Two years ago I was determined to put my Bush-hating ways behind me — not because I changed my mind about his abominable record, but because hating anyone is bad for the soul.
Now Mr. Decision Points has popped up again with wall-to-wall TV interviews. According to these chats, what haunts Bush most after his presidency is not the federal government’s wretched Katrina response; nor the lies that got us into Iraq; nor the needless deaths of U.S. soldiers and Iraqi civilians; nor the authorization of torture. No, what haunts him most is that a famously temperamental rapper said in a TV interview that he didn’t care about black people. In other words, it’s all about Dubya.
The local coverage of Bush’s recent Dallas book signing and presidential library ground-breaking has been especially obsequious. The approach of certain North Texas reporters can be summed up in three questions:
1. “Mr. President, on a scale of 7 to 10, how fabulous will your presidential library be?”
2. “Mr. President, will history judge that you were right, or that your critics were wrong?”
3. “Mr. President, you’re a straight-shootin’ charmer. What’s the ratio of straight-shootin’ vs. charm in your personality?”
Oh, and my opinion of Bush did change after his recent media rounds. I no longer think he’s an idiot. Now he seems sorta like a sociopath.