Daily Kos: What, Bush isn't jovial and decisive?

What, Bush isn't jovial and decisive?
by kos
Mon Sep 12th, 2005 at 20:26:11 CDT


Is Bush the commanding, decisive, jovial president you've been hearing about for years in so much of the mainstream press?

Maybe not so much.

Judging from the blistering analyses in Time, Newsweek, and elsewhere these past few days, it turns out that Bush is in fact fidgety, cold and snappish in private. He yells at those who dare give him bad news and is therefore not surprisingly surrounded by an echo chamber of terrified sycophants. He is slow to comprehend concepts that don't emerge from his gut. He is uncomprehending of the speeches that he is given to read. And oh yes, one of his most significant legacies -- the immense post-Sept. 11 reorganization of the federal government which created the Homeland Security Department -- has failed a big test.

Maybe it's Bush's sinking poll numbers -- he is, after all, undeniably an unpopular president now. Maybe it's the way that the federal response to the flood has cut so deeply against Bush's most compelling claim to greatness: His resoluteness when it comes to protecting Americans.

But for whatever reason, critical observations and insights that for so long have been zealously guarded by mainstream journalists, and only doled out in teaspoons if at all, now seem to be flooding into the public sphere.

An emperor-has-no-clothes moment seems upon us.

Okay, let's help the wingers get their spin straight. You see, it was the liberal media that propped up Bush for the past five years with lies about his character and demeanor in order to build up unreasonable expectations about him. Then the liberal media lay in ambush, waiting, waiting, anticipating, until BAM! Bush screwed up so royally that they could spring their devious trap to bring him down!

Hey! Making shit up is fun! Too bad I'm a Democrat and live in the reality based community.

Daily Kos: What, Bush isn't jovial and decisive?


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