He’s Quacking as Loud as He Can

From the Washington Post:

PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH: Good morning. I’m just about to leave for Europe. I’m looking forward to my trip.


Original DVD cover.

I’m looking forward to meeting with our friends and allies. We’ve got strong relations in Europe, and this trip will help solidify those relations.

And we got a lot to talk about. First, I’m looking forward to talking about the freedom agenda with the European nations. We got a lot of work to do in Afghanistan. And the countries I’m going to have committed troops to Afghanistan. And, of course, want to thank them, and remind them there’s a lot of work to be done.

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[My Stepford wifeLaura Bush is] going to go to the Paris conference, along with Secretary Rice, on our behalf to ask nations to contribute to the development of Afghanistan, which will mean they’ll be contributing to peace.

And then, of course, we’ll be talking about the economy. A lot of Americans are concerned about our economy. I can understand why. Gasoline prices are high. Energy prices are high.

I do remind them that we have put a stimulus package forward that is expected to help boost the economy.

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We’ll remind our friends and allies overseas that we’re all too dependent on hydrocarbons, and must work to advance technologies to help us become less dependent on hydrocarbons.

I’ll also remind them, though, that the United States has an opportunity to help increase the supply of oil on the market, therefore taking pressure off gasoline for hardworking Americans; and that I proposed to the Congress that they open up ANWR, open up the continental shelf and give this country a chance to help us through this difficult period by finding more supplies of crude oil, which will take the pressure off the price of gasoline.

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The U.S. economy is continuing to grow in the face of unprecedented challenges. We got to keep our economies flexible. Both the U.S. economy and European economies need to be flexible in order to deal with today’s challenges.

I’m looking forward to my trip, and I’m looking forward to seeing Laura.

Thank you.

And now back to reality…

LONDON, June 10 (UPI) — There are two remarkable ironies about President George Bush’s weeklong visit to Europe this week. The first was that he was upstaged by Russia’s new president, Dmitry Medvedev, who announced in Berlin on the eve of Bush’s arrival that “Atlanticism has had its day and we need to talk about unity between the whole Euro-Atlantic area from Vancouver to Vladivostok.”

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A lame duck American president still bearing the scars of the Iraq War can hardly compete with a fresh-faced young Russian president (“a new Gorbachev,” enthused one German commentator) talking of peace and love and mutual investments.

The second irony was that Bush arrived just as it emerged that European banks have suffered more from America’s poisonous financial export of subprime loans than their U.S.-based rivals.

The Institute of International Finance reported last week that European banks have been hit by $200 billion in credit losses from the $387 billion lost so far, while U.S. banks have lost $166 billion.

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During the Bush presidency the European Union has become the world’s largest economy. The EU now has a GDP of some $16 trillion, about 10 percent larger (at least in dollar terms) than the GDP of the United States.

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Despite the sneers by Bush administration officials at the rigid European labor markets and higher European unemployment, Europe added 3 million new jobs in 2006, while the United States added just 2.3 million. And while on paper the U.S. unemployment level of 5.2 percent might look better than the European Union average of 8.2 percent, factor in the 2.3 million Americans in prisons and the unemployment figures level out. The EU prison population is just over 360,000. The U.S. incarceration rate is 762 per 100,000 people, nine times higher than Germany’s rate of 88 per 100,000.

Europe has big problems, to be sure. It is more dependent on energy imports than the United States, and its demographic profile does not bode well for the future.

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Moreover, Europe does not score nearly as well as the United States on the three separate dimensions of power. The United States is a military superpower, an economic superpower and a cultural superpower, with a vast and subtle and subversive influence that stems from its constitutional principles as well as from Hollywood. Europe, so far at least, is just an economic superpower with some pretensions to cultural influence and a lot of fine museums and old churches. Militarily, despite the French and British nuclear arsenals, it barely counts.

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What Bush finds difficult to accept is that in the eyes of many around the world he has cut the United States down to EU size. He has diminished American power and American influence, and he is bequeathing to his successor an American economy in much worse shape than he found it nearly eight years ago.

The Europeans all understand that, which is why they are thrilling to the idea of President Obama (but they won’t be too unhappy with President McCain). But they also thrill to the idea of a new Gorbachev in President Medvedev. The Europeans have understood the basic truth of the post-Bush era. The United States is no longer the only game in town.

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20 responses to “He’s Quacking as Loud as He Can

  1. nightowl724

    Oh, how this poster made me laugh, nonnie!

    And we got a lot to talk about. First, Iโ€™m looking forward to talking about the freedom agenda with the European nations. We got a lot of work to do in Afghanistan. And the countries Iโ€™m going to have committed troops to Afghanistan. And, of course, want to thank them, and remind them thereโ€™s a lot of work to be done.

    Chimpy talks like a fourth-grader.

  2. nightowl,
    click on the link, and read the whole thing. he sounds like the pep squad talking to the freshman class. in the dictionary, next to the word presidential, there will be a picture of chimpy in the section where they have the antonyms. ๐Ÿ™„

  3. Got a Grip

    I love the poster, nons. But just what exactly is Condi doing to that poor, wounded chicken?

    Bush is an idiot. No two ways about it. I just hope we can survive until November, and that Captain Underpants doesn’t have someone on his payroll to help him steal another election….

  4. chicken? it’s a duck. a lame duck. it looks like the ones that hang out in my backyard, waiting for me to throw them their daily bread. well, the ones in my backyard don’t have crutches, but other than that, they look like that guy.
    and i beg to differ, gotta. chimpy is an idiot two ways, three ways, a whole lotta ways about it!

  5. sardonyx

    I was shocked to see that Got a Grip thought Condi was goosing that lame duck! As I said at the time, how fowl!

  6. sardonyx

    Not to be pedestrian or anything, but we knew long since that our prexy was quackers. And the Europeans knew it too. Heck, they thought *we* were when he was re-elected.

  7. sar,
    it’s good to be pedestrian. have you seen the price of gas?
    i am glad that i don’t have the money to travel overseas. i would be embarrassed to hear what people are saying about americans. if i did travel, i think i would tell people that i’m canadian. eh? (i’m practicing just in case i win a trip ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

  8. Got a Grip

    Well, duh on me. Of course it’s a duck. Just another reason why it’s good to wear your glasses when you’re supposed to. D’oh!

    If you’re going to try to pass yourself off as Canadian, nons, you’re going to have to practice on your accent. I suggest some old SNL’s with the “Bob and Doug McKensie” skits. I’m sure that all Canadians sound just like that…. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  9. nightowl724

    sar, you sure are quick with the puns! Ha-ha!

    nons, I read that regular unleaded gas was $5.11 a gallon in CA yesterday!

    gotta, you silly goose!

    fotc, where are you?

    raisinettes, I’m trying hard to set up my very first, very own blog for our community project – the Republican dictionary. I’m doing it in WordPress. I’m sort of getting there and my WordPress for Dummies book should be here any day now. What do you think of this name: The Wingnut Wordbook?

  10. nightowl724

    Well, I went to the WaPo link and read the full speech. What the? I know the administration has lost many key people lately. Among them must have been the speech writers. I’m telling you, