May 08, 2007

Still Playing at Being Common

Of all the dumb media narratives concerning the Bush presidency that we've had to endure, are any of them more galling than that Bush is some kind of Regular Guy(TM)? But no, here he is embarassing the nation in front of British royals again, and we're supposed to think it's cute, as if any of us would make the same mistakes:

... For the ceremonial climax of the Queen’s six-day state visit, the White House laid on its best china and crystal tableware for the evening banquet - the first such event of the six-year Bush presidency.

... The president is known for his dislike of lavish events. Mrs Bush admitted on ABC television yesterday that she and Condoleezza Rice, the secretary of state, “did sort of have to convince him a little bit” to host the dinner. ...

Aw, how adorable. His wife had to convince him to put on a tie and go to a fancy party, because the typical man is well known for his dislike of looking as though he spent more than five minutes dressing himself. Good grief.

Cut the crap already. Bush is a member of one of the wealthier and most politically connected families in the entire country. He grew up in the lap of luxury, has yet to hold a private sector job in which his dad or dad's friends didn't bail him out of the need to fulfill his duties, and went to the poshest universities in the country. And he's president now, which means that occasions like this are part of his job, one for which he wears a suit every single day, and everybody who isn't mainlining Kool Aid knows it. In a person like that, acting this way is entirely voluntary and contrarian. Considering his position, it's downright irresponsible. Surprise, surprise. "Aw shucks, I guess I could do some o' that presidenting, but I sure hope I don't have to host too many fancy dinners like I did when I was riding along the campaign trail."

As he said:

... Bush gazed around the diamond-studded $800-a-plate crowd and commented on the wealth on display.

"This is an impressive crowd - the haves and the have-mores," quipped the GOP standard-bearer. "Some people call you the elites; I call you my base." ...

Where's the point when the press realizes that this should be even more annoying than when someone becomes a rock star and then whines about the unspeakable horrors of being wealthy, famous and drenched in groupies?

Posted by natasha at May 8, 2007 10:19 AM | US News | Technorati links |