Bush not entirely satanic

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Currency Lad—lately posting some wonderful mini-essays; do visit—locates a rare pro-Bush item from the BBC, by correspondent Justin Webb:

I was hearing the other day about a woman who went to the White House Christmas drinks party.

You are allowed to bring a friend and the two of you get to pose for a 10-second photo-op (they call it a “grip and grin”) with the leader of the free world.

But this woman had no friends available that evening and queued up to see him alone. When her turn came she explained to the president, “I couldn’t get a date.”

With a charm and wit worthy of Ronald Reagan he pulled her close and asked – mock earnestly – “Nothing I’ve done I hope?”

That Reagan comparison isn’t sarcastic. Read the whole thing.

Posted by Tim B. on 01/30/2006 at 09:40 AM
    1. Justin Webb… that name’s really familiar.

      I’d swear he’s done some really nasty pieces on Bush in the past.

      Sure enough.

      Posted by Mike Jericho on 2006 01 30 at 10:58 AM • permalink


    1. Of course, in the previous administration, that story would have ended with “…he pulled her close…”

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2006 01 30 at 11:01 AM • permalink


    1. No friends available to meet the president?

      Posted by byrd on 2006 01 30 at 11:05 AM • permalink


    1. #1 is bizarre – could this truly be the same person and why?

      Posted by Srekwah on 2006 01 30 at 11:33 AM • permalink


    1. #4 Possibly he’s a journalist who rather than being a party shill actually thinks about things and doesn’t just repeat the party line over and over.

      Strangely enough there are people who at the same time think the war in Iraq is a good thing and that homosexual marriage is perfectly fine.  Not everyone is in the “Bush can do wrong” or “Bush can do no right” camps.

      Posted by sam on 2006 01 30 at 11:48 AM • permalink


    1. Boy, I think I like being patronized by the Beeb even less than I like being spat upon by it.

      Posted by BruceW on 2006 01 30 at 12:00 PM • permalink


    1. Sam — I like your camp diversity there. *g*

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2006 01 30 at 12:00 PM • permalink


    1. #1 I couldn’t care what Webb has written in the past. At least, instead of the shrill of Bush=evil/warmonger/toxic Texan (toxic Texan is a new one), Webb actually looks at the issue ain this case nd finds that Bush’s views aren’t that bad.

      As Webb notes this is not the first time he has defended Bush and whenever he does look an issue and finds that Bush’s views aren’t that bad he gets called an apologist for the Bush administration. I am sure, like #5 says, Webb probably won’t agree with Bush on every issue or I won’t even agree with what Webb says. However, as long as Webb is looking at an issue reasonably and does not start from the premise that Bush=evil, I will give him a read.

      Posted by jayday on 2006 01 30 at 12:13 PM • permalink


    1. Strangely enough there are people who at the same time think the war in Iraq is a good thing and that homosexual marriage is perfectly fine.

      For example, my husband.

      Posted by Jim Treacher on 2006 01 30 at 12:40 PM • permalink


    1. #5 no problem, but it still reads as schizo.

      Posted by Srekwah on 2006 01 30 at 12:53 PM • permalink


    1. Strangely enough there are people who at the same time think the war in Iraq is a good thing and that homosexual marriage is perfectly fine.

      For example—me.

      Posted by Achillea on 2006 01 30 at 04:50 PM • permalink


    1. Sam I ‘m not sure if you are using the phrase “strangely enough” in a mildly sarcastic way but taking it at face value I think it’s stranger that people would think such diverse topics should be naturally linked as if opinions are developed on a portfolio basis.

      Posted by Francis H on 2006 01 30 at 05:05 PM • permalink


    1. Damnit!  This is going to make it more difficult for some to properly hate Smirkyburton W Pretzeljesus.

      Posted by JorgXMcKie on 2006 01 30 at 05:21 PM • permalink


    1. There were some interesting observations in the article.

      The only area I would tend to take issue with is the claim that the Bush admin is so occupied with Iraq that there’s nothing going on about Iran.

      This is more of a lack of journalism…or a reality create by journalism that’s reported by journalism so often that it becomes it’s own journalistic truth. All the world is comprised, only, of what journalists choose to write or run their sucks about. If it’s not reported, it doesnt exist. To a journalist, it’s never possible that something just isnt being covered, or is being done quietly. If it’s not in the front page on a daily basis, it didnt happen at all.

      Posted by Grimmy on 2006 01 30 at 05:54 PM • permalink


    1. I hated him for some of his earlier articles but I admit this one is so fair as to be striking and unusual.

      I enjoyed the article. I credit Webb with seeing through that European fog.

      Posted by quickrob on 2006 01 30 at 08:27 PM • permalink


    1. There’s another great article here that looks at the Bush inner circle.

      Posted by bongoman on 2006 01 30 at 10:02 PM • permalink


    1. #12 I don’t think it’s possible to say “strangely enough” without being sarcastic.

      Posted by sam on 2006 01 30 at 10:57 PM • permalink


    1. Any girl who attends such an event without a date would be happy with George’s tact and humour. Lovely!!

      CL is one of the best writers on the Australian blogosphere.

      Posted by Major Anya on 2006 01 30 at 11:15 PM • permalink


    1. I’m jealous, Jim. I wish I had a husband.

      Or at least someone to lift the heavy stuff and talk with.

      Posted by kae on 2006 02 01 at 04:47 AM • permalink


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