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Wednesday, April 19, 2006


Today's "Spoiled Child Georgie-Boy" Quote in the Lead

 

"I'm the decider"
-President Bush, Tuesday, April 18, 2006, in response to those who wish to see "Rummy" replaced

Is that in, "I'm the decider, not a uniter?"

-Eddie Konczal

Here is the whole quote:
"I hear the voices, and I read the front page, and I know the speculation. But I'm the decider, and I decide what is best. And what's best is for Don Rumsfeld to remain as the secretary of defense."
-GW

First, I always expected that "G"lobal "W"arming Bush heard "voices". I just assumed that they all sounded like Karl "The Traitor" Rove.
Second, I surprises me that GW reads the "front page". I thought he went straight for the After all, we all know he doesn't bother with the rest of the paper.
And Finally, in deciding that it's "best" for "Rummy" to "remain as secretary of defense", I guess GW threw out that whole "listening to the generals" thing.


I heard this statement on the Randi Rhodes Show (Air America Radio) and what struck me was the venom with how GW said it. It sounded like he was questioning anyone who could possibly question him. It was a "How dare you!" moment, like he was a King, or even... a deity!

They'll be more of this coming, that's for sure.

-Noah Greenberg



Out with the Old

"I have given it my all sir and I have given you my all sir, and I will continue to do so as we transition to a new press secretary."
-McClellan, on announcing his resignation, and its acceptance by President Bush

Being the White House press secretary under any president can't be a picnic, but being having that job in the Bush administration has to be like having ants showing up. Press Secretary Number 2 is now departing from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Number 3, step this way. Here's your new jacket... the one with the bull's-eye on it. (Please stay away from the Vice President... it's for your own safety.)

"a challenging assignment."
-Bush, on being his press secretary

"I thought he handled his assignment with class, integrity. It's going to be hard to replace Scott, but nevertheless he made the decision and I accepted it. One of these days, he and I are going to be rocking in chairs in Texas and talking about the good old days."
-Bush

Only GW could call these days of terrorists and multiple wars, scandals, corruption and presidential leaks "the good old days." What an insult to every man and woman who wears the uniform of our nation; what an insult to those who died on 9/11 and in our ongoing wars. This man knows know shame or he simply just doesn't get it.

 

The only ones that this is the "Good old days" for are the war profiteers and the ultra "haves" and "have mores" that President Bush calls his "base".

I wonder if McClellan will look at this as the "good old days"? Maybe he and his predecessor, Ari Fleischer will sit in their" rocking chairs" at the Home for the Residentially Stressed Out, wearing their straight jackets, talking about the days when nothing made sense, wrong was right and incompetence, thievery and just plain lying was the norm.

It was either only the blindly loyal or the incredibly greedy that have stayed on at the Bush White House since its inception. Let's see Norman Mineta, the "token Democrat" take his Bush-filled resume and get another job in 2008.

I want to know why GW accepted resignations from the likes of Fleischer, McClellan and John Ashcroft but refused to part with Donald "We Don't Know What We Don't Know" Rumsfeld. Maybe he has a picture somewhere of a certain chief executive with a "live boy or a dead girl", as the saying goes.

And then this piece of news: Rove is resigning as deputy Chief of Staff. I guess he'd rather run the oval office from a different office. Rove, of course, isn't leaving the employ of the American People, he's just going back to his old job of stealing elections. Personally, I believe that Rove is leaving because, any day now, he is going to be joining I. Scooter Libby on the defense side of the courtroom. Resigning now makes it look a whole lot better than resigning after you've "surrendered" yourself to police custody.

Take his passport away, your honor. I think he's a-gonna run! (We wish.)

I have friends on the religious right that are always trying to get me (I'm a Jew) to accept Christ. (That whole freedom of religion thing just always seems to get in the way, doesn't it?). Sometimes it's difficult to be around them because I know I'm going to be bombarded with theology and "proof" of certain things (like the world being only several thousand years and carbon dating is not a science). Sometimes I just opt out of a get-together when I know certain people are invited.

So, I wonder if Fleischer left the BWH (Bush White House) because of his own, religious bombardment, and if he did, do you think he gave Joel Kaplan, Rove's repalcement a head's up?

There were good people who spoke their mind at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue at the beginning of the Bush reign. McClellan, as the guy between Bush and the anemic press had to swallow the Bush bait hook, line and sinker. Does anybody remember Fleischer? Other than a stint on celebrity Jeopardy (which he won), or as I like to call it, Jeopardy for Idiots, has anyone heard from him since?

Paul O'Neill, the former Treasury Secretary, and the only "mistake" Bush alluded to at one of the 2004 Presidential Debates, has been vilified: Christine Todd Whitman, former Governor of New Jersey, Choice for Women supporter (okay... she's not all bad) and the first head of the Bush EPA left when she realized that her boss had bosses of his own to answer to: The "Pollution Lobby". (By the way, thanks for the deficit and the embarrassment of "Governor for a day" you left behind, Chrissie. We here in New Jersey are still trying to recover. Remember that when Whitman defeated Former Governor Jim Florio (D), she had inherited a surplus. A Democrat leaving office with a surplus and a Republican entering office and creating a deficit. Hmm... Sound familiar?) And don't even get me started on what Bush and his cronies at Fox News Channel did to Richard Clark, the former anti-terrorism czar or "Retired" head of the Joint Chiefs, General Eric Shinseki.

 

Added Late:
Before I finished writing this article, I heard that Tony Snow, of Fox News Channel is going to take McClellan's place. We'll now have one less McClellan (Dr. Mark McClellan is head of the Medicare Part "D" fiasco - he is the brother of Scott McClellan) and one more Snow (unknown relations) to join Treasury Secretary and all around day-dreamer, John Snow.

This new "Snow Job" is going to be a blizzard folks.


-Noah Greenberg


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