Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Rudder Needed: Apply Immediately

Have you watched the president's speeches during the past few days? Today, he went into great detail on the detainee issue, linking the controversial treatment of prisoners to the prevention of terrorist attacks in the past. So yes, today there was substance to go with the empty bromides.

But the transcript doesn't begin to reflect the delivery, which bordered on the bizarre. Bush -- as in other speeches during the past few days -- was alternately petulant, glowering, and shrill. At times he came close to shouting. It was as if he was angry that, at long last, he (or more likely an underling) felt it necessary to be substantive. If you missed it, try to watch a tape.

This is quite new for Americans. Before this, the most unstatesmanlike presidential behavior in modern times was that of Clinton during the darkest moments of the Lewinsky scandal. For all his immorality and duplicity and aside from a few notable lapses (one of which involved Ron Ziegler), even Nixon generally maintained a veneer of calm statesmanship in public.

Look, we know Bush has a tough job -- made tougher in large measure by his own actions -- but I don't see how any clear-thinking person could watch these speeches and not be extremely concerned. Past presidents who have been under extreme pressure (Nixon) had adults around (Kissinger) to steady the ship. We know what this president's top aides are made of. Reassured?


Blogger Daniel DiRito said...

I found it a bit odd that the President received a standing ovation when he announced the names of detainees that had been transferred to Guantanamo for prosecution. Isn't he the same person that has been preventing this type of prosecution? It seems to me that saying "It's about time" would be the more appropriate response to this announcement. The only thing we've gained from the delay of this outcome is the ire of much of the world and a loss of the moral authority that 9/11 most certainly provided.

The fact that these "high profile" names were released...and that one might presume that these individuals will be paraded in the media for all to see...almost immediately after the President and the GOP have just rolled out their campaign strategy for the November midterm election seems all too convenient. Granted, it may well be coincidental but I'm not convinced. Nothing would serve the President better than having Americans see some "tangible" results of our effort to fight the war on terror.

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9/06/2006 7:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

but he can be really really funny...but bush as statesmanlike is a near impossible sell...dont get disappointed with him meself coz he is a cretin...

9/06/2006 11:51 PM  
Blogger reality-based educator said...

And let's not forget that Bush is an alcoholic who never sought treatment. There has already been some evidence pointing to periodic drinking binges (Bush disappears every once in a while for days on end with no public appearances or statements, then reappears with cuts or bruises and his face swollen and misshapen, like he's been boozing.) How'd you like to know this guy was petulant, hostile toward the world, angry at his critics, and saucing?

9/07/2006 7:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"made tougher by his own actions" is the key.

9/07/2006 9:13 AM  
Blogger marie antoinette said...

This is why I only read the news, not watch it on TV. Bush is scary enough in writing, thank you.

9/07/2006 11:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We're all gonna die

9/07/2006 12:01 PM  
Anonymous mary said...

You are aware, aren't you, that Bush was lying? About the effectiveness of torturing (in a safe and legal way -- NOT) Zubaydah, that is. And probably about other things as well. (I didn't listen to the speech, I confess -- I just can't do that anymore.) I know that you are making a different point in your post (and a very valid one), and I would bet that Bush has no idea who Zubaydah (or Ramzi bin al Shibh) is, and that he doesn't even know he was lying about them in his speech. But it's important to bear in mind that this administration lies about pretty much EVERYTHING, substantive and nonsubstantive. They seem to be lying to themselves as much as to the rest of us -- and this puts us all in a very dangerous spot.

9/07/2006 1:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you want to read a great letter, read Kristen Breitweiser's letter, "A Letter to Ann Coulter".

"most Republicans we encountered were completely opposed to learning any lessons from 9/11."

Something is terribly wrong with Bush and the Republican party.

9/07/2006 3:14 PM  
Anonymous Small Axe said...

This Administration affirms the wisdom of one of my old high-school teachers, a former Marine and Vietnam vet, who told me: "First, you learn there is no Santa Claus. You get a little older and you learn there is no God. Finally, you learn that there are no adults."

9/07/2006 6:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with Marie, he is impossible to watch in person. I accidentally flipped past his interview with K. Couric last night and lingered for a few moments, astounded anew at how someone so manifestly limited became U.S. President. H.L. Mencken is laughing in his grave.

9/07/2006 7:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

think we must keep faith in love and kindness towards all people...and not let any of the politicians/policymakers anywhere take that away...two dear friends from the us came visiting recently...they both told me that they've been saying theyre from canada when asked where theyre from while travelling...

9/07/2006 10:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't say I am all surprised that he isn't handling all of what is going on well. Considering this the first time that Daddy wasn't bailing him out, this is likely the first time he has been confronted not only by the difficulties of the world but also by the problems of his own making. He has no experience to draw on, no coping mechanisms to help him get through. All of this is completely alien to him and it shows.

9/08/2006 9:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

georgy, rocky is pissed and you should listen to him...get rummy to put saddam back in charge so he can get into a little balance of power bust up with iran for yawl ok...think theres gonna be some trouble getting bolty confirmed too...

9/11/2006 4:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

loss of the moral authority

Moral authority and a buck will get you a cup of coffee. It isn't worth diddly with other nations.

They will always act in their own best intrests. Those intrests can be (and were) of course shaped with various incentives on our part.

9/21/2006 12:55 AM  
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