In an interview recently with Politico.com, which included questions from Yahoo! users, President Bush made a bunch of astounding statements that showed a disconnect with reality that is frightening and despicable and unforgivable, and is the latest piece of evidence to add to the huge pile that he is wholly unfit for office. He claims that a Democrat in the White House will lead to another attack on American soil, which is hilarious considering that the attack on American soil that started this whole mishegoss was on his watch. He claims that "people" told him there were WMDs in Iraq, which as justification for war, is beyond pathetic.
And then there's the golf thing. Keith Olbermann's most recent special comment hammered President Bush on all three major howlers in the interview, but he saved the best for last. From the original interview (jump to page four of the transcript):
Q: Mr. President, you haven't been golfing in recent years. Is that related to Iraq?
THE PRESIDENT: Yes, it really is. I don't want some mom whose son may have recently died to see the Commander-in-Chief playing golf. I feel I owe it to the families to be as -- to be in solidarity as best as I can with them. And I think playing golf during a war just sends the wrong signal.
Q: Mr. President, was there a particular moment or incident that brought you to that decision, or how did you come to that?
THE PRESIDENT: No, I remember when de Mello, who was at the U.N., got killed in Baghdad as a result of these murderers taking this good man's life. And I was playing golf -- I think I was in central Texas -- and they pulled me off the golf course and I said, it's just not worth it anymore to do.
This is appalling and pathetic and contemptible on three different levels. One: golf? Seriously, this is what you sacrifice to show your support for the troops? Golf?
Two: as Olbermann pointed out, according to his own story, they had to pull him off the golf course when Sergio Vieira de Mello was killed. It wasn't even his idea to stop playing...
Three, and this is the killer: he's lying.
From Dan Froomkin of the Washington Post:
Not only is it a hollow, trivial sacrifice at best, Bush's story doesn't hold water. While he dates his decision to abjure golf to Aug. 19, 2003 -- the day a truck bomb in Baghdad killed U.N. special representative Sergio Vieira de Mello and more than a dozen others -- the Associated Press reported on Oct. 13, 2003, that he'd spent a "cool, breezy Columbus Day" playing "a round of golf with three long-time buddies.
"Bush played at Andrews Air Force Base with Clay Johnson, Office of Management and Budget deputy director, Richard Hauser, Department of Housing and Urban Development general counsel and another friend, Mike Wood."
On that outing, he was typically full of what passes for good humor at the White House. The AP reported: "'Fine looking crew you got there. Fine looking crew,' Bush joked to reporters. 'That's what we'd hope for presidential coverage. Only the best.'
"He hit a couple of practice balls before flaring his tee-off shot into the right rough."
You know for a long time, it's been hard to be outraged at anything done by President Bush, as I was beaten down by eight years of lies, of scandal, of self-serving nonsense, of tragically disastrous decision-making motivated by venality. I was tired, and found it impossible to muster up any more outrage.
But somehow, watching Olbermann's special comment last night, the outrage came back. President Bush scares me because he's so disconnected from anything remotely resembling reality.
Recently, in debg's LJ she was discussing Senator Obama and how intensely she dislikes him as a potential president, and one of the things I pointed out was that any problems that anyone might have with Senator Obama and/or Senator Clinton are tiny and insignificant compared to this: Senator McCain is just going to keep doing what President Bush has been doing if he's elected. His voting record, his policies, everything makes that crystal clear, and that will lead this country to disaster. As it is, the next president is going to have to spend most of his or her (and I love that I have to use that construction, BTW) time cleaning up the mess President Bush has made, but I have no faith in a McCain presidency's desire to even try.
The notion of President McCain makes me fearful for my life, and I'm not exaggerating. I'm scared for my life right now, because the guy in charge has failed on every possible level.