The Bush administration can be described as a slapstick comedy with an unusually high body count: Picture the Three Stooges and the Keystone Cops duking it out with cruise missiles.
And this is just the 5th worst moment in the
train-wreck presidency of George W Bush. The worst moment? Well, it involves the media. You are free to guess.
#1. Some months ago I read Jacob Weisberg’s The Bush Tragedy. Long-distance psychology, an approach which had all but disappeared since the 1970s, returns to tell us that underneath the facade, Bush43 is a cipher. The man has managed to build a life without any content whatsoever – not even his much-touted religious conversion reveals any substance. Either Weisberg has missed something completely, or we are stuck with one of the biggest riddles in modern history. How could Nobody be elected president of the US, twice?1
#2. To many foreign leaders, cooperating with Bush has been lethal with the destruction of the Blair and Aznar premierships as the most conspicuous examples. Berlusconi is a tricky case as he managed to bounce back in the 2008 elections after being ousted in 2006, but one political leader has managed to stay very close to Bush and still survive politically: Anders Fogh Rasmussen of Denmark. What does this tell us about Danish politics in general and Fogh Rasmussen in particular?
- I know: Bush43 did lose the popular vote in 2000, but the question still stands. [↩]