Friday, February 06, 2009

Gadzooks! Shirtsleeves in the Oval Office

And, so it goes ... the people who supported President George Bush, either explicitly, or tacitly, during his eight calamitous years in office, are now less than happy with the performance of President Barack Obama.

Some of them are people who thought they were profiting from Bush's policies geared toward making the wealthy more wealthy, so we can guess why they were able to avert their eyes from Bush's outrageously bad stewardship of America's resources and potential.

Others simply bought into the Bush administration's slogans; even after they saw the snickering little squirt behind the curtain, with propaganda (m)adman Karl Rove whispering in his ear, they blithely ignored reality so they could continue to believe in the good intentions of the Great Dubya.

So now it seems the Charles Krauthhammers and Rush Limbaughs are still dishing out what their followers like to hear; swaggering Dick Cheney is still growling ass-covering, off-the-wall prevarications. In hard times screaming and begging for change, they haven't changed their let-them-eat-cake tunes even one tiny little grace note.

Of course it's annoying.

Then there's the sort of gall that one can only laugh at. It's so silly you can't even get miffed, let alone pissed off. Bush onetime chief of staff Andrew Card has criticized President Obama for working in the Oval Office in his shirtsleeves. Gadzooks! His tie might even have been loosened.

In his comments about how grossed out he has been over seeing Obama sans jacket with his sleeves rolled up, Card sniffed that the Bush White House Dress Code called for, "coat and tie in the Oval Office at all times."

He might have said, "Regardless of how many people have lost their shirts over Bush's handling of the ship of state, the president and his staff were dressed properly at all times." But, he didn't. I just made that up.

And, so it goes...

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