posted on Dec, 23 2004 @ 01:37 AM
As far as Bush's pronunciation of "Nuke-ya-lur" goes, it is the same word that Jimmy Carter used. And he orta know, having served on a Nukeyular
submarine in the Yew_ass Navy.
But when it's a democrat, even a southerner, we dare not make fun of the mighty intellect at the helm of the nation.
LBJ used to say Chicken$h!t all the time. They kind of edited it out when playing it back to the public. I was tickled when a young Dan Rather (I
think it was) followed up an in-depth interview about Cuba with a request for LBJ's much-touted Barbecue sauce recipe. LBJ's response was, "I am
the G*** D*MN leader of the Free world, and you ask me a Chicken***t question like that!!!! I remember it being aired, I think.
If you read up on presidencies, by the way, the whole Dan Quayle/Potatoe thing was a trap. They gave him a stack of signs to hold up with the word
mispelled. He wouldn't do it, and the asked him which word was wrong . . . *click* "thanks for the photo-op, Mr. Quayle! Of course, Leno harped on
it until history was basically re-written as Quayle's idiocy. Some of us are old enough to remember though.
I was watching C-SPAN the other day, and there was an expert on administration and management who has, along with a number of other historians from
both sides of the aisle, written a book called "the Nerve Center," detailing the way the white house works. The author has been a source for the
West Wing series.
One of the things he said that surprised me was that from a management standpoint, Bush's first term was probably the smoothest-functioning white
house since world war two. The author showed a chart of "average number of leaks in the first 100 days of a presidency (8), and at the end fo the
first year. (18). Bush's first admin has been 0 and 0.
He also said that the Bush team has raised the bar for crisis handling. Basically, when there's a problem, bush delegates a team of 3 to deal with
it. Other people are not allowed to "fix" on it without permission. The author said that Bush noted that Clinton's white house dealt with
scandals as if they were a soccer match: everyone on the team runs to the ball and kicks at it. Most of the time, they end up kicking each other.
Clinton also brought in outsiders in the second term to clean house, and this only multiplied the backstage intrigue, as everyone sucked up to the new
The author (cannot remember his name) also said that bush's people were from business backgrounds instead of govt, law or academia. He said bush's
people have a much more secure white house information-wise, and that they use an intra-net that is highly compartmentalized. Their knowledge of
business mgt. policies means fewer disgruntled ex-employees going to talk to 60 minutes, and fewer people with really good gossip.
Anyway, I am hoping to get the book for Christmas. I'll tell you if it's any good.