More from Bush's presser
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.
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.