Monday, January 26, 2009

Three Greatest Moments of the Bush Presidency (That's George W. mind you...)

Notice none of these are about policy...

3) Dodging the shoe

Frankly, it's hilarious—some journalist in Iraq decides that he's had enough of Bush and he throws a shoe at him. Straight up, Austin Powers style.

What's amazing is that Bush easily gets away from the shoe-missile, and then when the second shoe is launched, he once again dodges it with ease. And he's unfazed by all of this... the bring it on mentality is in full force during this 'attack'. Bush wants the shoe to be headed straight at him just so he can show his agility and cool, calm demeanor in a pressure situation.

In other words, this was the anti-"My Pet Goat" moment of his Presidency.

2) Throwing a strike during the 2001 World Series

Let's break this down, Hubie Brown style:
Okay, so you're George Bush. You're in New York. You're in Yankee Stadium. Millions of people are watching you on TV. It's just a few weeks after 9/11, people love you right now. LOVE YOU. So you're asked to throw out the first pitch, but being the President, you've got to wear a bullet proof jacket. These things are big, they're heavy, they aren't comfortable. They don't feel natural.

So what do you do?

That's right, you throw a strike down the middle.

That my friends, is pretty cool.

1) The Bullhorn speech
Without a doubt, no matter what you think of W. and his policies or his politics, Bush represented on September 14, 2001 with his "bullhorn" speech:

I can hear you! I can hear you! The rest of the world hears you! And the people -- and the people who knocked these buildings down will hear all of us soon!

It was the perfect thing to say on that day. American wanted to be sure that we had someone who could hear us and who would, in turn, make sure the world heard us. It was off the cuff, it was inspirational, it was a great moment in American history.

Sadly, Bush didn't hear most of us in the end. He would waste all the support he gathered and manage to divide the country despite the unity that the country so wanted.

And what's even a bigger bummer for me is the Bush's policy achievements are lacking... domestically they have been a disaster and his foreign policy—to be nice—is incomplete. None of the things on this list have to do with policy... two of them are just sort of fun, or cool moments. They aren't symbolic, they aren't anything thing other than a youtube clip. And while the his greatest moments is truly a great moment, if that is the only thing worth a damn from eight years in office, well... I'm not sure what to say other than what a waste it's been.

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