Thursday, June 08, 2006

The Great Obfuscator

Andrew Sullivan links to this astonishing quote from President George Bush:
I do not need to explain why I say things. That's the interesting thing about being the president. Maybe somebody needs to explain to me why they say something, but I don't feel I owe anybody an explanation.
No wonder real conservatives are up in arms over the madness of King George. It's gone from the so-called "Great Communicator" to this in 12 short years.

Of course, this kind of explicitly anti-democratic rhetoric may be why his poll numbers are so awful. Bush conquered the White House posing as some sort of plain-talking straight shooter. He has amply proven himself to be not only a mealy-mouthed obfuscator, but a real champion of the public's right not to know.

Participatory democracy is based upon the precept of a well-informed public. When the president of the United States thinks that he answers to no one and is under no obligation to the people who (inexplicably) granted him the power he so jealously guards, our system of government is immeasurably weakened.

I have a sneaking suspicion, however, that the real reason behind this utterance is that Bush needs one of his handlers to explain to him the things that he says. They are, after all, ideas that are undoubtedly conceived and crafted by others.

Either way, Bush 1, America 0.
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