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Posted on Friday, November 7th, 2008

Dave!Oops. For some reason things I write for my blog are uploading as drafts, not posted entries. I don't realize it until I go to write a new entry and see the old one isn't showing up. This kind of blows. Anyway...

Almost immediately after posting my cartoon lampooning President Bush being an idiot yesterday, I got an email from a hard-core Right-Wing friend who was disappointed in me (again) and summed up his complaint with "Weren't you ever told that if you can't say something nice, you shouldn't say anything at all?"

My response was "But what if there's nothing nice to say?"

In all honesty, I try to have respect for the office of the President of The United States of America, regardless of who is holding it. There have been plenty of times I've been embarrassed or mortified by something a sitting president has done or said, but still respect them for the position they are in. It can't be easy to live your life in the spotlight where people are going to rip you to shreds for every little thing you do.

But George W. Bush is different. After the massive number of total fuck-ups he's given us, there's just no respect left for me to give.

The turning point for me was March 24th, 2004 (which I wrote about here, and am reproducing below)...

It was on this day (my birthday, ironically enough) Bush attended the Radio & Television Correspondents' Association Dinner. Customarily, as the guest of honor, The President pokes fun at himself to show he is a "regular guy" and can be funny. George W. Bush decided to present a slide-show with humorous pictures of himself while making charming and witty commentary (quite a challenge, because he is hardly the most charming and witty of speakers). And it was all good until he showed a picture of himself looking around the Oval Office and said "those weapons of mass destruction have got to be somewhere!" He then went on to show himself looking for WMDs under the couch and other silly places while being all "funny" about it.
   
And meanwhile, American soldiers that he sent to Iraq are dying (along with soldiers from allied nations and untold numbers of Iraqi civilians). He started a war over weapons of mass destruction that did not exist, and then decided to make jokes about it. I guess it's easier than admitting you either lied or made a mistake, but that's small consolation to those who died because of it (to say nothing about their friends and families).
   
And that makes George W. Bush a f#@%ing idiot, because joking about having started a war and sending people to their deaths would make anybody an idiot.
   
I don't care that it was probably some speech writer who told him to say it, because Bush controls what comes out of his own mouth and he was the one who decided to actually say it. I don't care that The President is "only human and makes mistakes," because some mistakes are unforgivable to me, and this is certainly one of them. I don't care that The President claims to have the highest regard for our military and never meant to imply anything but respect, because his actions show otherwise. I just don't care.
   
Maybe he was too stupid to realize that it wasn't funny. Or maybe he was too stupid to understand what he was actually saying. Or maybe he was just too stupid to know that people die when you start a war, and there's nothing humorous about that. In any event, George W. Bush didn't need me to call him an idiot, he managed to do that all by himself. I am simply in agreement.

Now, to be fair, there are Bush supporters who claim that WMD's were eventually found two years later (like this story... WARNING, link goes to the hard-core conservatively-biased dumbasses at FOX News). The relevancy of this is open to debate when you examine the findings, but I call bullshit. What they found was inert components and left over stuff from the 80's and 90's... but nothing to suggest that Iraq had a WMD program after 1991. Regardless, evidence of an imminent threat from a WMD program by Saddam Hussein (which we were given as an excuse to invade Iraq) was not produced. This led the Tin-Foil Hat Brigade to say that Bush intentionally lied so he could garner support for war. Sure, the possibility exists that WMDs were smuggled out of Iraq or that they still exist in the country... somewhere... but no real evidence has been found to confirm this. At least none that has been released.

But whatever. Personally, I don't care if they find a massive stockpile of world-ending WMDs in Iraq tomorrow.

The fact that Bush decided to make a joke out of those serving and dying in a war he started is more than enough to make me loath him with every fiber of my being... with or without WMDs. It was the first in a series of unforgivable offenses in my eyes, making it easy to declare George W. Bush "The Worst President Ever," and I make no apologies for it.

Just like I make no apologies for all those Monica Lewinsky blowjob jokes I made about Clinton.

I'm an equal partisan offender that way.


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Comments

  1. Steve says:

    I love reading your blog. I am writing to let you know that the 4-letter words make it sound more natural. Just go ahead and say shit. I like it.

    Steve in NH

  2. Sarah says:

    I had no idea idea this happened. But in 2004 I was still in high school and had way bigger issues to deal with, like matching my shoes to my outfit.

  3. delmer says:

    I knew where this was headed when I read “Radio & Television Correspondents’ Association Dinner.”

    How could the guy be so insensitive and stupid?

    I enjoyed Clinton’s video. As I recall he was seen riding a bicycle around the halls of the Capital and visiting the ice cream machine.

  4. Poppy says:

    Did you just solicit us for birthday gifts?! Dude… bad form, bad form.

    (hehehe)

  5. Avitable says:

    It’s only another couple of months . . .

  6. Lisa says:

    I’m constantly amused by people who feel the need to tell you their opinion of what you write on YOUR blog. Especially when I agree with your opinion.

  7. ChillyWilly says:

    No apologies needed. Your words in 2004 are as spot on as they are today. No one should ever joke about anything like that, regardless of who they are and what political party they belong to.

    Now getting a blow job and making jokes about it… that’s a no brainer.

  8. Faiqa says:

    “if you don’t have something nice to say…” All due respect to your friend, but that’s only appropriate for parties and happy hour. We wouldn’t have made much progress as a civ. if people kept their mouth shut when they didn’t like their leader.

  9. Cindy says:

    Well, he’ll be gone soon.
    There were Monica jokes you made that I didn’t hear? that makes me sad:(

  10. I just don’t like Bush because basically he cannot string together a simple sentence that makes any sense at all EVER!!!

    Nuff said!

    But i agree with you dude!!!

  11. kapgar says:

    He really did that? So wrong.

  12. When I saw Dubya joke around about the lack of WMDs after so many American soldiers had died in Iraq, I must admit, I felt a little nauseous. Is it Jan 20th yet?

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