At last, beloved former president George W. Bush has emerged from the rough'n'tumble wilds of Preston Hollow to conduct the kind of statesmanship befitting an ex-president, like, let's see here… making a dinner speech at a "Manufacturer and Business Association meeting" in Erie, Pennsylvania.
And of course, there's no one better equipped to take shots at the current (possibly illegitimate, definitely incompetent) administration…
Mr. Bush weighed in on some of the most pressing issues of the day: the election in Iran, the closing of the Guantanamo Bay detention center in Cuba, and his administration's interrogation policies of terrorists held there and elsewhere. [...]
"I told you I'm not going to criticize my successor," he said. "I'll just tell you that there are people at Gitmo that will kill American people at a drop of a hat and I don't believe that persuasion isn't going to work. Therapy isn't going to cause terrorists to change their mind."
Sigh. I'm such a sucker for the way that man slings a double negative, almost as if he didn't not misintend it. But what's really behind George W. Bush's lofty rhetoric, hmm?
Asked by the evening emcee if he finds the new president's policies "socialist," Mr. Bush started then stopped.
"I hear a lot of those words, but it depends on…," he said, breaking off. He later offered a more diplomatic assessment: "We'll see."
Double sigh. Once again, America, we're simply not ready for the truth George W. Bush wants to tell.
Perhaps it's time to ask ourselves why we hate transparency so much, because I think it's starting to frustrate him.
Tags: Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Guantanamo Bay, Socialism