President Bush went to Ohio today – you know, the state where people went to jail to make sure he was re-elected.
Being there evidently triggered something in the former cheerleader, because he unlocked his word hoard, as they say in Anglo-Saxon poetry, and shared some of his wisdom with us, his subjects.
Here are his thoughts on politics, the war in Iraq, jobs in America, and, of course, that most important of subjects to the Dubya, his Oval Office rug:
_”Politics comes and goes, but your principles don’t. And everybody wants to be loved â€” not everybody. … You never heard anybody say, `I want to be despised, I’m running for office.’
_”The best thing about my family is my wife. She is a great first lady. I know that sounds not very objective, but that’s how I feel. And she’s also patient. Putting up with me requires a lot of patience.
_”There are jobs Americans aren’t doing. … If you’ve got a chicken factory, a chicken-plucking factory, or whatever you call them, you know what I’m talking about.
_”There are some similarities, of course” betweenand Vietnam. _”Death is terrible.
_”I’ve been in politics long enough to know that polls just go poof at times.”
As he has before, Bush told the story about how his first presidential decision was to pick a rug for the Oval Office, a task he quickly cast to his wife. He told her to make sure the rug reflected optimism “because you can’t make decisions unless you’re optimistic that the decisions you make will lead to a better tomorrow.”
Later, when he talked about his hope for succeeding in Iraq, Bush said, “Remember the rug?”
So. What have we learned?
1) Putting up with Dubya requires lots of patience.
2) America’s work force lacks enough chicken pluckers.
3) Polls go poof.
4) Death is terrible.
5) Iraq policy is roughly equivalent to selecting a rug for the Oval Office….
No, wait. He let Laura pick out that rug.
Maybe he should let her run the Iraq War.