Category Archives: Bush’s Personality

Introspection

Okay, like running out the cannon on an eighteenth century ship of the line as you are going into battle, let’s run out the clichés – Americans are not introspective. We don’t agonize over decisions – we just decide, and … Continue reading

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In the Curious Land of Moot

Yes, a moot question is one where, if you think things through and work things out, there really is a clear answer – but the answer, either way, doesn’t really matter at all. Yes, clearly it would be more cost … Continue reading

Posted in Assessing the Bush Legacy, Bush Legacy Project, Bush's Indifference to Anyone's Opinion, Bush's Management Style, Bush's Personality, Cheney in Charge, Moot Questions about George Bush | 1 Comment

Those Shoes

Ah, out here in Hollywood we know all about shoes – but it seems we don’t know enough, or we have the symbolism all wrong. Forget Fred Astaire. Now shoes are historical bookends. There was December 14, 2003 – Iraqis … Continue reading

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Our New Pragmatist-in-Chief

The divorces were inevitable. Neither of the two wives understood. But some men are pragmatists – we go through life not getting all worked up about things, one way or the other. We do see why the other party is … Continue reading

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Missing Dick Nixon

Sure he was cute, with the lisp, singing Gary, Indiana in the Music Man, and you remember him as Opie on the Andy Griffith Show back in the sixties.   Ron Howard doesn’t look like that now – he’s now … Continue reading

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The Problem with Demanding Loyalty

“I promise as a good American citizen to do my part for the NRA. I will buy only where the Blue Eagle flies.”   Yeah, that was the loyalty oath the kids chanted back in the Great Depression – you … Continue reading

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The Dog Ate My Homework

All those years of teaching, and not once did one student ever use that classic line – the dog ate my homework. Well, once or twice a year one of them grinned and said that – then handed in the … Continue reading

Posted in American Truth and Reconciliation Commissions, Bush Torture Legacy, Bush's Lack of Maturity, Bush's Personality, Obama and Guantanamo, Obama and Torture, Obama as the Grown-Up, The Hague, Torture, War Crimes | 1 Comment