White House aides have pulled out all the stops in what may be the last and most important sales job of the Bush presidency. They’ve assembled friendly audiences in rebuttal-free zones all across the country so that the self-styled ” Educator-in-Chief” can “help our fellow citizens understand why I’ve made some of the decisions I’ve made” and remind them of this salient fact: “I’m an optimistic person.”
Much of the media coverage — particularly on TV — dutifully relates his constantly repeated assertions and predictions as if they were new and credible. Still, it doesn’t work.
His optimism is falling flat because it’s untethered from reality. The public is rejecting his message because it doesn’t believe him or what he’s selling. In fact, according to the latest polls, an overwhelming majority of Americans have lost faith in both the war and the president’s ability to lead it.
Of course no one believes him. He’s a liar.