Friday, March 14, 2008

Bush: The Stench

George W. Bush, lost in the rancid musk of his own self-aggrandizement, addressing non-chickenhawks:

"I must say, I'm a little envious," Bush said. "If I were slightly younger and not employed here, I think it would be a fantastic experience to be on the front lines of helping this young democracy succeed."

"It must be exciting for you ... in some ways romantic, in some ways, you know, confronting danger. You're really making history, and thanks," Bush said.
Of course, when Bush was eligible to serve in a president's overseas military adventure, he didn't see the romance of it:
It was May 27, 1968, at the height of the Vietnam War. Bush was 12 days away from losing his student deferment from the draft at a time when Americans were dying in combat at the rate of 350 a week. The unit Bush wanted to join offered him the chance to fulfill his military commitment at a base in Texas. It was seen as an escape route from Vietnam by many men his age, and usually had a long waiting list.

Bush had scored only 25 percent on a "pilot aptitude" test, the lowest acceptable grade. But his father was then a congressman from Houston, and the commanders of the Texas Guard clearly had an appreciation of politics.

Bush was sworn in as an airman the same day he applied.
To his credit, he successfully defended the skies of Texas from the Vietcong.



mikesdak said...

I think you'll be able to actually hear the sigh of relief in Oregon when the next President is inaugurated. Even the current campaign is moderated somewhat by a general feeling that no matter who wins, it'll be a step up from the delusional stylings of, as Molly Ivins said, "the legacy fratboy".

Dale said...

Mike, I do hope you're right. If we get the Wide Stance party out of the White House in November, my sigh alone will be audible from a few states away.

If it's McCain, I'll try to convince myself it's a slight step up. And I suppose it would be. But barely, and not nearly enough.

Time (and Diebold) will tell!