Cheap shots

Mr. Bush says, “We are a nation at war” because he is a man of war, not an example of peace. He says, “I don’t do nuance.” He may not, but he does do nonsense, lots of it, to our moral detriment. His entire demeanor reflects that perspective, or lack thereof, as was evidenced at a recent media spin described by David Corn in The Nation1 Mr. Corn was commenting on a skit Mr. Bush presented, at the Radio and Television Correspondents’ Association Dinner, held in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, March 24. Mr. Corn’s comments, along with John Harwood’s, were made during the weekly round table discussion of the news, on the NPR program, The Diane Rehm Show Friday, March 26.

During the Association dinner, Mr. Corn said Mr. Bush presented a humorous slideshow, typical of the event, poking fun at himself and others in a night of non-partisan, non-bickering laughter. But then the mood changed as Mr. Corn relates, when Mr. Bush started showing slides of himself looking for “those” WMDs around the Oval Office. John Harwood of the Wall Street Journal said Mr. Bush’s antics may have been a “political error,” adding that castigating him for WMD jokes was “a bit of a cheap shot,” given that many on both sides of the aisle have joked about them. Mr. Harwood finished with a final characterization of this faux pas by Mr. Bush as “not the most grievous sin for him.”

I agree with John Harwood. This event was not a political error for the president; it was a typical error of his and his presidency. Further, it is unfair to take advantage of Mr. Bush within the context of this event, because what Mr. Bush said was not “a bit of a cheap shot,” it was a colossal cheap shot on his part. And finally, Mr. Bush’s comments certainly were not the most grievous sin. No, indeed, the most grievous sin for Mr. Bush, and the U.S., is the mere fact of his presence in the White House; a mortal sin if there ever was one, to the men and women who’ve paid with their lives for his lack of character and consistent poor judgment in office.

Mr. Bush did nothing more than impeach the dignity of these men and women, and short-change them from the respect and dignity they deserve far more than himself. Americans should be outraged and disgusted. Mr. Bush may not do nuance, but he does dunce quite well. This is just one more example of his callous disregard for human life, and of his poor timing and bad taste in all else.

Let us hope in 2004 the American people remember this tasteless gesture on his part, as typical of his lack of intelligence and sensitivity. Perhaps if Mr. Bush had looked at a mirror while looking for “those” WMDs this would have revealed their exact location? We can only vote so there won’t be a next time for Mr. Bush to try his hand at cheap shots. Didn’t he think his occupation of the White House would bring the same degree of resistance in the United States our troops are now experiencing in Iraq? Perhaps this is the real reason we are in Iraq. Now more than ever, Americans need to take a closer look at that mirror, to see if there is any good reason to keep Mr. Bush on the job. It’s highly unlikely that when they do, the mere thought of him will cause it to shatter, along with his image. Vote Mr. Bush out of office and out of history for good.

1See The Nation column, Capital Games, MIA WMDs—For Bush, It’s a Joke, by David Corn, at

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