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Is this a record
to be proud of ?
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Clinton had questionable
overnight guests
in the Lincoln bedroom.

now, there's an imposter
in the oval office,
who has twice
cheated his way,
into the presidency !

Bushdummy

If there is a God, do you imagine
that he is fooled by

Jesus vs. Bush

George W. Bush

claiming that

his role model

is Jesus Christ ?

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No one who relies on the so-called "Liberal media" has even gotten an inkling of it, but in October of 2005 the unimpeachable Government Accountability Office issued a report that the presidential election of 2004 was stollen and John F. Kerry should be the current President of the U.S. of A. See the 107 page G.A.O. report or a summary at FreePress.org/departments/display/19/2005/1529



George W. Bush began his second term with his plan to at least partially "privatize" Social Security.  When that terminology didn't go over very well, his people ran away from the term, but not the plan. After presenting his prepared statement in a "town hall meeting" at Tampa, Florida's Convention Center, on 4 February 2005, an unidentified woman in the audience whom he had failed to persuade asked, 'I don't really understand. How would your new plan fix the problem?'
        George Bush's response, word for word, (as confirmed by Snopes.com) was:

    "Because the – all which is on the table begins to address the big cost drivers. For example, how benefits are calculated, for example, is on the table. Whether or not benefits rise based upon wage increases or price increases. There's a series of parts of the formula that are being considered. And when you couple that, those different cost drivers, affecting those – changing those with personal accounts, the idea is to get what has been promised more likely to be – or closer delivered to that has been promised. Does that make any sense to you? It's kind of muddled. Look, there's a series of things that cause the – like, for example, benefits are calculated based upon the increase of wages, as opposed to the increase of prices. Some have suggested that we calculate – the benefits will rise based upon inflation, supposed to wage increases. There is a reform that would help solve the red if that were put into effect. In other words, how fast benefits grow, how fast the promised benefits grow, if those – if that growth is affected, it will help on the red."

  • Doesn't that make you want to entrust the "reform" of Medicare, in addition to the "reform" of Social Security, to this man?
  • Doesn't that make you want to entrust the "reform" of Education to this man?
  • Doesn't that make you want to entrust "tort reform" of Judicial Law to this man?
  • Doesn't that make you want to entrust the "security" of America to this man?
  • Doesn't that make you want to entrust the emergency management of natural and/or man made disasters to this man?
  • Doesn't that make you feel confident that if there is a world-wide epidemic that you or your loved ones won't be among the millions that could die in that epidemic?
  • Doesn't that make you feel confident that the phenomenal budget deficit that this man has already saddled our country with wont cause a collapse of our economy?


        After five years of defending Bush, the Los Angeles Conservative KABC Talk Show host, Doug McIntyre has concluded that "George W. Bush is the worst two-term President in the history of the country."

        "The problems that exist in the world today cannot be solved by the level of thinking that created them." – Albert Einstein –
        "When I was a boy I was told that anybody could become President; I'm beginning to believe it." – Clarence Darrow –

{ Isaiah 32: 5-6 } prophesied that there would come a day when  

"Wealthy cheaters will not be spoken of as generous, outstanding men!   Everyone will recognize an evil man when he sees him,  and hypocrites will fool no one at all.  Their lies about God and their cheating of the hungry will be plain for all to see.  The smooth tricks of evil men will be exposed, as will all the lies they use to oppress the poor in the courts.  But good men will be generous to others and will be blessed of God for all they do."

This is what
the "Grand Old"
Republican Party
considers
"leadership" :

 


For a man who has cultivated such a reputation for being "religious", it's amazing how rarely George W. Bush actually goes to church :

Empty Pew,  by Amy Sullivan

The following exchange was witnessed by a tour group at the Governor's mansion and has been recounted by multiple sources, including Lucius Lomas of The Texas Observer.  John M. Swomley, a professor emeritus of Social Ethics at St. Paul School of Theology, and a writer for The Humanist, is the source of this version :

