Saturday, May 26, 2007

Let Them Eat...

I don't as a rule do politics. All things political have the potential of devolving into vehement disagreement and yelling, and other people are much better than I at keeping the lid on potentially explosive situations. You know how, though, sometimes you hear someone say something or see them do something and you sit there and wonder, "What in the hell was he/she thinking?!" It occurs to me that President George W. Bush is the quintessential person who inspires that thought in me these days. Not only do I wonder what the hell Bush, Cheney, and the rest of the administration were thinking, but I wonder what the hell American voters were thinking, and what the hell the Supreme Court was thinking.

These are some real, honest to God words straight out of the mouth of George W. Bush, whence derives the political connotation. Thing is, they could just as easily be made-up jokes.

"You took an oath to defend our flag and our freedom, and you kept that oath underseas and under fire." --George W. Bush, addressing war veterans, Washington, D.C., Jan. 10, 2006

"If the Iranians were to have a nuclear weapon they could proliferate." --George W. Bush, Washington D.C., March 21, 2006

"Finally, the desk, where we'll have our picture taken in front of -- is nine other Presidents used it. This was given to us by Queen Victoria in the 1870s, I think it was. President Roosevelt put the door in so people would not know he was in a wheelchair. John Kennedy put his head out the door." --George W. Bush, showing German newspaper reporter Kai Diekmann the Oval Office, Washington, D.C., May 5, 2006

"The point now is how do we work together to achieve important goals. And one such goal is a democracy in Germany." --George W. Bush, D.C., May 5, 2006

"You never know what your history is going to be like until long after you're gone." --George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., May 5, 2006

"I think -- tide turning -- see, as I remember -- I was raised in the desert, but tides kind of -- it's easy to see a tide turn -- did I say those words?" --George W. Bush, asked if the tide was turning in Iraq, Washington, D.C., June 14, 2006

"I've reminded the prime minister-the American people, Mr. Prime Minister, over the past months that it was not always a given that the United States and America would have a close relationship." George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., June 29, 2006

"And I suspect that what you'll see, Toby, is there will be a momentum, momentum will be gathered. Houses will begat jobs, jobs will begat houses." --George W. Bush, talking to reporters along the hurricane-ravaged Gulf Coast, Gulfport, Miss., Aug. 28, 2006

"You know, one of the hardest parts of my job is to connect Iraq to the war on terror." --George W. Bush, interview with CBS News' Katie Couric, Sept. 6, 2006

"The only way we can win is to leave before the job is done." --George W. Bush, Greeley, Colo., Nov. 4, 2006

"Make no mistake about it, I understand how tough it is, sir. I talk to families who die." --George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., Dec. 7, 2006

I'm a strong proponent of the restoration of the wetlands, for a lot of reasons. There's a practical reason, though, when it comes to hurricanes: The stronger the wetlands, the more likely the damage of the hurricane." --George W. Bush, New Orleans, March 1, 2007

"Suiciders are willing to kill innocent life in order to send the projection that this is an impossible mission." --George W. Busy, Washington, D.C., April 3, 2007

"One of my concerns is that the health care not be as good as it can possibly be." --George W. Bush, on military benefits, Tipp City, Ohio, April 19, 2007

"There are some similarities, of course (between Iraq and Vietnam). Death is terrible." --George W. Bush, Tipp City, Ohio, April 19, 2007

"Either we'll succeed, or we won't succeed. And the definition of success as I described is sectarian violence down. Success is not no violence." --George W. Bush, on Iraq, Washington, D.C., May 2, 2007

"I'm honored to be here with the eternal general of the United States, mi amigo Alberto Gonzales." --George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., May 4, 2007

Getting ready to go to the mall now -- babygirl needs new shoes, which I'm pretty sure will act much like silver bullets on the smelly old Birthday Troll.

Notice how the picture on the right makes my hair look lighter? I don't know whether it was the flash or a sunbeam or what, but it's ironic because I've been wondering what I'd look like ... blonde.

Apparently, the prom got cancelled last night. There was nobody in the gym but the chaperones. Oddly enough, the parking lot was full, though. Some of the cars were rocking -- earthquake? -- and all the windows were steamed up (volcano?). I don't know what that means.


Roxan said...

The village idiot gets selected and the world laughs.

Charles said...

Well, its pretty apparent that the American public doesn't want a president smarter than they are. Here's a good question, how in the hell did he ever get a college degree? hmmm. Could it be, it was bought and paid for?
Well, he's got his karma coming to him. I think the only reason he's maintained his position is everybody knows how bad it could be with DICK Cheney as pres. Oooo, darn it, I scared myself, again.

Anonymous said...

I agree with you about discussing politics. It bothers me when people who are affiliated with a party are so loyal they will stick with their people and issues regardless of whether they are wrong or right.
For example during the Impeachment hearings Clinton had a steady 38%
approval rating and now with the Iraq war Bush still has a steady 37% approval(rough percentage I'm quoting).
Issues are'nt usually black&white but gray and people have to think for themselves instead of what the party says.
Why do people walk lockstep behind their leaders like robots?

