Bush In The Bunker

Monday’s Washington Post has a pretty amazing article on the current state of that fellow who’s squatting on valuable government property at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW:

The Imperiled Presidency Inside the Bunker
A President Besieged and Isolated, Yet at Ease
Bush, Grasping for Answers and Fixated on Iraq, Remains Resolute

By Peter Baker
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, July 2, 2007; Page A01

At the nadir of his presidency, George W. Bush is looking for answers. One at a time or in small groups, he summons leading authors, historians, philosophers and theologians to the White House to join him in the search.

Here are a couple of other excerpts:

Bush is fixated on Iraq, according to friends and advisers. One former aide went to see him recently to discuss various matters, only to find Bush turning the conversation back to Iraq again and again. He recognizes that his presidency hinges on whether Iraq can be turned around in 18 months. “Nothing matters except the war,” said one person close to Bush. “That’s all that matters. The whole thing rides on that.”

And yet Bush does not come across like a man lamenting his plight. In public and in private, according to intimates, he exhibits an inexorable upbeat energy that defies the political storms. Even when he convenes philosophical discussions with scholars, he avoids second-guessing his actions. He still acts as if he were master of the universe, even if the rest of Washington no longer sees him that way.

“You don’t get any feeling of somebody crouching down in the bunker,” said Irwin M. Stelzer, a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute who was part of one group of scholars who met with Bush. “This is either extraordinary self-confidence or out of touch with reality. I can’t tell you which.”

A Parade of Setbacks

The reality has been daunting by any account. No modern president has experienced such a sustained rejection by the American public. Bush’s approval rating slipped below 50 percent in Washington Post-ABC News polls in January 2005 and has not topped that level in the 30 months since. The last president mired under 50 percent so long was Harry S. Truman. Even Richard M. Nixon did not fall below 50 percent until April 1973, 16 months before he resigned.

As every hunter knows, there’s nothing more dangerous than a wounded animal. If that wounded animal has control of all land, sea and air forces, and the nuclear arsenal, it becomes even more dangerous.

Read the rest of the article and see whether y0u think that Snippy has headed over the edge of the Sanity Event Horizon.

Courage.

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4 Responses to Bush In The Bunker

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  2. “This is either extraordinary self-confidence or out of touch with reality. I can’t tell you which.”

    Ooh ooh, pick me, pick me! I know the answer to that question teacher!

  3. Darrell Prows says:

    Read in conjunction with that latest stuff about Cheney, Bush is looking more and more like The President That Never Was One. The reason he can’t make sense out of what he did is that he didn’t really know what he was doing when he did it.

    Also, he probably never really did do it. Given his “mamagement style” of extreme delegation, the Cheney gang probably seduced him into saying yes, and then offered to take care of all of the details. Bush heard “consider it done”, and believed that it was until now.

    No wonder he looked like he enjoyed fishing so much.

  4. Ginny Cotts says:

    Moderator calls on Donnie, the Katrinacrat, to answer the question. 😉

    There are two other possibilties in W’s ability to keep an abnormally positive outlook. Self medication is a distinct probability. Well, ok, he probably has official prescriptions.

    The other is his record of somehow knowing ahead that some things will happen. After looking at all the articles on the warnings of a “terror spectacular” for this summer, I have that deja vu feeling.

    Bush isn’t concerned because the terrorist attacks are going to put Americans back in the too scared to reason mode. He is probably even convinced that he will get his war in Iran. Or at least some bombings.

    He seems not to be putting enough weight on Cheney, et al. being wrong on Iraq, and Rove being wrong on the ’06 vote.

    I consider this out of touch with reality because since 11/06, increasing numbers of Americans have realized how dangerous it is to give up on thinking, even when you are so scared your pants are wet.

    Wear diapers folks, and get over it.