August 16, 2006

How Do They Explain It To Him?

When the president is sitting with his advisors, and all the people that egged him on to drag the country into the Iraq fiasco, and when they consider how unpopular he’s become over it and how unpopular the war is, does he ever ask his advisors “why is my popularity so low?”

And what do they tell him?

  • Do they tell him that John Murtha/Michael Moore/John Kerry or some other boogeyman has poisoned their minds?
  • Do they tell him it’s all the fault of the liberal media?
  • Do they tell him it’s because they’re mad about something else and just taking it out on him?
  • Do they just not tell him about the poll numbers at all?
  • Do they rig their own polls and only tell Bush about those polls?
  • Do they tell him that popularity is just around the corner?
  • Do they tell him that people are too stupid to realize a good thing when they see it?
  • Do they just discuss ways of scaring the people into a new post-9/11 bounce?

What do they make of this situation?

Posted by James at August 16, 2006 6:07 PM
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Yes, probably all of the above to some extent. Sigh.

Posted by: Karen at August 17, 2006 1:00 PM
  • Does it never occur to him to even ask?
Posted by: Mike at August 17, 2006 1:09 PM

Your theory has a basic flaw. Allow me to use a story to illustrate:

Many years ago, Bob was outside of Harvard U. waiting for me to either get out of class or out of work (not important), and a student asked him if he would be interested in taking a survey.

Uncharacteristically, Bob said yes.

The first question was (and I'm sure Bob will chime in if any of this is amiss), "Do you belong to a religion?"

Bob answered "no."

The poor student went on to ask several qualifying questions about the religion to which Bob belonged, and Bob finally had to explain to the student that he had failed to account for the possibility of "no" being an answer.

How does this relate to your theory? You have presumed the President actually cares enough to ask “Why is my popularity so low?”

I'm sure he doesn't.

Posted by: Patti M. at August 17, 2006 1:25 PM

That's pretty much correct. The student was an asian student who didn't have a great grasp on the English language. She apparently couldn't comprehend someone not having a religion and I assumed she would eventually get to questions that pertained to non-religious people. After 4-5 minutes of grilling me about how often I went to church, prayed, etc. she thanked me and went away and I sat there dumbfounded that all she had to do was ask the 1st question and stop.

Posted by: B.O.B. (bob) at August 17, 2006 3:18 PM

James,

They blame the media, George Soros, moveon.org, Cindy Sheehan, and, I dunno, maybe Patsy Ramsey. (Note that topical inclusion)

It's pretty clear that they've already adopted that "Ahhhh, but history will be so much kinder to you" approach. (a la Harry Truman)

Once we've had a generation or two to sort through media lies -- and behold the Shining City on the Hill of Baghdad democracy -- then we'll all come around and say, "Damn, that W was right up there with George Washington"

Posted by: Steve at August 17, 2006 4:49 PM

You people haven't been around the Born-Agains much, have you?! They're going to blame the DEVIL! The devil must certainly be moderating this question. Any time you ask an uncomfortable question they'll say that it's the devil talking!

Posted by: Susan Barr at August 18, 2006 12:11 AM

I tend to agree with Patti. Why should he care that nobody likes him? He's pretty well set in material ways for the rest of his life and his advisors have convinced him that history will remember him as one of the greatest Presidents ever.

BTW - I actually had someone blame Clinton in a conversation the other day.

Posted by: briwei at August 18, 2006 7:08 PM

Bri -- me too! That fun conversation I had the other night, the guy said, "we'll know the facts in 30 years," I think a hat-tip to the idea that history will remember Bush kindly, and then he started in about Clinton's policies.

But, on a I'd-better-laugh-or-else-I'll-cry note, Bush is very confused about why Iraqis don't like us more. I almost commented about it on my blog, but it's so dumbelievable I didn't know what to say. I can't find the article, now, or I'd link to it here. I thought I saw it in the NYT, but it could've been something random. Bush sat and thoughtfully listened to people explaining why the Iraqis aren't delighted by our presence in their country. He wants them to express a little more gratitude. I mean, when did he figure this out? And how did Cheney et al keep him from figuring it out for so long??

Posted by: Maggie at August 18, 2006 9:00 PM

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