Friday, December 16, 2005

No, this is not an Onion article.

But then, one finds oneself doing that particular double-take so often these days, does one not.

Still, I thought this one was especially special:

"President Says DeLay Is Not Guilty of Money Laundering."

"President Bush said yesterday he is confident that former House majority leader Tom DeLay (R-Tex.) is innocent of money-laundering charges, as he offered strong support for several top Republicans who have been battered by investigations or by rumors of fading clout inside the White House.

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And he believes this because...?

"'I hope that he will [be cleared of the charges], 'cause I like him, and plus, when he's over there, we get our votes through the House,' Bush told Fox News's Brit Hume...

[Heh, heh, heh]

...

It is highly unusual for a president to express an opinion on a pending legal case."

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No shit.

You know, I'm starting to believe that Bush's appeal, such that it is, is precisely because he comes off as such a hapless schmuck (when he's not being all Fearless Leader, of course). His fanbase likes it that he's gormless and pathetic; it makes them feel all tender and protective, the way you would about a falling-down drunk (oh, wait) who also happened to be your father. More to the point, it's comforting to know that no matter how pig-ignorant you are, the guy at the top of the food chain is just as clueless as you are, if not more so, and damn proud of it, too.

1 comment:

Tuffy said...

Yeah, it's the weirdest thing about him -- the very qualities that we hate, the red-staters love

on Majority Report the other night they played tape of a press conf where ( in a stunning break from precedent) one of the reporters asked him how many Iraqis had died because of us. He answered 30,000 (about 2/3 to few, according to the Lancet) and then responded to the very next question with a joke!