"An aide abruptly appeared with papers he held out to then-Governor Dubya.  'It's the death warrants to sign, Governor.  There are two executions scheduled for tonight.'
      Absent-mindedly, the Governor took the offered pen.  But in mid-signature he lifted his hand.  He looked hard at his aide.
      "They're not white are they?'
      The aide flashed a nervous smile.  'Governor, would we do that to you?' he asked.
      'It's not a woman either, is it? I'm not executing any more damn women.  That last one was getting telegrams from as far away as Bolivia,' Bush complained.  'What the damn Bolivians or anyone else in Europe know about law and order in Texas I can't imagine.'
      The aide reassured him, 'Both prisoners are male, Governor.  One's black and one's Hispanic.  Nothing out of the ordinary.'
      Pacified, Bush nodded.  'That's okay then,' he said.  In an instant the aide retrieved the signed warrants and was gone."

United Methodist Bishop Joe A. Wilson of Fort Worth, Texas, who along with other clergy in the region made a public stand against the death penalty in the Lone Star State after Dubya refused to call off the execution of that "woman"—Karla Faye Tucker—issued a public letter to his fellow Methodist in February of last year, pleading with the Texas governor for a moratorium on capital punishment.  (Because of the significant number of wrongful prosecutions, Illinois Gov. George Ryan had recently taken the unprecedented step of putting all executions on hold pending a review of the death-penalty system, which he said was "fraught with error.")
        "I continue to be dismayed by the number of executions being performed in the state of Texas," Bishop Wilson wrote to Dubya.  "As a United Methodist, I hope you will consider seriously the stand of your church on the death penalty.  Since 1972, the United Methodist Church has been opposed to capital punishment and has urged its elimination from all criminal codes.
        "My intent as an episcopal leader of your church, is to appeal to your sense of fair justice and Christian conscience ." With that, Wilson urged Dubya to "please put a moratorium on the executions in the state of Texas.  Something much more is at stake than political positioning.  Human life, which only God has created and has the right to end, is the primary issue.  I believe that the use of the death penalty by the state will increase the acceptance of revenge in our society and will give official sanction to a climate of violence."
        Bishop Wilson didn't even receive the courtesy of a response from Dubya.  "The attitude in Texas is 'kill 'em,' " the Methodist leader reluctantly admitted.  "That attitude is hard to overcome."
        See a beautiful site comparing George W. Bush and Karla Faye Tucker :

www.geocities.com/RainForest/Canopy/2525/karlamain.html

Bush proclaimed "Jesus Day"

While recommending in public that the Texans should act on the teaching and example of Jesus Christ, Governor George Bush was doing the very opposite in his state legislature.  While recommending that people help the poor, he was persuading his state to refuse $ 2,000,000,000 (billion) in Federal money being offered to pay for CHIPS, the program to insure the children of working people who didn't have health benefits for their children, because Texas would have had to pay the other 3rd of the funds needed, so 500,000 kids in his state were denied health care coverage !  How many of those children were offered health care coverage by private citizens of their state?  And how many mothers, faced with having children who would have no health care coverage, decided instead to abort???  See LiberalsLikeChrist.Org/abortionrates.html.



Proverbs 6 : 16-19  

"There are six things that the Lord hates, seven that are an abomination to him:  haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that hurry to run to evil, a lying witness who testifies falsely, and one who sows discord in a family."

"A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious.  But it cannot survive treason from within.  An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banners openly.
        But the traitor moves among those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the galleys, heard in the very hall of government itself.
        For the traitor appears not a traitor. . .  He speaks in the accents familiar to his victims, and wears their face and their garment, and he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men.
        He rots the soul of a nation. . .  he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of a city. . .  he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist.  A murderer is less to be feared."

– Cicero, regarding traitors, 42 BC.

A great NPR Commentary,

by Peter Freundlich (3/13/03)

"Thinking Unthinkable Thoughts"
Theologian Charges
White House Complicity in 9/11 Attack

George W. Bush, at the public signing of his education legislation on Jan. 11, 2002:
        "I wish you could have seen the piece of legislation.  It's really tall.  And I admit, I haven't read it yet.  (Laughter.)  You'll be happy to hear I don't intend to.  (Laughter.)  But I know the principles behind the bill, and I want to describe some of them to you."


