumsfeld visited the affected areas for show)

It's in the DNA: Barbara Bush said today, referring to the
poor who had lost everything back home and evacuated, "This is working very well for them."

Returning favors: Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, said the administration is "getting a bad rap" for the emergency response. "People have to understand this is a big, big problem." (He’s hoping people overlook his $50 million Alaskan bridge to nowhere)

You've got the brain of a four-year-old boy, and I bet he was glad to get rid of it.
Groucho Marx (1895 - 1977), comedian and film actor


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crasspersonality said...

I can't really explain how much I hate that man, especially because saying it can get me thrown into jail. Woot woot.

Janet said...

And just think. 51% of America is to blame for all of this, sorta.:(

Anita said...

I may not agree with your political slant or even your take on the emergency response, but regardless of all that, this post is brilliant . . .funny, insightful, and a very clever stringing together of Bush's inept moments. Love it!! I will say the picture you paint is rather convincing . . .


ps Off topic - Many thanks for encouraging my children in their blogging endeavors. It is more than kind of you to share your time and kind words.

The Misanthrope said...

Anita, thanks, but there will be no more of that kind of talk here, I have an image to uphold.

Anita said...

Hee hee - - feel free to delete my post! I'd hate to mess with your image.

Sarge said...

I find you blog to be not only stupid and un american but very childish and just plain dumb.
It don’t take too much smarts to be a blogger does it?

The Misanthrope said...

Sarge, coming from you, after checking out your blog, I'll take that as a compliment.

Anonymous said...

wow, slanted.