January 21, 2006

Building the Cult of Bush

Fred Barnes has written *the* Bush hagiography: a book that must owe lots to Harriet Miers who worships the ground Bush walks on. As one who has found his savior and isn't ashamed to reveal his ardor, Barnes writes a book about the inner soul of our Glorious Leader and reveals what an exceptional leader we Americans are blessed to have. (Things that most of us are incapable of seeing because we expect our Presidents should have at least a modicum of competence in certain things like governing.)

When building a cult to honor the miserable failure, it is interesting to see exactly who also signed up to sing the praises of our self-absorbed, arrogant, incurious and incompetent President, the man who would be emperor of the world. Look who felt compelled to dole out praises for Barnes' work:

Praise for Rebel-in-Chief

“Think you know the real George W. Bush? You’re wrong. Fred Barnes has managed to entice a surprisingly private man to reveal important hidden aspects of himself and his very consequential presidency.” —Larry J. Sabato, director of the Center for Politics, University of Virginia

“No one in the Washington press corps understands George W. Bush better than Fred Barnes. He provides the best picture we have had yet of a president who is, as Barnes writes, ‘an inner-directed man in an other-directed town.’ I couldn’t put it down.” —Michael Barone, senior writer, U.S. News & World Report

“Crackling with fine reportage and analysis. Barnes knows this subject better than anyone.” —Rich Lowry, editor, National Review

“I know Fred Barnes and I thought I knew what he knows about President Bush. Boy, was I wrong. This book is a revelation. I couldn’t stop reading it.” —Brit Hume, host, Fox News Channel’s Special Report with Brit Hume

“A one-of-a-kind journalistic feat—getting inside the president’s view of himself and the presidency. Only Fred Barnes with his clear conservative credentials and unique access to the president could write this book. This is a direct and passionate trip into the heart of Bush country. Lucky for history.” —Juan Williams, senior correspondent, NPR

“George W. Bush is not an easy president to understand or to appreciate, even for his supporters. Now one of the nation’s great political reporters goes beneath the surface to reveal the president’s passion and vision. This is must-reading for Bush backers and Bush bashers alike.” —Robert D. Novak, nationally syndicated columnist

Note who is missing from the adoring crowd this time? Bob Woodward. Do ya think that it might be because Woodward's own court writing that reveal the greatness of our leader has lost its cachet?

From Fred Barnes we find out that Dear Leader sucks up books at a pace that astounds: reading at least 5 works a week to every one that his good friend Condi reads. Lucky, lucky us to have such a talented guy as our President.

And to think, our brave leader is also known as being the fittest president Americans have ever had. And, this is a good thing, because as Dubya told us in August (during his looooonnnnngggg vacation) Americans are proud of their fit President:

"I think the people want the president to be in a position to make good, crisp decisions and to stay healthy," Bush said during an Aug. 13 bike ride with journalists at his ranch. "And part of my being is to be outside exercising. So I'm mindful of what goes on around me. On the other hand, I'm also mindful that I've got a life to live, and will do so."

Glenn Greenwald leads us to the following review by Andrew Sullivan that delves deeply into what Barnes shows about our glorious leader who once he has made a decision believes everything else is the responsibility of the underlings to carry out.

And Bush? There’s a very revealing statement in the Barnes book, reminding us of something that Bush said back in 1999. Bush’s main political interest “is not in the means, it is the results”. Once he had declared war, his decision was done. It was up to others to implement it. And he was bored and irritated by the follow-up details.

In Barnes’s book, Bush said during the Iraq occupation, “If Bremer’s happy, I’m happy. If Bremer’s nervous, I’m nervous.” But if Bremer is to be believed, he was deeply unhappy and Bush either dismissed his concerns or had no idea that they existed.

In an earlier statement, Bush had spoken of his faith. It is ludicrous to think, as some Europeans do, that this president invaded Iraq on instructions from the Almighty. But Bush’s kind of faith may help to explain the shambles of the occupation. He once wrote, “(My faith) frees me to enjoy life and not worry what comes next.”

His mindset is focused on grand decisions followed by results. There is no toleration for mess, whining, criticism or second- guessing. The nitty gritty — which can mean the difference between success and failure in wartime — was not his concern. He delegated the whole thing to commanders completely intimidated by Rumsfeld and institutionally trained not to challenge their bosses. You want to know why we are where we are in Iraq? We’re beginning to piece it together.

Indeed.

Don't miss Jesus' General's great review of Barnes' book.

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Comments

Bush is a lot like the Congress, you know. If there's a problem, pass a law, and it'll go away. Voila!

There are problems that no law will solve, and any law will make worse. Similarly, there are problems that no president can fix, and any fix only makes worse. And there are things in life that aren't problems till the Congress or the President gets ahold of; thereafter, they become problems.

Sigh.

Ed

Posted by: Ed Drone at January 24, 2006 08:00 AM