April 26, 2013
Daddy’s Little Boy

Yesterday’s cringe-worthy dedication of Bush’s Folly leads me to re-post, not for the first time but I hope for the last, my 2006 psychoanalysis of the frat boy president. (For further elaboration on the theme, see this from 2002.)

The younger Bush’s career can only be understood as a lifelong obsession with disappointing the father he so plainly hates.

He follows his father’s footsteps in school, as a pilot, as a businessman, and finally as a politician. Unable to fill those footprints, he made each one seem unimportant by pretending contempt for it. He got C’s where his father got A’s; he was a cheerleader while his father captained the baseball team; he ducked the combat flying that made his father a hero; he burned through the seed money his father’s friends gave him, failing in the oil business which had made his father rich.

At last he was taken in hand by a sleazy political op who realized that the father’s name and money would be enough to elect the wayward son governor of Texas. (Polls at the time showed that a significant portion of the voters thought that W. actually was his father.)

Then Karl Rove set out to hand-carry his meal ticket into the White House itself.

Take that, you old fart, junior must have thought as he took the oath of office. Any asshole can get to be president. But even that wasn’t enough. Deep inside, where the Oedipal snakes writhed in his subconscious, there was still work to do.

What better to way to humiliate his father than to degrade the supreme office the old man had spent his life to reach? What sweeter revenge than to slime, like a slug, the presidency itself? And so he enlisted Rumsfeld and Cheney, his father’s ancient enemies, to help in the work of patricide.

Outdoing his father as president, the junior Bush must have known in his heart, was beyond his limited capacities. But his whole life offered proof of his ability to fail, and so he took the only path remaining. He would become, God help the rest of us, the worst president in history.


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Posted by Jerome Doolittle at April 26, 2013 09:42 AM
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I still shake my head in disbelief that we USA'ans elected that contemptible sociopath not once but twice. And we, as a country, are only just not waking up from the bad dream.

Posted by: Jim H on April 26, 2013 1:00 PM

Jim, we only elected him once. The Supreme Court installed him the first time around.

The Shrub may, indeed, go down as one of the worst presidents ever (it's still mighty hard to beat Buchanon for that title), but the idea that his presidential library is the first step in whatever "rehabilitation" he'll get from the public is simply nausea inducing.

Posted by: Derelict on April 26, 2013 3:44 PM

This "lieberry" episode has renewed my deep disgust for Bush and his enablers/supporters that I had hoped I would never have to experience again.

I hope he dies a slow and painful death and that his children and his children's children do the same. (Yes, I loathe the man that much.)

Posted by: karen marie on April 26, 2013 11:14 PM

True,true. My only quibble is with Derelict's assignment of blame to the Supremes. Not that they didn't do it but that we wind up with the Court designed by the people we elected. Why is that important? Because the moment we-the-peeps allow ourselves the luxury of thinking that someone else has taken responsibility for our governance, that's when someone else takes over.

Has taken over already, really. I think we're in a battle for our democracy and the other side is made up of multinational corporate interests. Until we take back choice -- in the very widest meaning of that word -- we'll be letting go of democracy, freedom, education, prosperity and self respect, the very elements of America that Bush set out to destroy.

Posted by: PW on April 27, 2013 12:20 PM

Where are the comments to the 2002 piece?

Posted by: on April 30, 2013 12:40 AM

Early days. Comments weren't enabled then.

Posted by: Jerry Doolittle on April 30, 2013 10:31 AM
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