Friday, February 16, 2007

Dubya Unplugged

For the first time in 2 months our President held a press conference two day ago where he would answer questions. The fact that his engagement in unscripted interactions is noteworthy is a sad sad statement in my humble, unbiased opinion. I mean if there's one thing cool about having a Parliament it's that the Prime Minister has to basically work off his toes every session as he gets pounded with questions. In fact watching the English Parliament late at night on C-SPAN is one of the best sources of entertainment....or at least British entertainment anyways. Has anyone really spent some time watching old re-runs of The Benny Hill Show? I'm sorry but that tatti is awful. All he does is run around in women's clothes while being chased by ugly people. If I wanted to see that I could go into the women's changing room of a local Wal-Mart.

But I digress.

While watching the Prez speak I came to one solid conclusion: If this guy was in high school MUN or speech & debate he would get shredded up. If you close your eyes and forget for a moment that he's the Commander & Chump (oh what a slumber that would be!) you can't help but feel that the way he answers questions is akin to that of annoying delegate in some debate committee...the kind whom everyone can't stand because they have an inability to have substance in their speech.

Okay so it's easy to take random shots at the guy, I mean it's not like everyone else doesn't do it, but look at his quotes from today:
  • The Prez on working with Iraqi forces: "The coordination's good. In other words, there's good conversation, constant conversation between the commanders of the -- of our troops and their troops. And that's a positive development."
  • The Prez on potential Irani weapons used in Iraq: "But the point I made in my initial speech in the White House about Iraq was -- is that we know they're there and we're going to protect our troops. When we find the networks that are enabling these weapons to end up in Iraq, we will deal with them."
  • 15 seconds later the Prez on Irani weapons in Iraq: "If we find agents who are moving these devices into Iraq, we will deal with them. I have put out the command to our troops -- I mean, to the people, our commanders, that we'll protect the soldiers of the United States and innocent people in Iraq, and we'll continue doing so."
  • The Prez paints a rich tapestry of the land of Iran: "And I believe Iran is a unbelievably vital nation. It's got a great history. It's got wonderful traditions. It's got very capable, smart people."
  • ....why don't we have one more comment about protecting our troops 1 minutes later: "...And I've asked our commanders to do something about it. And we're going to protect our troops. "
  • ....okay, okay, how about one more reassurance while being asked about about the quality of U.S. intelligence even though it doesn't really apply to the question being answered: "The idea that somehow we're manufacturing the idea that the Iranians are providing IEDs is preposterous. My job is to protect our troops. And when we find devices that are in that country that are hurting our troops, we're going to do something about it, pure and simple."
  • ...can't we have one more? : "Does this mean you're trying to have a pretext for war? No. It means I'm trying to protect our troops. That's what that's means."
  • The Prez on how he is in touch with the world around him and the events in Iraq: "I can only tell you what people on the ground whose judgment -- it's hard for me, you know, living in this beautiful White House, to give you a first-hand assessment. I haven't been there. You have. I haven't... It is, however, a dangerous situation, thereby requiring action on my part."
  • The Prez describing a breakthrough revelation on the laws of supply and demand to an audience in awe: "by the way, the -- when the demand for corn stays high, the price tends to go up and your hog farmer gets disgruntled with the alternative energy plan."
I love the troops and I think what they're doing is something I would never be able to handle. But let's be honest, the reason the Prez keeps on referring to protecting them is because it's one of the few topics that no one can really speak against. That's why he brings it up every few minutes even on any topic, even when that's not the issue at hand. It's like saying "I'm not really for or against abortion, I just want to protect our troops." I'm sorry but if a high school kid responded to a debate like this, he wouldn't pass his class....let alone be the leader of the free world. Okay so this whole post is a little bit of political commentary but I can't believe that people can take him seriously.


Never Said I Was Clever said...

yer fantastic.

Shakes said...

thank you, thank you. i try :)