  • The site http://www.futureofthebook.com/stories/storyReader$605 establishes that the correct version of the quote attributed to Ben Franklin is not
    "Any society that would (or "that can") give up a little liberty to gain (or "obtain") a little security will deserve neither and lose both."  but
  • "Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." – (from the cover of a book published, but not actually written, by Benjamin Franklin).
  • "Liberty cannot be preserved without a general knowledge among the people, who have a right and a desire to know; but besides this, they have a right, an indisputable, unalienable, indefeasible (i.e. irreversible), divine right to know that most dreaded and envied kind of knowledge, I mean of the characters and conduct of their rulers."
    - President John Adams
  • "If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, it expects what never was and never will be."
    – Thomas Jefferson
  • "The World is not dangerous because of those who do harm but because of those who look at it without doing anything."
    - Scientist Albert Einstein
  • "Of all the enemies to public liberty, war is, perhaps, the most to be dreaded because it comprises and develops the germ of every other.  War is the parent of armies; from these proceed debts and taxes.  And armies, and debts, and taxes are the known instruments for bringing the many under the domination of the few.
  •     " In war, too, the discretionary power of the Executive is extended.  Its influence in dealing out offices, honors and emoluments is multiplied; and all the means of seducing the minds, are added to those of subduing the force of the people.  The same malignant aspect in republicanism may be traced in the inequality of fortunes, and the opportunities of fraud, growing out of a state of war and in the degeneracy of manners and morals, engendered by both.  No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare."-
    James Madison, 4th president of the United States – 1795
  • "To announce that there must be no criticism of the president, or that we are to stand by the president right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public."
    – Theodore Roosevelt
  • "Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power."
    ~Abraham Lincoln
    Are you nuts?
    [ used with permission of www.HilltopDesign.com ]
  • "Why of course the people don't want war . . .  But after all it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship . . .  Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders.  That is easy.  All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger."
    Hermann Goering,  Nazi leader, at the Nuremberg Trials after World War II.
  • "The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie.  It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth becomes the greatest enemy of the state."
    (Dr. Joseph M. Goebbels)

" Patriotism means to stand by the country.  It does not mean to stand by the president or any other public official save exactly to the degree in which he himself stands by the country.  It is patriotic to support him insofar as he efficiently serves the country.  It is unpatriotic not to oppose him to the exact extent that by inefficiency or otherwise he fails in his duty to stand by the country."
        – President Theodore Roosevelt, 1908


Are you nuts?
[ used with permission of www.HilltopDesign.com ]

Apparently the following has been falsely attributed to Josef Stalin.
( I wish I could claim credit for it myself : )
"Those who cast the votes decide nothing.
Those who count the votes decide everything."

        A most profound and prophetic Supreme Court pronouncement :
        ( in ruling that Abraham Lincoln had violated the Constitution by subjecting Confederate sympathizers to military tribunals :)

". . .  [Our constitution] foresaw that troublous times would arise, when rulers and people would become restive under restraint and seek by sharp and decisive measures to accomplish ends deemed just and proper; and that the principles of constitutional liberty would be in peril, unless established by irrepealable law" . . .
        "This nation . . . has no right to expect that it always will have wise and humane rulers, sincerely attached to the principles of the Constitution.  Wicked men, ambitious of power, with hatred of liberty and contempt of law, may fill the place once occupied by Washington and Lincoln; and if this right [to suspend provisions of the Constitution during the great exigencies of government] is conceded, and the calamities of war again befall us, the dangers to human liberty are frightful to contemplate."

