The [Wednesday] Papers
It's no secret to readers of this column that I do not like George W. Bush. I found the president oddly likeable for a brief moment, however, at his press conference this morning. When the president spoke honestly and openly about the struggles in Iraq, it was impressive. There is an enduring appeal of the honest officeholder. If only this president had been so frank in his assessment of the war from the start. Americans will forgive mistakes and even incompetence, if joined by authenticity and accountability.
And then the president stopped reading from a script and turned into himself again.
And for the gazillionth time in the last six years, I could only marvel that this man had somehow not only become our president, but led this country into a war that the previously hawkish The New York Times editorial page is now acknowledging may be the worst foreign policy disaster in this country's history.
In the question-and-answer period with reporters after his opening statement, the president showed once again that he is a man out of his depth; that critics who wondered if this was a man smart and sophisticated enough to be president were right. He's not.
Most disturbing - and frightening - were the calvacade of inappropriate jokes and asides he uttered as he struggled to articulate coherent thoughts. His reframing of questions he perceived as "Washington tricks" was sophomoric; his odd segue into a call for extending his tax cuts for the rich was just spooky. He is not a man who appears to have his wits about him.
"Asked if blue bag has been a failure," the Tribune reported, "Daley insisted Tuesday, 'No, it wasn't.'"
He's just replacing it for the helluva it.
"Now we tell [people] instead of putting it in a blue bag, you put it in a blue cart," Daley cracked. "If you want a pink one, I'll give you a pink one. If you want a red one, I'll give you a red one."
What if we wanted an adult one?
City of Broad Condos
The Not-So-Bright One
* Ed Feulner, your home planet is calling. They're bringing you back as part of a pundit exchange.
* Can we put a moratorium on Sun-Times staffers telling their own sob stories? And poorly at that.
* Does Fran Spielman have to turn every utterance of the mayor into a "story"?
* Another candidate for assignment most likely to demoralize a reporter. Are you guys running out of ideas over there, or what?
* The on-the-street interviews at the end of this story appear to come from AP, though it's not clear. Still, I really don't care what Emily Krone, 24, of Wrigleyville, thinks we ought to do about Iraq. And neither should you.
* Word is the Sun-Times's circulation is way down.
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Posted on October 25, 2006
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