The Petulant Child In Chief

30 November, 2006, Thursday

From AMERICAblog:

“At a recent White House reception for freshman members of Congress, Virginia’s newest senator tried to avoid President Bush. Democrat James Webb declined to stand in a presidential receiving line or to have his picture taken with the man he had often criticized on the stump this fall. But it wasn’t long before Bush found him.

“How’s your boy?” Bush asked, referring to Webb’s son, a Marine serving in Iraq.

“I’d like to get them out of Iraq, Mr. President,” Webb responded, echoing a campaign theme.

“That’s not what I asked you,” Bush said. “How’s your boy?” 

“That’s between me and my boy, Mr. President,” Webb said coldly, ending the conversation on the State Floor of the East Wing of the White house…” 

It’s mind-boggling to consider that this is a conversation with the Leader of the Free World.   But then, ah yes, you remember that that leader is George W. Bush and it all makes sad, sad oh-woe-is-us sense.

“That’s not what I asked you.”    Wow.   

That little sentence speaks volumes about the man:  a coddled, rich brat who has been told “no” so few times in his life, that when someone comes along who doesn’t play his way, he puffs himself up, grinds his heels in, and doesn’t budge.

Can you imagine what a whiney little bitch he is when he loses at board games?    Does he pout, I wonder?  Fume and rant?   Hold his breath?   It’s got to be one ugly scene.  

A good president, one skilled in diplomacy, tact, and basic English,  would have had an innate understanding of how to have handled that moment in the White House.  

Jim Webb is the parent of a soldier who’s currently on the battlefield.    And out of sheer respect for that alone, his mild protest –a simple sincere wish for his son to come home– should have been indulged and allowed to remain unchallenged. 

But Bush can’t do that.   He gets pushed, even the slightest, he must push back.   Even if it’s the father of one of the troops that he claims to respect and honour. 

The expression “Choose your battles wisely” comes to mind, but  well, again, look who we’re talking about.     There just ain’t a lot of wisdom to be squeezed out of that turnip.    And we are going to pay bitterly for it. 

“I hope our wisdom will grow with our power, and teach us, that the less we use our power the greater it will be.” — Thomas Jefferson



  1. Reminds me of the famous scene with Bush Senior and Dan Rather, where Bush had a hissy fit because he was asked a question that wasn’t on the agreed agenda. Even worse, people gave Bush kudos for “standing up to” a reporter for God’s sake! My God, a president is going to be asked very difficult questions whether he likes it or not, it’s his job to answer them, not whine if he doesn’t like the question. And I agree with you about his son, he’s even worse, it’s frightening to me how petulant and immature Bush Jr. acts when his handlers let go of him for a moment. Also scary how so many people are still enthralled by a man with few if any apparent genuine leadership skills. IMHO


  2. What is scariest about Bush (to me) is that about 1/3 of the people still support the joker. What do they see in him? (I don’t expect you to answer that.)

  3. I hate bush!

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