        For the complete article, written by Alan Dershowitz, "Assault on Liberty", go to: http://www.truthout.com/11.24 C. Dershowitz.VV.htm

Letter to President Bush from Former U.S. Diplomats
By Former U.S. Diplomats
April 30, 2004
Document Location:
www.miftah.org/display.cfm?DocId=3639
President George W. Bush
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave, NW
Washington, DC
Dear Mr. President:

We former U.S. diplomats applaud our 52 British colleagues who recently sent a letter to Prime Minister Tony Blair criticizing his Middle East policy and calling on Britain to exert more influence over the United States.  As retired foreign service officers we care deeply about our nation's foreign policy and U.S. credibility in the world.
We also are deeply concerned by your April 14 endorsement of Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's unilateral plan to reject the rights of three million Palestinians, to deny the right of refugees to return to their homeland, and to retain five large illegal settlement blocs in the occupied West Bank.  This plan defies U.N. Security Council resolutions calling for Israel's return of occupied territories.  It ignores international laws declaring Israeli settlements illegal.  It flouts U.N. Resolution 194, passed in 1948, which affirms the right of refugees to return to their homes or receive compensation for the loss of their property and assistance in resettling in a host country should they choose to do so.  And it undermines the Road Map for peace drawn up by the Quartet, including the U.S.  Finally, it reverses longstanding American policy in the Middle East.
Your meeting with Sharon followed a series of intensive negotiating sessions between Israelis and Americans, but which left out Palestinians.  In fact, you and Prime Minister Sharon consistently have excluded Palestinians from peace negotiations.  Former Palestinian Information Minister Yasser Abed Rabbo voiced the overwhelming reaction of people around the world when he said, "I believe President Bush declared the death of the peace process today."
By closing the door to negotiations with Palestinians and the possibility of a Palestinian state, you have proved that the United States is not an even-handed peace partner.  You have placed U.S. diplomats, civilians and military doing their jobs overseas in an untenable and even dangerous position.
Your unqualified support of Sharon's extra-judicial assassinations, Israel's Berlin Wall-like barrier, its harsh military measures in occupied territories, and now your endorsement of Sharon's unilateral plan are costing our country its credibility, prestige and friends.
It is not too late to reassert American principles of justice and fairness in our relations with all the peoples of the Middle East.  Support negotiations between Palestinians and Israelis, with the United States serving as a truly honest broker.  A return to the time-honored American tradition of fairness will reverse the present tide of ill will in Europe and the Middle East-even in Iraq.  Because the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is at the core of the problems in the Middle East, the entire region-and the world-will rejoice along with Israelis and Palestinians when the killing stops and peace is attained.
Sincerely,

  1. Andrew I. Killgore, Ambassador to Qatar, 1977-1980.
  2. Richard H. Curtiss, former chief inspector, U.S. Information Agency.
  3. Colbert C. Held, Retired FSO and author.
  4. Thomas J. Carolan, Counsel General Istanbul, '88-'92.
  5. C. Edward Bernier, Counselor of Embassy, Information and Culture, Islamabad, Pakistan.
  6. Donald A. Kruse, American Consul in Jerusalem.
  7. Ambassador Edward L. Peck, former Chief of Mission in Iraq and Mauritania.
  8. John Powell, Admin Counselor in Beirut, '75-'76.
  9. John Gunther Dean, last position held U.S. Ambassador to India.
  10. Greg Thielmann, Director, Office for Strategic Proliferation Military.
  11. Affairs, Bureau of Intelligence and Research.
  12. James Akins, Ambassador to Saudi Arabia.
  13. Talcott Seeyle, Ambassador to Syria.
  14. Eugene Bird, Counselor of Embassy in Saudi Arabia.
  15. Richard H. Nolte, Ambassador to Egypt.
  16. Ray Close, Chief of Station Jeddah, Saudi Arabia 1971-1979.
  17. Shirl McArthur, Commercial Attache, Bangkok.

1300 History Professors urge Congress
to exercise its exclusive responsibility
to declare war for the people of this country:
http://hnn.us/articles/905.html#signers


This is what (now 673) of those who know election laws BEST
think of the legitimacy of Dubya's Presidency :



Congressional Report on 237 "misleading statements"
made by the Bush administration about its Iraq War
:
Summary of the findings:

Number of Misleading Statements.

