Sunday, June 8, 2008

Bush's Invisible Newspaper

Let's roll the wayback machine upwards of four months, to February of this year:

Peter Maer of CBS News Radio asked: "What's your advice to the average American who is hurting now, facing the prospect of $4-a-gallon gasoline, a lot of people facing ... "

"Wait, what did you just say?" the president interrupted. "You're predicting $4-a-gallon gasoline?"

Maer responded: "A number of analysts are predicting $4-a-gallon gasoline."
A number of analysts were right to predict $4 gasoline, as the nationwide average has now reached that level.

I strongly doubt any president, even a competent one, even one who reads visible newspapers, could have done very much to change the upsurge in gas prices we've seen. But I do think it speaks volumes about Bush's presidency that he was unaware of such basic realities of the US economy (or pretending to be unaware of them, which suggests its own set of problems). The president really should keep up with current events, even if it does mean sometimes stepping out of the bubble of close sycophants and flattering news items printed in invisible ink.

(H/T Rolling Stone)

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