President Bush was interviewed on television today … of which snippets were replayed on MSNBC tonight. I happened to catch this exchange:
Questioner: “What are you going to do about the auto industry bailout?”
Pres. Bush: “You’re assuming I’ve made up my mind.”
Switch to Keith [D]Oberman back in the MSNBC studio: “No, that’s assuming Bush has a mind!”
Also today I received the following link from my wife’s cousin in France: http://www.sockandawe.com/
At this site you get to throw shoes at President Bush. Over 44 million shoe hits have occurred (from around the world). Now, isn’t that special?
Both these instances above indicate a galloping lack of civility toward the United States and our current leadership. They display a degree of rabid disrespect and even hatred that I have seldom seen exhibited … except perhaps for our mortal enemies in time of war. This “Bush Derangement Syndrome” is freely displayed by TV commentators/talking heads, in many published venues, by most reporters, and very often in “polite” conversation. It seems that everyone is now vying with John Stewart of the “Daily Report” to out-snide him. As bad as Jimmy Carter was, I don’t recall him ever being excoriated like President Bush. We have now a wood-chipper main stream media which likes to pulverize public figures just for the sport of it. And, if Barack Obama thinks he will be forever immune from their blood lust, then he is more naïve than perspicacious.