The Iraq on the Record database contains 237 misleading statements about the threat posed by Iraq that were made by President Bush, Vice President Cheney, Secretary Rumsfeld, Secretary Powell, and National Security Advisor Rice. These statements were made in 125 separate appearances, consisting of 40 speeches, 26 press conferences and briefings, 53 interviews, 4 written statements, and 2 congressional testimonies. Most of the statements in the database were misleading because they expressed certainty where none existed or failed to acknowledge the doubts of intelligence officials. Ten of the statements were simply false.
Timing of the Statements.
        The statements began at least a year before the commencement of hostilities in Iraq, when Vice President Cheney stated on March 17, 2002: “We know they have biological and chemical weapons.” The Administration’s misleading statements continued through January 22, 2004, when Vice President Cheney insisted: “there’s overwhelming evidence that there was a connection between al-Qaeda and the Iraqi government.” Most of the misleading statements about Iraq — 161 statements — were made prior to the start of the war. But 76 misleading statements were made by the five Administration officials after the start of the war to justify the decision to go to war.
        The 30-day period with the greatest number of misleading statements was the period before the congressional vote on the Iraq war resolution. Congress voted on the measure on October 10 and October 11, 2002. From September 8 through October 8, 2002, the five officials made 64 misleading statements in 16 public appearances. A large number of misleading statements were also made during the two months before the war began. Between January 19 and March 19, 2003, the five officials made 48 misleading statements in 26 public appearances.
Topics of the Statements.
        The 237 misleading statements can be divided into four categories. The five officials made 11 statements that claimed that Iraq posed an urgent threat; 81 statements that exaggerated Iraq’s nuclear activities; 84 statements that overstated Iraq’s chemical and biological weapons capabilities; and 61 statements that misrepresented Iraq’s ties to al Qaeda.
Statements by President Bush. Between September 12, 2002, and July 17, 2003, President Bush made 55 misleading statements about the threat posed by Iraq in 27 separate public appearances. On October 7, 2002, three days before the congressional votes on the Iraqi war resolution, President Bush gave a speech in Cincinnati, Ohio, with 11 misleading statements, the most by any of the five officials in a single appearance.
        Some of the misleading statements by President Bush include his statement in the January 28, 2003, State of the Union address that “the British government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa”; his statement on October 2, 2002, that “the Iraqi regime is a threat of unique urgency”; and his statement on May 1, 2003, that “the liberation of Iraq . . . removed an ally of al Qaeda.”

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Read more about these Legal Authorities.

And check out George W. Bush's skeleton closet

  • Robert Bork, the ultra-Conservative legal scholar whom Ronald Reagan tried to appoint to the U.S. Supreme Court has said that George W. Bush makes Dan Quale look brilliant. 

    How can people say such things about George W.?
    Here's why, in George W's own words :

