Remember the good old days when the Left was too busy demonizing our President as stupid, bigoted, ignorant and intolerant to accuse the American people of the same thing?
I do. And I miss ’em.
So when it comes out that in Tony Blair’s new book there’s a story about how George W. Bush didn’t know who the Belgian guy was at the G-8 who ran his yap about all the stuff America ought to do, I start thinkin’ about the good ol’ days…
In his new book, A Journey, Mr Blair writes that the former US president was confused by the presence of Guy Verhofstadt at the 2001 G8 summit in Genoa.
“He didn’t know or recognise Guy, whose advice he listened to with considerable astonishment,” Mr Blair writes. “He then turned to me and whispered, ‘Who is this guy?’ ‘He is the prime minister of Belgium,’ I said.
“Belgium? George said, clearly aghast at the possible full extent of his stupidity. ‘Belgium is not part of the G8’.”
Mr Blair explained to Mr Bush that Mr Verhofstadt was there as “president of Europe”. Belgium held the presidency of the EU council at the time.
Mr Bush responded: “You got the Belgians running Europe?” before shaking his head, “now aghast at our stupidity”, Mr Blair writes.
Blair also has a section in the book where he says Bush had an “immense simplicity in how he saw the world.” Blair said that actually worked, in that it made for decisive leadership.
Uhhhh, no $*&t, Sherlock. It’s called being able to spot the difference between right and wrong. We win, they lose. Some of Bush’s decisions came about from faulty intel, and some of them were overly ambitious. But few of them came about based on cowardice or duplicity, regardless of what Keith Olbermann might have slithering around in his deranged little head. And that’s because of his “immense simplicity.”
Bush might have had little use for the Flemish pipsqueak who couldn’t keep his pie-hole shut, but was that really such evidence of the Ugly American than his successor standing up the Aussies twice for a visit, or having the First Broad manhandling the Queen of England, or a bunch of unplayable DVD’s doled out as friendship gifts, or sending out for pizza instead of eating with the president of Israel? Or telling the Czechs and Poles to sod off after they’d put a lot on the line in cooperating with us on missile defense?
At least Bush had a sense of dignity about the office he kept. He did lots of stuff wrong. He was mediocre. But compared to what we have, I’ll happily take a guy who can boil things down to something simple and honest – even if it means he gets it wrong once in a while.
Folks in Ohio said by a 50-42 score over the weekend that they’d rather have Bush back than this cat we’ve got now. Maybe it’s time to do a poll like that from sea to shining sea.
On the other hand, maybe not. If the word gets out that Obumble’s making us pine for living behind the Bushes, Lord knows what kinds of fresh hell our betters might have in store for us. Maybe it’s better not to say anything and just nutshot ’em in November.