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More from Bush's presser

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They're gonna break the mold after this guy leaves. I hope.

Compassionate conservatism in action — destroying your economy, but forgiving you for noticing:

THE PRESIDENT: Americans are concerned about making their mortgage payments and keeping their homes, and I don't blame them.

More flirting with disaster:

Yes, sir. Rog.

Q Thank you, Mr. President, and good morning.

THE PRESIDENT: Good morning. (Laughter.) I like a friendly guy here in the Rose Garden.

Q Sir, 14 --

THE PRESIDENT: Would that be you, Rog, a friendly guy here in the Rose Garden? (Laughter.)

Q Thank you. Yes.

THE PRESIDENT: Mr. Sunshine, they call you. (Laughter.)

Why not be chummy with this guy, even if your job is to be his objective critic? Good times call for good cheer.

THE PRESIDENT: These are tough times. People -- economists can argue over the terminology. And these are difficult times.

And why are these times tough? No point in asking that, is there? Not during the "accountability era."

One of the most striking things about Bush in his lame duck phase is that his innate childishness is on display more than ever:

Q Can I just add to that, a couple weeks ago --

THE PRESIDENT: No, you can't. This is the second follow-up. You usually get one follow-up, and I was nice enough to give you one. I didn't give anybody on this side a follow-up, and now you are trying to take a second follow-up.

Q They didn't try.

THE PRESIDENT: I know you try.

Yes.

Q Can I just say --

THE PRESIDENT: They just cut off your mic. You can't, no.

Q A couple weeks ago you said --

THE PRESIDENT: Now she's going to go without the mic. This is awesome. (Laughter.)

This is, as we constantly hear, the most powerful man in the world, and he's rendering the writers of "L'il Bush" obsolete.

Announcing "The Global War on Thugs":

THE PRESIDENT: We are in a global struggle against thugs and killers. And the United States of America has got to continue to take the lead.

There's more, on FISA, McCain, energy, etc. if you've got the stomach for it. I went to the polls in 2000 and 2004, and all I got was this lousy president.

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Submitted by whaleshaman on

...[which I never use, btw, so I won't lose it], because I literally feel ill just reading that transcript.

I guess it would be too much to expect that someone would rise and ask: "Who died and left you king of the world, you miserable torturing bastard?"

BUT

I bet we can look forward to those types of hard-hitting questions when The Bitch Who Wouldn't Quit gives her first press conference as PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES!!!!!

[If the tone of this is too snarky or not snarky enough in the right way, feel free to delete.]

Who wouldn't love a pony? -- Jerry Seinfeld

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Submitted by BDBlue on

Not at anything that really matters like economics or foreign policy, but at using his superior position to 1) put people in awkward situations where they feel they have to praise him and 2) throwing in a mix of compliments and kicks to get people to forget their professional agenda and instead focus on their personal need for external validation.

He's quite brilliant at it, really. It helps when performing Jedi mind tricks to have weak-willed victims, but that doesn't make him any less talented.

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Submitted by vastleft on

It's the power of barbecue, cocktail weenies, and the whiff of beer.

Curiously, though, the creative class (including the Beltway weenie-chompers [now, get your mind out of the gutter, folks]) is certain that Hillary -- who does boilermakers instead of mainlining organic arugula -- is unelectable.

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Submitted by BDBlue on

I'll admit to being one of those liberal elite who saw Clinton's gas tax holiday as pandering. Not necessarily bad pandering, all politicians pander, but pandering. I'm coming around to think otherwise. After listening to Clinton explain it before the Indy Star, I think one could argue that there is a potentially powerful symbol in giving people a bit of economic relief at the expense of corporations. After eight years of corporate welfare, there's a message about government's role that I like.

And now Jerome Armstrong explains why it's a terrific political move that outmaneuvers both McCain and Obama:

Now the difference has extended to the gas tax holiday. It's the type of popular idea that Republicans continually cream progressives on with the working class. McCain came out for the typical Republican position of depleting tax revenue by having a 'gas tax holiday' and Obama came out against it, mocking the idea as a gimmick, by saying it would only save individuals $20 a month. First, by making the claim that this only saves individuals $20 bucks a month, Obama doesn't realize how out-of-touch and elitist that sounds to the average low-wage earner who would view it as their 'best day in weeks' to find a Jackson laying on the sidewalk. Second, when he was a state senator, in 2000, Obama voted for a six-month 5 percent gas tax holiday. That story ends with McCain having Obamaflakes for breakfast.

Clinton struck it down the middle, saying yes to the gas tax and that we are going to pay for it using the windfal profits of the oil companies. She's going up on the air with it against Obama in NC and IN:

Now, there is some hand-wringing done by some liberals over Clinton's proposal to "use the windfall profits of the oil companies to pay to suspend the gas tax this summer." To me it sounds like a good way to take off the table a popular idea and sync it with an equally popular idea, and maybe even make the tax code more progressive while we are at it.

BTW, this is also a true case of triangulation. Triangulation has come to mean either lying or trying to have it both ways or selling out your base. What it originally meant was taking a problem the other side identifies and fixing it by applying a progressive solution so that you get credit for solving their problem.

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Submitted by Aeryl on

One, I understand we have to start weaning ourselves off gas, and high gas taxes are the way to do it, ie Europe. But, where I live, I have to have my car. I have to drive to work. And when I am paying $50/wk for gas, when I was paying $35/wk just a few months ago when I bought this car, is wrenching to me(btw Obama, that's $60 a month, but I guess us rural voters don't matter). I go out on my lunch, and when I come back, gas at the station down the street jumped up 20 cents!!(It's time for the KY Derby, so gas prices are always overinflated to fleece the out of towners, but still). So OTOH, I am excited about a gas tax holiday, just as I'm excited about the tax rebate, even though I know it's bad economic policy.

It's a complicated issue, that us poor people are usually to hassled to try to wrap our minds around, unless someone can explain. That someone should be Obama(I believe Bill Clinton could have sold the idea, and I keep hearing Obama is so much better at speaking than him, so I'm patiently waiting), but Clinton has found the better solution, IMO. She doesn't have to explain why we really need the higher taxes, and finds a way to screw the oil companies, always a bonus to poor people. And her environmental plan actually takes steps to insure that we start to come off of gasoline, so it is a win/win. Which is more than Obama and McCain.

Bill Clinton for First Dude!!!