    1. "It's your money.  You paid for it."-LaCrosse, Wis., Oct. 18, 2000
    2. "I don't want nations feeling like that they can bully ourselves and our allies.  I want to have a ballistic defense system so that we can make the world more peaceful, and at the same time I want to reduce our own nuclear capacities to the level commiserate with keeping the peace."-Des Moines, Iowa, Oct. 23, 2000
    3. ( On the Lewinsky scandal,) "That's a chapter, the last chapter of the 20th, 20th, the 21st century that most of us would rather forget.  The last chapter of the 20th century.  This is the first chapter of the 21st century."  Arlington Heights, Ill., Oct. 24, 2000
    4. "It's important for us to explain to our nation that life is important.  It's not only life of babies, but it's life of children living in, you know, the dark dungeons of the Internet."-Arlington Heights, Ill., Oct. 24, 2000
    5. "Rarely is the question asked: Is our children learning?" Florence, S.C., Jan. 11, 2000
    6. "We want our teachers to be trained so they can meet the obligations, their obligations as teachers.  We want them to know how to teach the science of reading.  In order to make sure there's not this kind of federal cufflink." Fritsche Middle School, Milwaukee, Mar 30, 2000
    7. "It's clearly a budget.  It's got a lot of numbers in it." Reuters, May 5, 2000
    8. "I think we agree, the past is over." On his meeting with John McCain, Dallas Morning News, May 10, 2000
    9. "Laura and I really don't realize how bright our children is sometimes until we get an objective analysis." Meet the Press, April 15, 2000
    10. "There needs to be debates, like we're going through.  There needs to be town hall meetings.  There needs to be travel.  This is a huge country." Larry King Live, Dec. 16, 1999
    11. "Actually, I -this may sound a little West Texan to you, but I like it.  When I'm talking about – when I'm talking about myself, and when he's talking about myself, all of us are talking about me."  Hardball, MSNBC, May 31, 2000
    12. "I was raised in the West.  The west of Texas.  It's pretty close to California.  In more ways than Washington, D.C., is close to California." Los Angeles Times, April 8, 2000
    13. "The fact that he relies on facts – says things that are not factual – are going to undermine his campaign." New York Times, March 4, 2000
    14. "It is not Reaganesque to support a tax plan that is Clinton in nature." Los Angeles, Feb. 23, 2000
    15. "I understand small business growth.  I was one." New York Daily News, Feb. 19, 2000
    16. "The senator has got to understand if he's going to have he can't have it both ways.  He can't take the high horse and then claim the low road."  To reporters in Florence, SC, Feb. 17, 2000
    17. "If you're sick and tired of the politics of cynicism and polls and principles, come and join this campaign."  Hilton Head SC Feb 16, 2000
    18. "How do you know if you don't measure if you have a system that simply suckles kids through?" Explaining the need for educational accountability, Beaufort, S.C., Feb. 16, 2000
    19. "We ought to make the pie higher." South Carolina Republican Debate, Feb. 15, 2000
    20. "I've changed my style somewhat, as you know.  I'm less I pontificate less, although it may be hard to tell it from this show. And I'm more interacting with people." Meet The Press, Feb 13, 2000
    21. "If this were a dictatorship, it'd be a heck of a lot easier, just so long as I'm the dictator." Feb 18, 2001
    22. "Will the highways on the Internet become more few?" Concord, N.H., Jan. 29, 2000.
    23. "This is Preservation Month.  I appreciate preservation. It's what you do when you run for president.  You gotta preserve." Speaking during Perseverance Month" at Fairgrounds Elementary School Nashua, N.H.  As quoted in Los Angeles Times, Jan. 28, 2000.
    24. "I know how hard it is for you to put food on your family." Greater Nashua NH Chamber of Commerce Jan. 27, 2000.
    25. "This is still a dangerous world.  It's a world of madmen and uncertainty and potential mental losses." At a South Carolina oyster roast, as quoted in the Financial Times, Jan. 14, 2000.
    26. "We must all hear the universal call to like your neighbor just like you like to be liked yourself." At a South Carolina oyster roast, as quoted in the Financial Times, Jan. 14, 2000.
    27. "Keep good relations with the Grecians." Quoted in the Economist, June 12, 1999
    28. "The important question is, How many hands have I shaked?" Answering a question about why he hasn't spent more time in New Hampshire, In the New York Times, Oct. 23, 1999
    29. "More and more of our imports are coming from overseas". Washington Post October 1, 2000.
    30. and lastly. . .  "I think anybody who doesn't think I'm smart enough to handle the job is underestimating."  U.S. News & World Report, April 3, 2000.

    Bush anything but moronic, according to author
    Dark Overtones in His Malapropisms

