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May 14, 2008


"Thank you. Now watch this drive."

So I'm watching Robin and Company this morning - that's CNN's Headline News' morning show with the very, very pretty Robin Meade - and the topic was the Politico.com interview with President Bush. There was Robin as the moderator, a Barack Obama spokesman; a Hillary Clinton Spokesman; a Republican strategist; and a CNN political analyst. The part of the interview which they were discussing was question from Politico.com senior political correspondent Mike Allen who asked a question about golf:

ALLEN: Mr. President, you haven't been golfing in recent years. Is that related to Iraq?

PRESIDENT BUSH: Yes, it really is. I don't want some mom whose son may have recently died to see the Commander-in-Chief playing golf. I feel I owe it to the families to be as -- to be in solidarity as best as I can with them. And I think playing golf during a war just sends the wrong signal.

The four gave their various spins on The President's answer. The Obama and Clinton spokesmen attacked the commander-in-chief's failures; the GOP strategist commended Bush's compassion; and the CNN employee said something to the effect of, "It's about time". All were expected answers and all were wrong.

As the question to the panel of four idiots was asked by the lead idiot, Robin Meade, I bet my brother (who I was watching with) that the now-infamous video of Bush on the golf course, with a driver in his hand, commenting on terrorism; and his subsequent bragging about his golf game when he thought the cameras were off, would go unnoticed.

I was right.

It was in August, 2002 when President bush made the "Now watch this drive" comment. He was in Kennebunkport, Maine to visit his parents and was out on the links with his father, George H.W. Bush. It should, more importantly, be noted that this was less than a year after the terrorist bombings of 911; was while he and his staff were planning the Iraq war (and the lies which they would use to sell it to the American people); and was in response to a fatal terrorist bombing in Israel. Here's how it transpired:

"There are a few killers who want to stop the peace process that we have started, and we must not let them. I call upon all nations to do everything they can to stop these terrorist killers."

"Thank you. Now watch this drive."
-President Bush

It was a moment which truly defines President Photo-Op, and a moment which shows the true character - or lack thereof - of the man. And when not one of the panel of four even mentioned it - not even in jest - for some reason, it didn't take me by surprise.

We all know that this President presides over an administration which should be known as "The Administration of Diminished Responsibility". We know that their view of the American people is as nothing more than cannon fodder and a rich man son's bank account.

We are put here for their amusement.

But what about the culpability of the main stream media? I remember the days when the likes of Roger Ailes and his ilk called CNN "The Clinton News Network". Does anyone actually think that the MSM isn't giving this President and his people a pass?

And why would both Democratic candidates' representatives on the panel not mention the famous clip, which was even featured in Michael Moore's Farenheight 911? Allow me to answer my own rhetorical question:

They're just stupid.

And they think we are too.

-Noah Greenberg

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