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September 15, 2005

President What's Next?

If we're going to attack Bush for being childish, not knowing the diplomatic protocol for a pee break is really the least of our worries (incidentally, Bush should've just asked me, as, according to Google, I am the authority on all things bladder-related). I'd be much more concerned with the apparent merging of his ADD and Great Man of History pretensions.

When I was kid, I figured life must be episodic, and if I could just land a job as a hero, I could do something stupendous every week! But, as it turned out, doing great things takes lots of work, meticulous planning, and a fair amount of drudgery. You can't save the world in 30 minutes, rest at the ranch for a fortnight, and return, next Tuesday, for a new installment of My Fantastically Exciting Life. Remaking the world requires you to stay up late.

With Iraq decidedly unsaved, Bush now knows that. But if this is right, it may not matter. What worries me is that he's already extracted his Manichean satisfaction from that confrontation and, now bored by its inexorable descent into sectarian division, is willing to leave the Iraq cliffhanger floating and move onto the next cosmic clash. Little could be more dangerous. One of the requirements for holding the modern American presidency should be the possession of a serious attention span. If you want to engage in the sort of global remodeling that Bush does, it needs to be near inhuman -- they should be able to synthesize Ritalin from your nail clippings. That George seems more interested in knocking down the blocks rather than slowly, carefully, putting them back together is quite scary. That he seems ready to play Godzilla on another set is downright terrifying.

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Remaking the world requires you to stay up late.

Yes, indeed! Ask late-night Bill Clinton, on the phone at all hours during the dark, talking and thinking about the issues of the day. Totally plugged in.

With Iraq decidedly unsaved, Bush now knows that.

I suggest that their is NO evidence that this is the case.

Bush seems even more hermetically sealed in a freezer-quality ziplock bag than ever. The reports on his (un)involvement in the early days of Katrina are just a contination of Iraq. Bush didn't know the Brown had been removed from direct control of Katrina until the press told him so. Bush's public statements (showing ignorance) regarding Iraq sound convincing. If he was informed, who would dare tell him the truth? Rumsfeld? He doesn't know either. Rice? Are you kidding?

Posted by: JimPortlandOR | Sep 15, 2005 1:27:30 PM

Why couldn't Bush just go in his suit? Alan Shepard did.

Posted by: Matt | Sep 15, 2005 2:50:20 PM

The President hasn't forgotten about Iraq. Afterall, he thinks about it every day.

Posted by: Ben | Sep 15, 2005 3:07:33 PM

Very true, Ezra. I get *really* nervous when Bush's trigger finger starts itching. And he's obviously so bored at the moment that I'm worried he's ready to smack down another country just to see the looks on their faces.

Posted by: Paul the Spud | Sep 15, 2005 5:13:58 PM

"They should be able to synthesize Ritalin from your nail clippings."

*Anal retentiveness alert*

Doesn't Ritalin act like speed on the adult brain (as opposed to the pre-pubescent brain, where it has a calming effect)? I would think that would contribute to a short attention span, rather than help alleviate it.

Since I'm not sure of this, and genuinely curious, I should have probably just googled it. But hey, I'm this far now, and that "post" button is just so damned close. My apologies to everyone for having read this far. I'll go now.

Posted by: Ian Knox | Sep 15, 2005 6:50:20 PM

Not "for having read", but "who has read". I blame the ritalin.

Posted by: Ian Knox | Sep 15, 2005 6:51:39 PM

I guess if your entire job description is
"inspirational leader" you never worry about implementation. That is the job of the followers after you have made the big decisions.

Bush has already moved on from Iraq and Katrina and what we are watching are the early phases of the next campaign. Like the national elimination of the minimum wage and affirmative action, for example. And regime change in Iraq. And even those are not goals, but tools.

Politics never stops.

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Posted by: ginny | Jun 12, 2007 3:53:05 AM

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Posted by: leen | Oct 4, 2007 9:11:04 PM

My mind is like a fog, not that it matters. I just don't have much to say these days. That's how it is. I haven't been up to anything recently.

Posted by: ann | Oct 10, 2007 7:01:42 AM

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