Thursday, December 01, 2005

In November Bush visited South America, Japan, Formosa, China, Mongolia, Arizona, Texas, Colorado, Maryland, and the White House

With Rove and Cheney, at the least, "distracted" by investigations into their Valerie Plame CIA “identity plant,” Bush has been left to shift for himself more than usual. The disastrous Miers nomination may have been a result of that. Who knows? It might also explain some of the muddled responses to Katrina. Bush was vacationing in Texas, Cheney in Montana, and Katrina came roaring ashore with no one in the West Wing to take charge.

It sometimes seems as if those scheduling the president’s time are hard at work keeping him away from the West Wing as much as possible. Or else President Bush, himself, works hard to get out of hard work in Washington. Take a look at November, 2005. Bush visited Argentina and slumped through a series of meetings, saying little, accomplishing nothing. He and Laura flew to Japan for bored looking meetings he blamed on jet lag, and then went on to Formosa where he criticized China. He flew to China, was joined by Condi, praised the leadership for “saying” the words “human rights,” a real breakthrough, I guess, and stopped off in Mongolia.

He is the first American president to visit that nation, a “reward” for their token support of the Iraq war. Remember how pleased people were to credit Nixon with opening China relations when he became the first American president to visit there? “Nixon went to China!” they said proudly. Years from now we can say proudly about Bush, “He went to Mongolia!”

The Bushes flew home to take a six-day holiday at their ranch over the four-day Thanksgiving week end. From there, Bush flew to Tucson for a speech before the seemingly obligatory military audience, and then went on to Phoenix in Airforce One for a fund raiser to help a senator.

One assumes, by the way, that the Republican National Committee reimburses the nation for those expenses when Bush is on partisan trips rather than national business. And Bush, no doubt, forfeits a day’s pay for each workday he is conducting Republican campaign fundraising rather than working as the president of all Americans. I mean, he pledged to bring honesty and integrity to the job.

Anyway, the next morning he flew from Phoenix to El Paso, and the following day went on to Denver where he spoke at a fund raiser for Representative Musgrove, a Republican of Colorado. Then he was off to the Naval Academy for another speech to the military, outlining his plan for Iraq victory. It said so on the huge stage backdrop. The words of his speech were less specific. But forgive him. Bush must have been pounding out drafts of his ideas on a lap top while flying hither and yon during the month. Who can be clear when suffering from "jet lag"?

The result is, Bush spent far more days in November away from Washington than he spent in the White House. Who arranged all that? Why?

It all makes sense if you think about the possible scenarios involving the Republican powers behind the figurehead president. Suppose you were among those who planned to buy the presidency and control the office, nation, and world, and you were looking for a puppet to dangle in the nation's front window every now and then to help you do all that. You want a person to do as your group says about taxes, the environment, perks, laws, Social Security, Medicare, and wars. Would you promote a thoughtful, intellectual person for president, or a George W. Bush?

Are you listening, John McCain? Even by pandering to the Bush League, who did you dirt in 2000, you have little chance of getting the nomination in 2008 if those now in control of the GOP remain there.


Anonymous Bugdriver said...

I am still laughing. Bush went to Mongolia. Priceless.

12/01/2005 10:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The man does look as if he would like an honorable way out of the job!

12/02/2005 11:53 AM  
Anonymous bass_drummer said...

Your scenario makes as much sense as any i have read. Will we ever really know what is happening behind this closed-door administration? Keep writing

12/04/2005 9:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ho Ho Ho! Sounds as though the Curmudgeon Santa is making another list. And sharing it.
Glad to see you count so perceptively,continously,humorously and share with many readers.

12/05/2005 11:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What do you think of the scenario that says Cheney will resign because of "health," or be forced out because of the Plame affair, and McCain has been told he'll become the vice pres. if he cuddles up starting now?

12/06/2005 9:23 PM  
Blogger Dana said...

You know, I HAD thought of the possibility of the senator replacing the vice president. But it seemed more devious and manipulative of American democracy than possible; so, I let the thought slide. You have made me think twice about the scenario, however. Just how devious and manipulative ARE the ones holding the real reins of power? Thanks, Anonymous, for your visit and comments.

12/07/2005 2:09 PM  
Anonymous Ogden Smapp said...

I wrote once before of the "conspiracy theory" of sinister puppet masters behind the scenes juggling the strings of a too-stupid figurehead to carry out the agenda of the New World Order, the Illuminati.

Your piece reinforces that scenario all too well.

12/10/2005 3:42 PM  
Anonymous Bill said...

Dear Dana:
Somehow I can't help but believe that if Dubya had spent all his time in Washington, tending to domestic issues, meeting with legislators, his cabinet, etc., you would be complaining that he NEVER leaves the White House to get out to the rest of the world, where he could make speeches and meet the leaders of places like...oh, maybe...Mongolia! Yeah, that's it. Mongolia!

12/27/2005 3:58 PM  
Blogger Dana said...

Well, Bill, I can understand how you might want to level your "belief" at me. But it truly is false. If Bush did what you describe instead of what he does, I might still criticize his ability to communicate and his twisting of Republican principles I grew up admiring, etc. But I would not criticize him for working at his job the way you describe that job.

But thanks for the visit and comment, anyway!

12/28/2005 9:17 AM  
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