Friday, October 09, 2009

Way Off Target

First we had the failed presidency of George Herbert Walker Bush; then the historically failed presidency of George W. Bush. Do we have a Jeb W. Bush presidency in our future? We all better hope not.

Speaking on GOP TV's Fox and Friends on October 8, J. Bush was quoted by swamppolitics.com as claiming, seriously

"I was on the plane yesterday coming up to Washington and I heard someone complain that their child's acne was because of George Bush. Of course last week the Olympics didn't come to Chicago, that was my brother's fault."

The former governor of Florida, apparently failed to name names, recognizing that identifying any of these naysayers would open his silly comments to examination. Here, certainly, are a few individuals he was not referring to:

Rick Moran, in the conservative pajamasmedia.com: "He placed the prestige of his presidency directly on the line and failed. That’s the bottom line. He gambled with the one thing no president should ever gamble with unless the stakes are much higher than his hometown getting the Olympic games."

Michelle Malkin, posting on her blog: "Goodbye, 'yes, we can.' Hell, 'no, you can't.'"

Glenn Beck, on his syndicated radio program: "He just gave a speech yesterday and he said, look, it's important. I am the guy I am here to bring the whole world together. I am here to I can I got the whole world in my hand, I got the whole wide world in my hand, I got the whole wide world in my hand, I got... what? Oh, crap."

Lou Dobbs, on his syndicated radio program: "Lots of folks are going to be going to Rio because they won the 2016 Olympics and Chicago -- Chicago, well, they were smeared, they were wiped out...."

William Kristol, on Fox News Sunday, quoted by Think Progress: Come walk with us. I’m here for America. Can you imagine if some Republican — if Bush had done this and we hadn’t gotten it? Typical Bush heavy-handedness, cowboy unilateralist, hegemonic imperialist action. Obama falls into that trap and they went for it. I must say you couldn’t help be amused by it."

And of course, Rush Limbaugh:

Oh, man, oh, man, oh, man. The worst day of Obama's presidency, folks, the ego has landed. The world has rejected Obama! Chicago, the least number of votes, first elimination in the round of voting for the Olympics in 2016. When you stop to think about it, folks, doesn't it make sense? Our president, "Barack Hussein Obama! Mmm, mmm, mmm. Barack Hussein Obama! Mmm, mmm, mmm," had been running around the world for nine months telling everybody how much our country sucks. He's been running around the world apologizing for the United States of America. Why would anybody award the Olympics to such a crappy place as the United States? Oh, man, folks. I wonder how victory looks to Obama now that it has escaped him and passed him by. He doesn't want to win in Afghanistan but he certainly wanted to win in Chicago. I think the world apparently wants the guy to fail. Because Obama has failed, the world rejected Obama first of all the people, the world rejected Michelle (My Belle) Obama, the world rejected The Oprah....

Folks, the worst day of his presidency....

Now, you do have to ask yourself a question. You do have to ask a serious question here. Is this guy, at the end of the day, a blithering moron?


It wasn't only the right-wing. Even the Associated Press got into the act, calculating

President Barack Obama's failed bid to bring the 2016 Olympic Games to Chicago cost more than a bruised ego.

Taxpayers shelled out probably $1 million or more for the president, his wife and others to fly to Copenhagen and back to woo members of the International Olympic Committee.


The criticism of President Obama's foray into Olympic politics began prior to the trip, Media Matters pointing to the negative comments of talk show host Sean Hannity, the Washington Examiner's Byron York, the Weekly Standard's Stephen Hayes, the Media Research Center's Brent Bozell, and, as expected, various figures on GOP TV. At least these guys and gals, commenting before the trip, weren't at that point grabbing at the low-hanging fruit, but indicative of the critical analysis of Barack Obama for making the trip.

And on and on and on. Did you see all those references to President George W. Bush in those statements? No, because no one blamed Mr. Bush for the loss of the 2016 Olympics- or if he/she did, it's incumbent on Jeb Bush to call the individual out. But Jeb Bush, displaying as much courage as his brother did skill in running the country, did not and will not.

next up: "El Rushbo" said in his rant something particularly relevant to the news of today. Then, more Jeb.

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