July 21, 2006

"Honor and Dignity" YouTube-a-rama

Remember that campaign speil where they said Bush would return "honor and dignity" to the White House? I do to.

I set out to bring you a couple clips showing what an undignified clod Bush was, but those instances seem nearly endless. Here are but a few, though there's plenty.

Pop up some popcorn, gather the family around and enjoy.

Dave Letterman kindly compiled 10 of Bush's more dignified moments for us.



But that wasn't up to date.

More recently, Bush molested German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the G8 conference. Looks like it hurt.



And here we have a stark example of Bush's deep thinking, table maners, and coarse language. Contrast Bush's thought process to Blair's. Blair had to be thinking, "How do I get through to this idiot?"



And this one... my God. It pretty much says it all about Bush. (Keep your eye on the background)



Bush, a deep thinker.



And of course, as a man of God, Bush never lies.



and of course, he has impecable manners.



and for your tragi-comic enjoyment, here's some more prime Bush moments. (though the laugh track is goofy.)

I give you, the leader of the free world, two term U.S. president George W. Bush.

14 Comments:

At 7/21/2006 10:03 PM, Blogger nicodemus said...

Boy, smart people like Blair or Condi Rice must have to really "break things down" and simplify for Dubya. I know that he got an MBA at Yale and all that, but when I see someone not know what "sovereignty" is and having only a pedestrian knowledge of foreign policy, I am a little embarassed. And I voted for him twice.

Reminds me of a true story about Ronald Reagan: One time he was meeting with some Saudi Arabian leaders and they were trying to communicate with him some concept-(the complexities of Mideast Peace or the oil trade or something) Anyhow Reagan sits there, just smiling and nodding and looking at the Arab, pretending to take it all in... Then, when it was Reagan's turn to speak, he says: "You have a nose like Danny Thomas."
The befuddled dignitary is like "huh?" and then an embarrassed aide had to explain that Danny Thomas was someone that Reagan knew through showbiz in the 50s and that Danny Thomas was Lebanese.

 
At 7/22/2006 5:19 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Nico,
It takes quite a man to admit that they voted for this guy TWICE. I've got to admire your honesty. (but HOW did you get fooled TWICE??!!)

At any rate, thanks for reminding me of the Reagan/Danny Thomas story! Cracked me up!!

I'd forgotten all about that, though I do recall hearing about it. It's really mind-boggling, isn't it?

That's why I was SO frustrated to hear all these pundits and voters saying they liked Bush because he seemed like an 'average guy', was 'like them', and a guy they could imagine having a beer with.

For God's sake!! How stupid is that? I don't want the guy two stools down from me at the bar to be leader of the free world!!

I freaking want someone SMARTER and more capable than I am as president! I'd be scared to death if an 'average guy' was president. And as we've seen, it doesn't work out too well.

The notion that Bush is somehow an "average guy" is laughable, as he's a member of the elite of the elite. But he's certainly average when it comes to intellectual capacity. I think that would be hard to argue.

If people continue to vote for someone that they feel is as stupid and ignorant as they are, and to buy the line that someone like Gore or Kerry are "too smart" or "know-it-alls" as was pushed so relentlessly by the press, we'll continue to have morons elected president.

Leave it to Rove to make stupidity and ignorance a virtue and intelligence and knowledge a liability.

 
At 7/22/2006 12:52 PM, Blogger diehard said...

Nico
Who's dumber Bush, or someone that voted for him twice?
This guy has eroded our national sense of pride. Our national sense of self.
Yes it does matter who the president is!
I feel stupid watching these clips, even though I did not vote for him.
Are Americans that gullable? Apparently!!
Talk about dumbing down the United States! George Bush is a disgrace and whoever voted for this idiot should be ashamed.
And then there is our own Gov. Rod Blagoavich that voted for him and Reagen. Some Democrat!!

 
At 7/22/2006 2:03 PM, Blogger nicodemus said...

It brings to mind another story when somebody told Adlai Stevenson that "Every thinking American should vote for you."

And Adlai quipped, "Yes, but it takes a MAJORITY to win."

 
At 7/23/2006 12:39 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Easy there diehard.

I feel your pain, but everyone makes mistakes.

I think Nico may be a recovering Republican, and as such, he deserves our support and encouragement. What's past is past.

"One day at a time", I think the saying goes.

I'm sure Nico feels bad enough already. ;-)

 
At 7/23/2006 12:56 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Nico, your Stevenson quote is classic! ha!

And a perfect example that the funniest humor contains a large dose of truth!

 
At 7/23/2006 2:25 PM, Blogger diehard said...

The problem is that we have a boger-eatin-moron in the Whitehouse and you can't take back your vote!
Sorry, Its no personal, but Americans as a rule need to start paying closer attention to who they vote for.
This guy is not qualified to run for dogcatcher, let alone leader of the free world!
Look, I have had some votes locally that I would like to take back, State Rep, State's Attorney to name a few.
But to elect someone to congress, President etc just because they seem like an average guy?! PuuLeease!

 
At 7/24/2006 10:29 PM, Blogger nicodemus said...

There have been intelligent people who would have made excellent presidents, but just cannot get elected because they are too intellectual and don't have the common touch. Or, like Dick Lugar, he lacks charisma.

The paradox is that while many of us want a president who is a cut above average and an intellectual giant..still, the candidate's tv ads appeal to the mentality of the average guy and Joe Sixpack, so every election cycle, we are treated to the standard soundbites and crap: Candidate X will "create jobs" fight for better health care and make this a better place to work and raise a family." YAWN!

