Yesterday, POTUS-for-now George W. Bush sat down with Politico's Mike Allen to record an interview for Yahoo News, the president's appearance for an online audience (not counting all those YouTube clips of him saying random dumb things in public).
The interview was packed with surprises — for example, it turns out Bush ignored the Kyoto treaty discussions on climate change because he didn't think Americans would "want your president trying to be the cool guy" proving his coolness by jumping on that environment trend-wagon. This is exactly like how he refuses to wear gladiator sandals no matter what Anna Wintour says.
We also learned that one of the things W. has missed most about civilian life is the ability to forward hilarious messages to everyone in his address book: before moving to Pennsylvania Avenue Bush was a regular man of e-letters, "firing off e-mails at all times of the day to stay in touch with my pals."
You can't do that when you're president, because the risk of leaks or misunderstandings is too great. Like if you email someone, as a total joke, that their drycleaning lady should be waterboarded for shrinking a suit… that could so be misinterpreted by sensitive liberal types.
But perhaps the most striking part of the interview came when Bush revealed that the war in Iraq has taken a grave personal toll on him: it has made him give up his golf game.
"I don't want some mom whose son may have recently died to see the commander in chief playing golf," he said. "I feel I owe it to the families to be in solidarity as best as I can with them. And I think playing golf during a war just sends the wrong signal."
Mmm, yes. Yes it does. You know what else sends the wrong signal? Seeing the commander in chief bury our country under a shitpile of incompetence, ignorance, lies and deception.
I'm no political expert, but I just think it's a bad image.
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