But most Americans may have been unaware of the President’s comments due to Federal Communications Commission rules which fine broadcasters up to $325,000 for airing unscripted comments. The only political statements deemed newsworthy by the FCC are those that have been carefully choreographed by a team of political scientists ahead of time. CNN, which is a cable outlet, played the quote. Fox News did not.
How did the most powerful man in the world feel about his speech to other world leaders?
“Just gonna make it up,” he said. “I'm not going to talk too damn long like the rest of them. Some of these guys talk too long.”
How does Bush talk to the king of
“Gotta go home. Got something to do tonight. Go to the airport, get on the airplane and go home. How about you? Where are you going? Home? This is your neighborhood. It doesn't take you long to get home. How long does it take you to get home? Eight hours? Me too.
(Our president forgivingly assumed that because
How does Bush talk to hired help?
“No, Diet Coke, Diet Coke.”
(Our President just couldn’t get over how far apart
“It takes him eight hours to fly home,” he continued. “Eight hours.
How does Bush talk to his best friends?
“Yo, Blair, what are you doing? You leaving?
Blair: No, no, no, not yet.
And the inner workings of trade negotations?
Bush: If you want me to. I just want some movement. Yesterday, I didn't see much movement. The desire's to move.
Blair : No, no there's not. It may be that it's impossible.
Bush : I'll be glad to say it. Who's introducing me?
Blair : Angela. [German Chancellor Angela Merkel ]
Bush : Tell her to call on me. Tell her to put me on the spot.
(Our president likes to carry the ball.)
Bush : Thanks for the sweater. Awfully thoughtful of you. I know you picked it out yourself.
Blair : Oh, absolutely.
The conversation then turned to the Mideast Crisis.
Bush : See, the irony is what they need to do is get
Blair : Who,
Bush : Right.
Blair : I think this is all part of the same thing. What does he think? He thinks if
Bush : I felt like telling Kofi to get on the phone with Assad and make something happen. We're not blaming
At that point Blair turned the microphone off.
Many on the left have latched on and mocked the president for his language and impatience. Even the right’s Bill O’Reilly considered the conversation “embarrassing” for the president. However, I predict the inane banter and crude speech will only help Bush. Indeed, those on the right should be supremely satisfied that he appears to speak in private exactly as he does in public, with simplistic thoughts tinged frequently with impatience and annoyance.
What would have been a real disaster is if the president had spoken too cerebrally, perhaps comprehending the size of
It’s just unfortunate that the president has to have his conversations listened-in on. This type of treatment should be inflicted only on commoners and laborers who need to be constantly monitored. As proof, you can be charged for things you said when you thought no one was listening, but our leader can’t even be repeated on public airwaves unless he knows he’s being quoted. What kind of people does
Many have criticized the President’s language. Your children are not allowed to speak that way in school, but he can. Your children are also not allowed to speak with food in their mouths, but our leader can. He is, of course, President. Who would ever even think of holding our leader to the standards we hold even the wildest and most unkempt of juveniles to? Yes, Bush said some shit. Let's all say it. Shit! Hey, that was fun. That gives boring rhetoric a little punch in the gut. Shit, get over it, people.
My advice is not to sweat this little episode. Happily, the president, when told about it, rolled his eyes and laughed. If he’s not worried, I’m not worried. In-fact white house spokesman Tony Snow is already using the conversation as an example supreme representation, pointing out how the President speaks and thinks like all Americans. How flattering!