I hate to watch our President, George W. Bush, on television. Just the sight of him at a podium tends to cause my blood pressure to rise a few points. This sometimes annoys Mrs. Geek. She feels that she should sometimes watch the Dubya because it is, after all, important to know what's on his mind. I wish I could share that view, but I can't stand even listening to him talk.
I've lately been thinking about why he bothers me so. I am reminded of a priest I know. This priest is a great guy and a very worthy servant of God. He was asked by his local Congressman to give the convocation at the start of one day's session of the U.S. House of Representatives as the "acting Chaplain to the House" or some such thing. Mrs. Geek and I made sure to watch CSPAN to hear and see the start of the session. After leading the prayer, the priest steps back from the microphone and gets this wry little smile on his face. It was as if he was feeling "wow... I actually did that."
I believe that my major problem with our President is that he has that wry little grin on his face all the time. I can watch him during a speech, a debate, or a press conference, and he has that grin on that says "wow... I just did that" or "wow... I just showed them" even as he parrots the utter nonsense that his carefully selected circle feeds him day-in and day-out. He can be talking about the fact that our troops, many of them national guardmen on second and third tours of duty, are fighting an insurgency in Iraq that has been "in its last throes" for over a year now and no end in sight... and that smug little grin is still there saying "ha! I told them when I said 'we're turning a corner'!".
It makes me sick. The fact that there is no end in sight to the domination of this government by bible-thumping chicken-hawk ideologues bent on squandering American strength and goodwill for immediate and temporary goals turns my stomach. Was Bill Clinton the President just six and a half years ago? Oh, we didn't know how good we had it then.
on 2006-06-20 at 2:01 p.m.
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