January 04, 2006

Bush Jokes About His "Combat" Wound

Bush's joke when visiting the wounded soldiers on New Year's day was another example of his cluelessness and his self-absorption.

After meeting with wounded personnel, Bush joked about what he termed his own injury in combat - from a encounter with a tree on his Crawford ranch.

"As you can possibly see, I have an injury myself - not here at the hospital, but in combat with a cedar. I eventually won,'' he said. "The cedar gave me a little scratch. As a matter of fact, (a) colonel asked if I needed first aid when she first saw me. I was able to avoid any major surgical operations here, but thanks for your compassion, colonel.''

This "joke" ranks right up with the time Bush entertained the press with looking for the Missing Weapons of Mass Destruction at the 2004 Radio and Television Correspondents Dinner. As David Corn said, this was a remarkably tasteless joke made when the President was also honoring the sacrifice of those he sent to war.

So what's wrong with this picture? Bush was somber about the sacrifice being made by U.S. troops overseas. But he obviously considered it fine to make fun of the reason he cited for sending Americans to war and to death. What an act of audacious spin. One poll recently showed that most Americans believe he either lied about Iraq's WMDs or deliberately exaggerated the case to justify the war. And it is undeniable that in seeking public support for the war he made many false assertions that went beyond quoting intelligence that turned out to be wrong....Yet there was Bush--apparently having a laugh at his own expense, but actually doing so on the graves of thousands. This was a callous and arrogant display. For Bush, the misinformation--or disinformation--he peddled before the war was no more than material for yucks. As the audience laughed along, he smiled. The false statements (or lies) that had launched a war had become merely another punchline in the nation's capital.

What is it about George W Bush that he always has to twist every story so it is about him?

Posted by Mary at January 4, 2006 12:03 AM | Miscellaneous | Technorati links |

Great minds think alike. Don't forget to notice the role of the press (i.e., the lack thereof) in this incident.

Posted by: Eli Stephens at January 4, 2006 07:26 AM