Daily Archives: March 8, 2004

Our Disengaged Leader Finally Gets Involved

George W Bush, the president who has delegated more of his responibilities than any other president in US history and despite that can only spare an hour to testify to his own 9/11 Commission, has found the time to spend three hours making a commercial and many more to run his own campaign. Or so sayeth the NYT.

“I don’t think there are any major decisions coming out of the campaign that he’s not making,” said one Republican official close to the re-election effort who did not want to be named for fear of angering Karl Rove, Mr. Bush’s chief political adviser, who is overseeing the campaign. “For example, this media buy wasn’t decided by Karl. It was decided by the president. You don’t have a situation where the president is removed, as maybe his father might have been.”Friends who have talked with the president in recent weeks say he is consumed by the campaign, the polls and Mr. Kerry. (emphasis added)

So Junior finally found something besides tax cuts for his wealthy contributors that could get him fired up. The 9/11 investigation didn’t do it, Iraq didn’t do it, the plummeting economy didn’t do it, nor the health care crisis, the resurgence of the Taliban he supposedly vanquished, a dismal jobs picture, ballooning deficits, nor our increasing international isolation amid distrust and fear of our motives. The dead returning from Iraq couldn’t get get him to move a few miles to honor them, and he was unmoved by the crisis he helped create in Haiti and Venezuela. The poor children his brother Jeb is throwing out of CHIP go unnoticed and unremarked, and the embezzlement of the SocSec Fund isn’t worth a moment’s thought. But his re-election? Ah, now that’s IMPORTANT. He can find time for that.

Mr. Bush was remarkably acquiescent, they added, during the two to three hours of camera work it took to get his lead campaign commercial ready to broadcast; the 60-second spot, shot about three weeks ago, features Mr. Bush talking about his presidency as he sits next to his wife, Laura, at the White House.”There were a lot of different takes,” said one White House official. “He has an unbelievable level of patience for these things, and you wouldn’t expect him to.” (emphasis added)

Yessir, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again–everybody’s gotta have priorities, and Junior’s are no secret. He knows exactly where he wants to spend his time and it ain’t with the 9/11 Commission. As Dwight Meredith of Wampum put it, “You can’t really expect a man to take time out of a tight schedule filming commercials to help explain a national tragedy, can you?”

Gee, no, and I apologize for my insensitivity. Imagine my thinking that that tragedy was more important than a Bush ad. I’m going all red.