posted on Jul, 29 2007 @ 02:15 AM
For the portion that I saw (I gave it about 3 minutes because my connection is not doing great) Bush actually looked less squirmy than normal- which
isn't saying much for Bush- but still, if the tone didn't change in a major way towards the end, then I'd have to say that this showing, though
certainly nothing on the order of what we'd expect from a lot of others, was pretty much Bush at his best by today's standards.
Bush is not comfortable in front of cameras- he is overly conscious of the camera when he hasn't got a whole press corp in front of him to keep him
from seeing the forest through the trees, so in a setting like that one he is uncomfortable with the feel of what he is saying and he has to begin
again very often.
But that's not his biggest weakness. I like him a lot less, and consider him more squirmy, when he's hiding behind a podium, picking and choosing
which reporter to take questions from, and then not even answering the questions he is asked, but instead just barks and barks about staying the
course etc etc.
This interview is probably the most human I've seen George Bush in a long time. It tells me a lot about his psychology and frankly for him to be
attacked over this one looks petty and mean (again, that's assuming that the tone is consistent throughout because my computer just was killing
You see, the marked difference between Bush in a room with an Irish reporter in Ireland and Bush in the White House press room basically stems from
First, it's personalized. Bush lacks significantly in both ethics and American principles, but he also seems to be a very sentimental "nice guy"
type- or if you prefer it in negative terms, he's soft. He can't behave the way he behaves to a human- only to an annonymous mass. (This is why the
deer in headlights thing still comes back to him in interviews like this one- it's a meaningful conversation with a person being taped, not a
pointless speech to an annonymous mass being taped).
Second, he's not on his home court. At home, half (actually a third now) of the annonymous mass supports him and half (actually two thirds now) has
had it with him, and he can't fix that. Abroad, he doesn't understand that his friends and enemies are fixed. He lets himself believe that he can
still win our "European Allies" back over if he makes his case as best he can and tries to be a nice guy about it.
This "squirmy" Bush is the Bush we should wish we had, if we had no choice but to be lead by Bush at all. This is a Bush who can be managed.
Unfortunately Dr. Jekyll will step aside and Mr. Hyde will return the minute he sets foot back in the White House, so we'll never see proof of
If we had this Bush at home we could bend him and get him out of Iraq. We're attacking that? Hell, I know, it's still Bush, and that's never a
great thing, but it's not the Decider.