Empty Days

Wednesday, April 14, 2004



Bush on tv

I actually got into watching Bush's news conference tonight. I don't watch such stuff very often. And for me it was perhaps the first time that I took a close look at this president.

Well, it was kinda embarrassing. The man is there, answering questions, and it's obviously very difficult for him because, well, he has a hard time remembering what was in the question :-0

I mean he's only comfortable when he gets to launch into his usual rhetoric (over-rehearsed at this stage) about how he wants to liberate the whole world and provide "security for american freedom of the world", which I believe is an exact quote.

He obviously has a hard time handling details. For a long time I thought it was something his ill-wishers invented about him, but after seeing Bush in action I can't help but acknowledge that, damn, they're right - the guy will buy into any shit you sell him if it's in really simple language and one phrase at a time. It's just not enough to be well-meaning.

I have no idea what to say about Kerry - I haven't seen more than 3 seconds of him in various newscasts here and there. But it wouldn't suprise me if he's as much of a dummy in his own way.

I don't know why this big powerful country gets itself into electing such... well, unimpressive officials. I mean - Dick Cheney is the actual president as far as I can see, because at least he's a real politician with unmistakable brains (even if he's evil, but that's just my opinion).

I think there is too much of a cult of the presidency in USA. If they were a bit less hyped about it, they'd see more clearly who they're putting in charge.

However it's really strange that such very not-bright people are getting to the top in America. It's a huge country - it's impossible there'd be no better choices. There was an interview on "NOW" (PBS) where a wisened guy explained that there is too much rule of big money in the political process at this point. And maybe that explains why an unimpressive but very rich guy like Kerry (who, apparently, is actually richer than Bush himself) gets ahead almost by default, and also why Bush-junior, a son of a rich Bush clan, got ahead in the republican party. If it's not enough of an explanation, I just don't know what is then.

Tony Blair in UK, for all his war-like ideas, looks positively refreshing by comparison.

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Alternative view, from somebody who's seen a lot more of Bush than I did:

In the Q&A, Bush was much more expansive, articulate, and comfortable than he's often been in the past.

:-0





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