Tuesday, January 13, 2009

A Most Painful Press Conference

The reader has no doubt seen or read about Bush’s final press conference held yesterday where for the first time he let enough guard down to acknowledge that all was not perfect with his administration. I won’t repeat what has been published prolifically throughout the network, but I will remark on certain aspects tweaking my meters.

The most compelling and shocking moment from my perspective involved Bush’s reaction to the need to repair America’s image with the international community. Sincerely or not, the President claimed sheer blindness to the issue, emotionally insisting that the image of the United States has not been impacted by the actions of his administration. Dismissing Europe as "elite" he asserted that those in Africa still think highly of America.

Another jaw dropper involved his statements regarding Katrina and the abysmal failure of the federal emergency apparatus to respond to the stranded, starving, and medically deprived Americans suffering in squalor for days in anarchy and mayhem while no National Guard, no transportation, no medical supplies, no relief effort arrived. His response? We reacted quickly, and very quickly, because the Coast Guard (under standing orders requiring no action from the federal government) successfully airlifted thousands from their roofs. Worse, he seemed to think that when and where he landed Air Force One (think photo op) ranked a top priority in his response to the disaster. It was painful to watch.

If a natural disaster strands my daughter and me on a roof without food, shelter, medication, or protection from those who find my daughter attractive, I don’t particularly care if the President is in Tahiti. I require transportation off my roof to a place where I can drink safe water, get a bite of edible food, and a place to safely reside (comfort be damned) until the mess can be sorted out. Bush said nary a word of any substantive response in terms of lives and safety, entirely focused on Air Force One. I assert this speaks mountains about his character. In fact, it sums up his presidency.

In an identical vein regarding Iraq, displaying no awareness of the deaths and life debilitating injuries inflicted on tens of thousands of Americans, his regret involved failing to find weapons of mass destruction, a development he called "disappointing."

Think about that.

I won't get into Guantanamo or Abu Ghraib.

Regarding the financial meltdown that I think will crumble to proportions rivaling the Great Depression, although it will occur in 21st century terms making a quantitative comparison problematic if not impossible, Bush almost seemed flippant, "I inherited a recession and left a recession."

That statement captures Bush’s reality better than Stone’s movie or any memoir the designated shadow writer could write. We are watching the behavior of a man whose opinion of himself takes first priority. Consistent with this was the response when the last two rows of the seven row seating arrangements were vacant for the event. White House officials rounded up interns, custodians, and any others that could be found to fill the last two rows.


Anonymous Mariana said...

This picture speaks volumes. Best ever.

1/13/2009 11:31 PM  
Blogger Liza said...

And not to mention the hundreds of thousands of Iraqis who have perished since the 2003 invasion and the millions who became refugees or internally displaced.

Like the empty seats show, Americans mostly want him gone so that the nation can start to crawl it's way into the 21st century.

He thinks history will vindicate him, supposedly, but he is wrong. History will do what it always does. The story will be told by those committed to telling the truth, and George Bush will take his place among the worst leaders of nations.

1/14/2009 8:42 AM  
Blogger The Navigator said...

I had the same reaction as Liza about all the Iraqi deaths, but then I realized that they are so far from Bush's radar I can see why x4mr didn't even bother.

My desire for justice would like to see all of them tried as war criminals, jailed for months during the proceeding, and then shot by firing squad. Of course that will not happen.

I also agree about the picture. It's perfect. As the crisis deepens, and as more truth comes out, which it will, I hope the atrocity of his administration becomes as clear as the light of day, and his precious image of himself is shattered.

No misery he could endure could begin to make a mark on the suffering he has inflicted on millions if not billions.

1/14/2009 10:14 AM  
Anonymous Donna said...

Looked at from Bush's perspective, and that of his *real* base - "the haves and the have mores", his Presidency was an astonishing success. His obscenely wealthy oil buddies got obscenely wealthier and defense contractors have been making out like bandits. At the press conference, Bush seemed annoyed at having to answer to the little people.

1/14/2009 10:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

George W Bush will go down in history as the first president who truly did not serve the best interests of the country. Donna is exactly right. Bush served the super rich at the expense of the rest of the world. Time will only strengthen this interpretation as the horrible statistics become clearer and clearer.

The man is a criminal.

1/14/2009 12:35 PM  
Anonymous Sir D said...

The most foul and wretched abomination known as W will enter history as the demon that pillaged an entire nation, an entire planet, its children, and its grandchildren to serve limitless greed, corruption, and arrogance.

When the 999,999 are starving while the 1 stuffs itself to the peak of obesity, may the 999,999 rise up.

I want to see the blood of the corrupt flow in the gutters. W's greatest contribution to humanity occurs when he breathes his last breath.

1/14/2009 8:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did they really scrape together janitors and maids to fill the audience?

What's weird is that I believe it. I'll bet they did.

1/14/2009 11:47 PM  
Anonymous Scarlett Letter said...

In our lifetimes, we may never fully know and understand the damage done by this administration.
I'm glad I have no children to inherit this mess.

1/16/2009 9:07 AM  

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