From Pine View Farm

Keeping Me Awake 2

I was about to drift off to sleep to Law and Order reruns, but could not resist checking out just one more blog after spending all day writing about cooling towers.

And I stumbled upon this from Dan K. Thomasson:

I met an old friend and colleague on K Street the other day and she looked a bit weary. She told me that her son’s tour in Iraq had been extended because of President Bush’s surge and she expressed concern that his planned wedding although a year away might have to be postponed. Actually, the wedding worry was just a cover up for what really bothers her nearly every minute of every day — his safety.


Then suddenly she stopped, looked at me and asked quietly, “Why is this president so stubborn?” In her tone was the unmistaken note of motherly despair, one that is now echoed by millions of other Americans who can see no end to or even reason for this debacle the president so glibly calls “winnable.” There can be no victory, nearly every expert agrees, only continued chaos as long as American troops are present.

“He is like a child who puts his hands over his ears,” my friend said demonstrating, “and shouts, ‘I’m not listening! I can’t hear you!’ “

I’ve had similar thoughts as I’ve read the news lately–If he can’t get his way, he really doesn’t know how to react.

Except with “Na na boo boo. I’m going to veto.”

Despite his fantasies, Abraham Lincoln he’s not. Hell, he’s not even up to Harding standards.



  1. Karen

    April 28, 2007 at 8:56 am

    I’d still have to say he ranks right about where Nixon does, in history. Difference being Nixon was a criminal in the US, GB got it internationally.

  2. Frank

    April 28, 2007 at 9:03 pm

    Well, yeah. Harding was deeply incompetent.

    His death gave rise to speculation. There are many who think he may have been poisoned by his wife. There is no evidence, but she could be construed to have had motive, given his tendency to shag his girlfriends in White House closets.

    But, you know, that would still be better than what we got now. He did not send men and women to die in made-up wars.