    by Murray Whyte, published Nov. 28, 2002 by the Toronto Star

    When Mark Crispin Miller first set out to write Dyslexicon: Observations on a National Disorder, about the ever-growing catalogue of President George W. Bush's verbal gaffes, he meant it for a laugh.  But what he came to realize wasn't entirely amusing.
           Since the 2000 presidential campaign, Miller has been compiling his own collection of Bush-isms, which have revealed, he says, a disquieting truth about what lurks behind the cock-eyed leer of the leader of the free world.  He's not a moron at all – on that point, Miller and Prime Minister Jean Chrétien agree.
           But according to Miller, he's no friend.
           "I did initially intend it to be a funny book.  But that was before I had a chance to read through all the transcripts," Miller, an American author and a professor of culture and communication at New York University, said recently in Toronto.
           "Bush is not an imbecile.  He's not a puppet.  I think that Bush is a sociopathic personality.  I think he's incapable of empathy.  He has an inordinate sense of his own entitlement, and he's a very skilled manipulator.  And in all the snickering about his alleged idiocy, this is what a lot of people miss."
            Miller's judgment, that the president might suffer from a bona fide personality disorder, almost makes one long for the less menacing notion currently making the rounds: that the White House's current occupant is, in fact, simply an idiot.
           If only.  Miller's rendering of the president is bleaker than that. In studying Bush's various adventures in oration, he started to see a pattern emerging.
           "He has no trouble speaking off the cuff when he's speaking punitively, when he's talking about violence, when he's talking about revenge.
           "When he struts and thumps his chest, his syntax and grammar are fine," Miller said. "It's only when he leaps into the wild blue yonder of compassion, or idealism, or altruism, that he makes these hilarious mistakes."
            While Miller's book has been praised for its "eloquence" and "playful use of language,"  it has enraged Bush supporters. Bush's ascent in the eyes of many Americans – his approval rating hovers at near 80 percent – was the direct result of tough talk following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.  In those speeches, Bush stumbled not at all; his language of retribution was clear. It was a sharp contrast to the pre-9/11 George W. Bush.  Even before the Supreme Court in 2001 had to intervene and rule on recounts in Florida after a contentious presidential election, a corps of journalists were salivating at the prospect: a bafflingly inarticulate man in a position of power not seen since vice-president Dan Quayle rode shotgun on George H.W. Bush's one term in office.
           But equating Bush's malapropisms with Quayle's inability to spell "potato" is a dangerous assumption, Miller says. At a public address in Nashville, Tenn., in September, Bush provided one of his most memorable stumbles.  Trying to give strength to his case that Saddam Hussein had already deceived the West concerning his store of weapons, Bush was scripted to offer an old saying: "Fool me once, shame on you.  Fool me twice, shame on me."  What came out was the following:  "Fool me once, shame on. . .  shame on you.  Er, fool. . . Uh, can't get fooled again."
            Played for laughs everywhere, Miller saw a darkness underlying the gaffe.  "There's an episode of Happy Days, where The Fonz has to say, `I'm sorry' and can't do it.  Same thing," Miller said.
           "What's revealing about this is that Bush could not say, `Shame on me' to save his life.  That's a completely alien idea to him. This is a guy who is absolutely proud of his own inflexibility and rectitude."
            If what Miller says is true – and it would take more than just observations to prove it – then Bush has achieved an astounding goal. By stumbling blithely along, he has been able to push his image as "just folks" – a normal guy who screws up just like the rest of us.
           This, in fact, is a central cog in his image-making machine, Miller says: Portraying the wealthy scion of one of America's most powerful families as a regular, imperfect Joe. But the depiction, Miller says, is also remarkable for what it hides – imperfect, yes, but also detached, wealthy and unable to identify with the "folks" he's been designed to appeal to. An example, Miller says, surfaced early in his presidential tenure. "I know how hard it is to put food on your family,"
           Bush was quoted as saying.  "That wasn't because he's so stupid that he doesn't know how to say, `Put food on your family's table' – it's because he doesn't care about people who can't put food on the table," Miller says.
           So, when Bush is envisioning "a foreign-handed foreign policy," or observes on some point that "it's not the way that America is all about," Miller contends it's because he can't keep his focus on things that mean nothing to him. "When he tries to talk about what this country stands for, or about democracy, he can't do it," he said.
           This, then, is why he's so closely watched by his handlers, Miller says – not because he'll say something stupid, but because he'll overindulge in the language of violence and punishment at which he excels.
           "He's a very angry guy, a hostile guy.  He's much like Nixon. So they're very, very careful to choreograph every move he makes. They don't want him anywhere near protestors, because he would lose his temper."
            Miller, without question, is a man with a mission – and laughter isn't it. "I call him the feel bad president, because he's all about punishment and death," he said.  "It would be a grave mistake to just play him for laughs."
            Toronto Star Newspapers Limited



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