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Bush in a Bubble 0

There’s certainly a big fuss in Blogosphereville about the Newsweek article, Bush in a Bubble, which describes Mr. Bush as perhaps the

most isolated president in modern history, at least since the late-stage Richard Nixon.

Yesterday, Mr. Bush, in attempt to burst the bubble, participated in an interview or two. What I found most disturbing is this exchange:

Bush: “Look, I, I, uh, I feel like I’m getting really good advice from very capable people, and that people from all walks of life inform me and inform those who advise me. And I feel very comfortable that, that I’m very aware of what’s going on.

“I just talked to the president-elect of Honduras. A lot of my job is foreign policy. And I spend an enormous amount of time with leaders from other countries, and they come right here in the Oval Office and tell me what’s on their mind. And I tell them what’s on my mind.

“And so — you know, it’s the first time I’ve seen those magazines, by the way.”

Williams: “Do you read this kind of stuff?”

Bush: “No.”

Williams: “You don’t read the newsweeklies at all?”

Bush: “I really don’t. I mean, I’m interested in the news, I’m not all that interested in the opinions.”

Persons do not act on facts (news). People act on opinions. The opinions may or may not be based on facts (consider those that claim that no 757 hit the Pentagon. They have formed their opinion and no facts can alter them.).

A person who is not interested opinions other than his own (or those given to him by his “trusted advisors”) is–er, how should I say this?–one who is unlikely to realize when his advisors and his actions may be, er, gulp, shall we say? (using corporate weasel words) in error.


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