August 15, 2005

No sensitivity awards for the Prez.

Here's how Dubya responded to a question from the press, asking whether he'd take some time during the current week (in which he has no work scheduled) to meet with meet with Cindy Sheehan:

"I think it's important for me to be thoughtful and sensitive to those who have got something to say," he said. "But I think it's also important for me to go on with my life, to keep a balanced life."

We heard about Dubya's comments on the radio earlier, but somehow seeing them in print makes them even more obnoxious. If our brain wasn't already hurting from this post, Dubya's self-centered obliviousness would certainly have it throbbing full-throttle.

Via Washington Post.

Posted by Magpie at August 15, 2005 02:47 PM | US Politics | Technorati links |

Why is this statement from President Bush so offensive to you? The President has previously met with Cindy Sheehan, who had the chance to express her thoughts about the war in Iraq.

Posted by: Jonathan Moore at August 15, 2005 08:21 PM

It's not offensive as much as it's an indication of how weak this president is. Most people who rise to the office of the President have the internal strength to have discussions with people who have differing views.

At the time that Sheehan first met President Bush, she still wasn't aware of how much of the arguments for war were truly fabricated. For a lot of people, it wasn't until the Downing Street Memo before they had the proof. Of course, people familiar with the Middle East, or just people who closely follow politics knew much sooner. But Cindy Sheehan was not one of those people. She was just the mother of a soldier who supported her president at a time of war.

The sad thing is that President Bush is afraid of a soccer mom. I cringe a little bit that emotion is driving this, as I'm someone who believes that reason should drive progress, not gut feelings. But the bottom line is that Bush's evasion is just more evidence that we've never had a more weak-willed occupant of the Oval Office in a long time, and perhaps in our nation's history.

Posted by: thehim at August 15, 2005 09:38 PM

The first time she met with the president, she has said that she felt it would be appropriate to avoid such questions. However she's learned a lot, as we all have, between then and now about the circumstances under which she went to war. Now she's asking questions that, frankly, a lot of people want the answer to and that the president has decided to ignore.

The president would like to have a 'balanced life' that includes 5 week vacations, bike rides, brush clearings and $2 million fundraisers, but not meeting with bereaved parents to answer their questions. His behavior is lazy, irresponsible and unseemly.

He dragged this whole nation into a foolish war and it's high time that he answered to *someone* for it. As someone who gave her son to this war, Cindy Sheehan deserves his respect and attention and so does the rest of the country. This guy's just flipping us all the bird.

Posted by: natasha at August 15, 2005 09:40 PM

It's unseemly because while Bush 'wants to go on with his life', over 1800 other Americans can't. Not to mention over 100,000 Iraqis, including thousands of children.

The goon is a war criminal and he deserves impeachment. It will be interesting to see how far the Republican controlled Congress will let this farce continue before they realize he's going to take them down with him if they don't get rid of him.

Impeach Bush!

Posted by: Dawn at August 18, 2005 02:42 PM