Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Big Fish, Bigger Worm

"It has always been my private conviction that any man who puts his intelligence up against a fish and loses had it coming." John Steinbeck

George W. Bush's best presidential moment -- catching a fish. Why is anyone surprised?

This president revels in the physical, not the intellectual. The familiar, not the unusual. The power, not the privilege. The mundane, not the exceptional.

Just think of all the extraordinary men and women the President of the United States meets on a regular basis. The places he goes. The experiences. The opportunities. The historic moments.

This president could care less. We've seen it over and over. Endless vacations. Regular inattention. Lack of curiosity. Of interest. Of true intellect. Even of routine participation.

And, as it turns out, his claim about the size of the fish is a tall tale. Certainly no surprise there either.

George W. Bush has been coasting through his presidency on a wing and a prayer.

So even if he was joking about his best moment as president, you have to wonder: What's so funny? This guy has met every head of state on the planet. None of them impressed him? He claims to have done such wonderful things for our country. Nothing comes to mind as the best?

He came up with 9/11 as the worst moment. Well. What a stretch. Let's remember he was so paralyzed by the enormity of the attack he stayed in that classroom reading with children instead of jumping into the command chair.

And that doctored picture up there of Dubya and his Dad fishing while New Orleans drowns? A worst moment he'd clearly like to forget.

Frankly, we'd all be better off if he spent his time fishing.



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