March 16, 2008
At Long Last: Dowd Decodes Dubya

Years ago Esquire had a feature called “Dubious Achievements of 19XX.” It was accompanied by a photo of the disgraced President Nixon, grinning as if he were eating chocolate ice cream or something of similar appearance. The caption was always, “Why Is This Man Smiling?”

Today’s Maureen Dowd column asks the same question. It starts off with:

Everyone here is flummoxed about why the president is in such a fine mood…

Dowd goes on to catalogue Bush’s string of weird public performances these last few weeks— jigging, dancing, giggling, grinning, joking and singing as the new Rome burns all around him.

And she concludes:

Or perhaps it’s a Freudian trip. Now that he’s mucked up the world and the country, he can finally stop rebelling against his dad and relax in the certainty that the Bush name will forever be associated with crash-and-burn presidencies.

Her analysis gives me the opportunity to utter once again the sweetest words known to man: I told you so.

Here’s Dubya’s Creepy Death Wish, from September of 2002.

Then in May of 2006: Mission Almost Accomplished.

And last July, an update in The Smirking Chimp called Dragging Daddy Down.

I’m glad to welcome Ms. Dowd aboard, and only wish she had seen through Bush a little sooner — for instance when her public fawning over the adorable drugstore cowboy from Greenwich during the 2000 campaign caused keener judges of manflesh to mutter in disgust, For Christ’s sake, guys, get a room.




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Posted by Jerome Doolittle at March 16, 2008 05:52 PM
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Doesn't he own a million acres in Paraguay? Complete with its own military base, aquifer, and oil wells?

So maybe he's doing the old soft shoe because he's got a latifundio with brush to cut for exercise and a satellite dish to bring him every single TV sports event everywhere and a lot of pretzels, and he's looking forward to living happily ever after, safe from extradition, regardless of what happens to the rest of us.

Posted by: Joyful Alternative on March 16, 2008 11:55 PM

I've been thinking about this and I would posit my theory that Bush's Bush's malady goes much deeper than problems with his dad. Perhaps he wants to see others around him fail. The theory would certainly explain all the folks who are appointed to tasks that they are unquestionably unqualified to do, and who ultimately fail. And his constant derision of the press and those brave enough to call him to task. It might also explain the joy that he seems to be find in having caused untold misery and the financial and personal failure that he has caused to happen to millions, even to those who supported him. George appears to want everyone to be like himself. A miserable failure.

Posted by: Buck on March 17, 2008 10:45 PM
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