September 30, 2003

Blinders Compound Blunders

In the comments section of a previous post, Patti M. asks:

Do the people running the White House not read the news? You'd have to be living in a news-free zone not to know about the Dr. David Kelly case in England.
Let's let the president's words speak for themselves:Bush Bites
As for newspapers, Mr. Bush said, "I glance at the headlines" but "rarely read the stories." The people who brief him on current events encounter many of the newsmakers personally, he said, and in any case "probably read the news themselves."
So there you have it. Bush doesn't read the news but he thinks there's a good chance his advisors might.

The question is, is this just a silly statement (prevarication, lie, whatever) intended as a dig against the media, or is it true that our president likes to engineer his own ignorance of current events, restricting himself to the filter of his advisors? In the case of the former, is lying is so comfortable for Bush that he doesn't mind tossing off a little falsehood or two in an interview, just for fun? In the case of the latter, this is the image that helped sink Bush senior, except this time it's for real.

[Quote from NYT opinion piece, free registration may be required]

Posted by James at September 30, 2003 11:02 AM
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Bush might as well come out and say, "I'm a dolt and proud of it."

Oh, wait--he did say that. At Yale's 2001 commencement, he said, "To the 'C' students, I say, 'You, too, can be president of the United States.'"

Read: "I'm proud of my underachievements."


Posted by: Patti M. at September 30, 2003 11:19 AM

His short attention span would bother me less if he was willing to admit a mistake now and then.

Posted by: Mike at September 30, 2003 11:36 AM

I'd say it's true and has the added benefit of being a huge plus electorally. Most people barely read the paper, and Bush says to them "I'm just like you" and for some reason that is a good thing to them.

Posted by: Bil at September 30, 2003 1:50 PM

Bil, your point is a good one. This bolsters my opinion of why Al Gore was unpopular with the "heartland." Nobody likes the smart kid in the class.

So what Bushie Bush is saying is "I'm no threat to you because I'm just as uninformed about the world as you are" or perhaps "Let's all be uninquisitive together."

Marvelous. Perhaps he was a "child left behind" (i.e., behind the door).

Just what did Laura think she was getting? Perhaps she thought she could "change him." Poor sod.

Posted by: Patti M. at September 30, 2003 4:36 PM

I think she got exactly what she wanted - a dumb rich guy.

Posted by: julie at October 1, 2003 12:55 PM

Well, if that's the case, then I change my comment from "poor sod" to "stupid git."

Posted by: Patti M. at October 2, 2003 12:38 PM

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