The heart of George W Bush is a cold, dark place. If it wasn’t before he took office it was certainly infected with the poisons of greed and the spoils of war and the influence of Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld while he was there.
People tend to forget that those eight years of incompetence were once laughed off as inconceivable. There was absolutely no way a complete buffoon like George w. Bush, especially after the failures of his father just three terms earlier, was ever going to make it to the White House. With his questionable history, obvious lack of qualifications to run a lawnmower nevermind a superpower and the inability to form complete sentences without at least error to infuriate sixth-grade English teachers, the thought of Dubya beating a sitting vice-president was absurd.
How did it happen? The Supreme Court appointed him, of course, after his brother helped him win legal battles to steal Florida from the rightful winner. Still, in order for that to happen, the race had to be pretty damned close. An idiot had to have the kind of appeal to the American people who Al Gore couldn’t muster: the ability to be the guy next door.
Bette Midler, who is becoming well-known for these one and done shots at a**hole politicians, reminds os of how we were fooled and what the results were in a Tweet that is taking social media by storm:
Press convinced us Al Gore was boring. George Bush was the kind of guy you'd like to have a drink w/. Try having that drink in Mosul today.
— Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) May 26, 2016
Indeed. If Mosul is the benchmark of failure for the George W Bush presidency, what will be Donald Trump’s if he’s elected? What city will replace Mosul as Trump’s legacy? It’s more likely that with Trump it will be entire regions of the world. Trump doesn’t come off as the kind of guy you want to have a drink with the way Dubyah did, because really — who wants to sit and listen to someone tell you how great they are while you’re trying to enjoy a Mai Tai?
Anyway…thank you, Miss M, for reminding us how vulnerable we actually are and how easily Americans can be fooled.
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