Thursday, August 02, 2007

Cowboy 'diplomacy'

By Libby

I predicted from the day Bush was appointed president that his ill manners would get us into a mess. I've seen nothing in the last six years to suggest I was wrong. Time has not improved his courtesy. He took a couple of cheap shots at BBC political editor Nick Robinson.
Robinson, who has asked Bush pointed questions in the past such as whetherthe president was “in denial” over the Iraq war, posed a question to Bush about whether he could trust visiting British Prime Minister Gordon Brown not to “cut and run” from Iraq.

Bush replied with a dismissal: “Are you still hanging around?”

Later on, Bush poked fun at the bare-pate of Robinson, joking, “You’d better cover up your bald head, it’s getting hot out.”

The respected British reporter shot back, “I didn’t know you cared.”

Bush responded with a cool, “I don’t.” The Mirror reports that Bush then “snorted disdainfully” and “walked away to laughter.”

Nice. Our president can't answer a simple question so he mocks someone's physical appearance? I don't know what's worse. That our president could be so inappropriately rude or that our sycophantic press corps laughed it off.

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Blogger Capt. Fogg said...

He talks tough when surrounded by his goons and wearing a bullet proof vest.

As Sam Spade said: "The cheaper the crook, the gaudier the patter" but even cheap crooks can manage better than this snotty little bastard.

I wonder how tough he would be if he didn't have his witless protection program following him around. I hope we find out soon.

3:14:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What, exactly, is there to laugh about? I too was appalled to read about this, and it further undercuts any benefit of the doubt about Mr. Bush's basic humanity.

When on camera, President Bush exudes this aura of "caring," like the bridge collapse in Minneapolis, Jackson Squarre in NO, or Virginia Tech. But the PRIVATE moments revealed here and there are quite anyone, let alone a president of the nation.

Perhaps someday the Bush legacy, and perhaps his epitath will be best expressed by "I don't care."

3:38:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

I'm convinced he's just a natural boor and I'd bet he was exactly like that all his life, even before he crowned himself king. The press corps piss me off more for laughing at it. Stunned silence would have been more appropriate but those brownnosers probably hate the BBC guy for asking the questions they don't have the balls to ask themselves.

5:08:00 PM  

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