Delusional arrogance might be the reality.
Decider George is “short” — an old military term meaning the end of a person’s tour (or time in service) is quickly approaching, as in, “my time here is short” — and he’s getting ready to lift the burden of office, walk arrogantly away from this car/train/ship-wreck he’s had a hand in creating as head-honcho of most likely the worst governmental administration in history.
The destruction created the past near-eight years has been horrific, a series of catastrophic events inter-linked in a sort of freaked-out ‘Six Degress of Kevin Bacon‘ routine, all pointing to Decider George’s White House — a litany-dirge for incompetent, terrible disaster.
History has already caught up with Decider George.
Polls have him pegged as the worst president in modern US history, and the current financial shitfire is creating a mirror, or maybe a window, into a long, tortured list of bungled adventures, from Iraq, and Afghanistan, to Katrina and torture as national policy to just causing a shit-load of death and mayhem.
And even with all this shit he started, made worst with inept counter-plans, Decider George is damn-sure glad he’s been in charge.
In a commentary/reporting piece Saturday in the New York Times:
- George W. Bush began his presidency with the worst terrorist attack on American soil and he is ending it with the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression.
In between, he confronted a hurricane that nearly wiped New Orleans off the map as his administration showed ineptitude in its response.
Now, as he spends his last months in office trying to avert a global economic collapse, Mr. Bush has been telling people privately that itâ€™s a good thing heâ€™s in charge.
â€œHe said that if it was going to happen at all, he was glad it was happening under his presidency, because he had a good group of people in D.C. working for him,â€ Dru Van Steenberg, one of several small-business owners who met with Mr. Bush in San Antonio earlier this week.
The president expressed the same sentiment, others said, during a similar private session in Chantilly, Va., the next day.
â€œHe said that whoever was going to take over in January was going to have a huge crisis on their hands the day they come into office,â€ Ms. Van Steenberg added. â€œHe thought by this happening now, that perhaps everyone could see signs of improvement before the next president comes into office.â€
Even if burdened, he also has the lightness of a man who knows the burden will soon be lifted.
At a closed-door fund-raiser in St. Louis last Friday night, Mr. Bush was humorous and relaxed, said John C. Danforth, the former senator from Missouri, who was there.
The president sounded a note about â€œtough times,â€ in reference to the economy, and â€œseemed relievedâ€ that his presidency was nearly over, Mr. Danforth said.
â€œIt was very unusual, I thought,â€ Mr. Danforth said. â€œI think it was a man who was relaxed and funny and looked as though he was about to shed this burden of the presidency.
In a way, his speech seemed kind of like a valedictory. I took it as though, â€˜Iâ€™ve done the best I can, I think I made the right decisions and now itâ€™s almost over.â€™ â€
- The White House declined to discuss Mr. Bushâ€™s private appearances. â€œThis is typical New York Times nonsensical pseudo-analysis,â€ Tony Fratto, the deputy White House press secretary, said in an e-mail message.
That’s a good-term of words linked together: “nonsensical pseudo-analysis,” though, it doesn’t make much sense.
Decider George, if nothing else, should be cited with hit-and-run, a criminal.
Instead as described last month by the New York Post:
- In four months Mr. and Mrs. Bush move to a town outside Dallas called Preston Hollow, one of the wealthiest areas in the oil-rich state of Texas.
Houses come with horse stables, lake views, mountain views, golf club views.
Kiddies, mother is telling you do not cry for Argentina – or Dubya.
He’s not going from the White House to any cockamamie cramped two-bedroom apartment with hot- and cold-running mortgages.
Laura does not beat around the Bushes.
She’s been to their new home, checked it out, and it’s a big house on five acres.
Their broker is the Lone Star State’s premier Realtor Allie Beth Allman.
George and Laura are going top cabin all the way.
Top cabin all the way — As Nero fiddles…