December 9, 2006

"Don't sass me. I am the Commander in Chief, dammit!"

Surprise, surprise. Bush is hesitant to change policy in Iraq even though his own family friend (and Baker would not be doing this without the approval of Daddy Bush) says that Iraq is a mess and getting worse.

What I love about this guy is his constant desire to compare himself to historically great Presidents. Remember earlier this year, he was "reading" a book on Lincoln and discovered (because he reads badly) that the Second Great Awakening occurred during Lincoln's administration. Not really about Lincoln or the Second GA, but merely a way to get GWB and Abe in the same sentence, though I suspect that Abe would not have done that.

Now, he wants to compare himself to Truman. "See, he was unpopular too, but now he is liked." Sigh. Yeah, right. You are EXACTLY like our great presidents except for the "exactly" and the "great." More like a Polk or Harding. Actually a lot like Polk.

McClatchy Washington Bureau | 12/08/2006 | Democrats frustrated by Bush's reaction to Iraq report: "Instead, Bush began his talk by comparing himself to President Harry S Truman, who launched the Truman Doctrine to fight communism, got bogged down in the Korean War and left office unpopular.

Bush said that 'in years to come they realized he was right and then his doctrine became the standard for America,' recalled Senate Majority Whip-elect Richard Durbin, D-Ill. 'He's trying to position himself in history and to justify those who continue to stand by him, saying sometimes if you're right you're unpopular, and be prepared for criticism.'

Durbin said he challenged Bush's analogy, reminding him that Truman had the NATO alliance behind him and negotiated with his enemies at the United Nations. Durbin said that's what the Iraq Study Group is recommending that Bush do now - work more with allies and negotiate with adversaries on Iraq.

Bush, Durbin said, 'reacted very strongly. He got very animated in his response' and emphasized that he is 'the commander in chief.'"


volfan007 said...

no matter what you do....when you are a leader.....there will always be those who are happy with you, and there will always be those who dont like you.

there's always a lot of arm chair quarterbacks saying what the qb and the coach ought to do.

God bless our president and other leaders. Help them to keep us free.


Streak said...

Who will protect us from him?

Oh, and historians get to be armchair quarterbacks. It is what we are paid to do. Not well, mind you, but some money does change hands.

But good quarterbacks and coaches listen to other people. They receive criticism.

Ah, what the hell am I doing here? Look at who I am arguing with.

Anonymous said...

Are we more or less free under this administration?

Streak said...

Well, except for the War on Christmas....

volfan007 said...

i am free to worship the Lord in my church on sunday without the fear of govt. coming in and shutting us down. you and i are free to say what we think on a blog without fear of the govt. arresting you for saying something that's not pc. we are free to be college history prof's or pastors or dog catchers....if thats what we want to do and are willing to work at it.

thank You, God, for the freedoms we enjoy. bless the President and congress and the supreme court, and give them the wisdom to keep us free and safe. in Jesus name, amen. oh yeah, bless streak too.


ubub said...

Yeah, Anglican, we are free under this administration, more or less. Some restrictions apply, offer void where prohibited. See Free Speech Zones and The USA Patriot Act for details.

God bless us, every one.

Anonymous said...

Nice Tiny Tim reference there!

I'll be right back after I get through this airport checkpoint. At least I hope so. If not, cc: me at Gitmo. My lawyer will get me the message.

Wait a minute.

/plays Lee Greenwood, cuz at least I know I'm free