February 13, 2008

Looking Forward

Barry asked what we would do if we were unavoidably involved in a White House reception and came face to face with the president.

I’m pretty sure what I would do. I would not be inclined to make a scene. There are a lot of things I could say, but none of it would really make much of a difference.

I would shake his hand, think of the imminent end of his administration and say “Mr. President, I’m looking forward to the celebration.”

If it were a situation where we were having a beer together, I think I’d be much more uncomfortable. I have very little I can think that I’d like to ask him. I don’t think he can offer much insight. And I wouldn’t trust him to necessarily tell the truth if I were to ask him questions that probed just how much of this mess was his own idea. “What do you regret most” questions don’t get you anywhere with this kind of person. So, I’d rather not have a beer with the guy. Some people will say this is a lost opportunity, but I’d rather enjoy my beer.

I would like to play poker with him, though, tournament-style. It’s said he is a skillful poker player, but I’ve been watching him, and I’m not sure he can hide his emotions so well.

Posted by James at February 13, 2008 11:38 AM
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I know what I'd ask if I were having a beer with him. "I thought you quit drinking?"

Posted by: Julie at February 13, 2008 1:00 PM

For the past seven years I've felt that he is the first president in my lifetime who I would decline an invitation to meet. I respect the office very much but I don't respect him as a person.

Posted by: Mike at February 13, 2008 2:20 PM

If I had to meet him I wouldn't make a scene, of course, but I wouldn't go out of my way to meet him.

Posted by: Mike at February 13, 2008 2:28 PM

I'm with Mike. I'd avoid any possibility of meeting him. If invited for some bizarre reason to go to the white house,I'd decline. If he was at some function I was at I'd avoid him at all costs. If I absolutely had to meet him i'd like to think I'd give hime an ironic "thanks a lot" maybe with a nice perjorative thrown in so he doesn't think it's a real compliment, but I'm pretty sure I'd just keep my mouth shut.

Posted by: B.O.B. (bob) at February 13, 2008 2:39 PM

Of course, now that I think of it, I would like to ask him: Harriet Miers, wtf, dude?

Posted by: James at February 13, 2008 11:47 PM

I would also decline as I would not want to be used as a puppet in the kind of "See all these people who are pleased to be with me?" way he has.

If, however, I was unable to avoid being in his presence, I would shake his hand, smiling all the while for the cameras, and say to him quietly, so only he could hear, "I can not wait until you're gone."

Posted by: Patti M. at February 14, 2008 9:13 AM

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