Shallowness and superficiality is considered "message discipline". Forget the complexities of an issue, voters don't get it. Keep it simple and shallow and give'em some bread and circuses too.

I also love hearing how a freshman legislator is going to singlehandedly fight all of the special interests and his own party leadership, like in a Bruce Lee movie..and give us better health care.

Then there are those who seem to think that we will provide all of the services and goodies and vital services that Illinois government needs, including the cost of inflation...without raising the state income tax.

 
At 7/24/2006 10:53 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Well put Nico,
And you've observed what, to me, is probably the single most frustrating aspect to modern politics, the crass "marketing" to the stupidest common denominator.

It's ok if a smart guy employs it and does good work once in office, but the fact is that too many truly stupid and intellectually warped or simply shallow goofs slip into office somehow, usually based on BS negative campaigns or some other chicanery.

This system need to be purged of all the ideological zealots on the right and brought back to some semblance of balance and sanity.

 
At 7/25/2006 10:36 PM, Blogger nicodemus said...

C'mon, Are there no zealots on the Left as well? You gotta admit that both sides have boneheads. Sure I think Pat Robertson is a crackpot, I think Michael Moore is a zealot as well. There are also charlatans like Pat Quinn and Mike Boland who masquerade as "Populists" when it is politically expedient, then turn around and quietly crap on people and accept the same tainted money as everybody else.

Another leftist group that Dems should purge are the hypocritical limo-liberals who want social justice but as long as they are not inconvenienced and non-whites don't move next door. Just today for example, I was at a meeting where a white guy was wearing a t-shirt that said "Democracy is a Verb". But then within minutes he was groaning about having to teach a "roomful of those "African-Americans". But he added that "they DO actually like to learn the history where they are oppressed because they see how it affects them." I'm thinking to myself "Wow, imagine that! They actually like to learn?! (Was he going to next going to tell me that he bribes them with watermelon slices?!")
Of course it was an off-the record conversation among colleages but if this bozo believes in democracy, he needs to practice what he preaches. End of rant.

 
At 7/25/2006 11:44 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Nico,
Of course there are extremists on both sides.

But beyond that, I'd just like to make a few points.

First of all, Michael Moore doesn't spout lunacy while claiming the authority of God.

Secondly, though it's become popular for the right to label Moore a poster boy for extremism or whatever, I challenge you to name examples where he's been that far out of line that many times.

Where has he ever said anything that could even remotely compare to the very popular and MUCH more often seen and heard right wing whack-jobs such as Coulter, Robinson (his own damn network) and the dozens of right wing zealots on the right that populate Fox and other outlets from coast to coast 24/7.

As a matter of fact, when's the last time you've even seen or heard Moore? The only reason he became the object of right wing vilification is that he exposed Bush for what he is. It's a shame more people didn't take him seriously at the time.

And lastly, you should be cautious in using ONE PERSON as somehow representitive of "limosine liberals", whatever the hell that is.

The guy you cite has issues, and they may be legitimate. But that doesn't mean that he's a racist. He IS teaching black kids, after all, something I doubt you'd find many hard core Republicans doing at all. They'd rather sit back and try to cut funding to the school instead or try to enforce religious indoctrination on these kids by a "school choice" scheme.

But one person shouldn't be used to tar an entire group.

Meanwhile, there is an unending string of stories of radicals and ideologues, and fundys who are literally perverting our very form of government.

I think that's a little more serious.

 
At 7/25/2006 11:47 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Nico,
Of course there are extremists on both sides.

But beyond that, I'd just like to make a few points.

First of all, Michael Moore doesn't spout lunacy while claiming the authority of God.

Secondly, though it's become popular for the right to label Moore a poster boy for extremism or whatever, I challenge you to name examples where he's been that far out of line that many times.

Where has he ever said anything that could even remotely compare to the very popular and MUCH more often seen and heard right wing whack-jobs such as Coulter, Robinson (his own damn network) and the dozens of right wing zealots on the right that populate Fox and other outlets from coast to coast 24/7.

As a matter of fact, when's the last time you've even seen or heard Moore? The only reason he became the object of right wing vilification is that he exposed Bush for what he is. It's a shame more people didn't take him seriously at the time.

And lastly, you should be cautious in using ONE PERSON as somehow representitive of "limosine liberals", whatever the hell that is.

The guy you cite has issues, and they may be legitimate. But that doesn't mean that he's a racist. He IS teaching black kids, after all, something I doubt you'd find many hard core Republicans doing at all. They'd rather sit back and try to cut funding to the school instead or try to enforce religious indoctrination on these kids by a "school choice" scheme.

But one person shouldn't be used to tar an entire group.

Meanwhile, there is an unending string of stories of radicals and ideologues, and fundys who are literally perverting our very form of government and whose desires to create their bizarre notion of world order have utterly ignored history, the constitution, morality, and the advice of intelligence professionals to have their little wars, kill thousands of inocents, and screw things up so badly that we're on the brink of a world war.

It makes whining about Moore almost comical.

I think that's a little more serious.

 
At 7/26/2006 6:38 AM, Blogger diehard said...

Nico
Too bad you weren't using some of those brain cells in 2000 and 2004!
Pulling out of Kyoto, United Nations, unending war that has been started by the U.S.
That's Radical!!!!

 
At 7/27/2006 8:13 PM, Blogger maybesomeday said...

Let's not forget Rush "do as I say not as I do" Limbaugh for an extreme right wing nut job way of viewing the world.

 

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