Anyway those are headshaking quotes.

I like both pictures but I like the first one best.

Serena Joy said...

Yeah, Roxan. It's just too bad Texas doesn't put out an Amber Alert for its missing idiot.

I'll be darned if I can figure out how he finished college, Charles. Clearly, English wasn't his strong suit. See, you get this, why I don't do politics. It scares me, too!

I agree with you 100%, TC. I think rabid party loyalty regardless of whether policies are right or wrong is just silly. I vote for candidates, and I don't care whether they come from the World Leprechaun Fractions and Square Roots Debating Federation as long as they're capable and know what they're doing.

Oh, goody, one blonde vote!

Corn Dog said...

Now THIS is truly funny...
"It's just too bad Texas doesn't put out an Amber Alert for its missing idiot."

Your whole post made me horse laugh and then I had to stop and think, "Damn I'm laughing at the moe-ron in charge of the country." Of course, that didn't stop me from reading on and laughing more. I love love love that picture of George W. in his gown. Is he coming to the prom?

G-Man said...

Serena Joy, I did not vote for the idiot!..I blame Florida for the whole mess...maybe I'll boycott Orange Juice for a while!
Also, I'm now upstairs on the "good" PC...So I went back a post and listened to your video..
I really like it...She has a great voice!
Thanks also for the continuing photo parade...You are quite pretty Missy...And are you a red-head?..Please tell me that you are a red-head!!

Serena Joy said...

Well, CD, I think he HAS to come to the prom now. God knows, he's dressed for it. We'll play horsey with him.

I just KNEW you didn't vote for the moron, g-man. Knew it, knew it. I like Miss Brandi's voice a lot. And thank you, yes, I am a redhead. Getting older than dirt, but still the same red hair I was born with.

Liz said...

He is absolutely amazing. I thought Ronald Regan was hilarious enough but George W takes the cake and all those birthday candles too.

Serena Joy said...

Maybe he's been inhaling the candles, Liz.:)

Scary Monster said...

Me just fired up me computer and be sitting down with the first of several cups of coffee. Starting your day with quotes from the American president can be dangerous to yer intellect.

btw- Me had tons of fun getting ready for the prom.

lets all go camping this summer

Serena Joy said...

Scary, I never can get used to the fact that when it's evening here, it's the next day there. Most disconcerting.

Scary Summer Camp sounds like great fun. Set it up!

puerileuwaite said...

Redheads ARE a weakness of mine, but you DO look cute as a blonde. I've been enjoying the pictures.

(Anything to momentarily distract me from the debacle known as the "W" years. Why it is tougher for some of us to qualify for jobs [background checks, competency assessments, personality profiling, drug tests, work history, references, et. al.], than it is for a numbnut to become leader of the free world?).

Serena Joy said...

Aw, thanks, Puggy.:)

About the W question -- oh, man, that is the question, isn't it? How DOES that happen? It's not even natural.

Anonymous said...

I love the World Leprechaun Fractions party.:)
You want to talk about being older than dirt? g-man and I are card carrying
You hardly look older than dirt and are a very pretty woman.
You also have a young spirit, wisdom and zest for life.

I didn't vote for Al Gore the first time because he when he spoke I always felt like he was speaking down to us like we were children. I like him now and wish he would run again, he deserves it.
I didn't vote last time because I'm tired of having to choose between the lesser of two evils, hold your nose and vote thing.

Serena Joy said...

LOL, TC. I'm pretty sure I'm carrying the same card you and g-man are.

Like you, I'm really tired of having to hold my nose and vote for the lesser of two evils. Something's got to give.

Anonymous said...

They are so silly, It's hard to believe that those quotes are real. But I'm sure they are.

The man says so many stupid things. It would be funny if it wasn't so scary.

Malnurtured Snay said...

This is what happens when a presidential hopefull gets nominated because of his name and not for any real or imagined merit.

Serena Joy said...

Exactly, Winters. If the man were a comedian, he'd be credited for some great lines. As a world leader, the same lines are just scary as hell.

So true, Snay. I believe I read that he only ran to get back at Hussein for slights to his father, Bush the Elder. Surely his handlers knew he wasn't remotely qualified. That is inexcusable.

Hale McKay said...

If the President said it - then it must be true!

Sonnet Boy said...

Here's my favorite--a poem composed (inadvertently) by G.W. Bush. Some poetic-minded people took some of his greatest hits and put them together.

It's actually quite affecting... ;)

by George W. Bush

I think we all agree, the past is over.
This is still a dangerous world.
It's a world of madmen and uncertainty
and potential mental losses.

Rarely is the question asked
Is our children learning?
Will the highways of the Internet become more few?
How many hands have I shaked?

They misunderestimate me.
I am a pitbull on the pantleg of opportunity.
I know that the human being and the fish can coexist.
Families is where our nation finds hope, where our wings take dream.

Put food on your family!
Knock down the tollbooth!
Vulcanize society!
Make the pie higher! Make the pie higher!

Serena Joy said...

That rocks, Scott. I mean, it just rocks! Now that The Project has concluded, perhaps you've found your new calling.:)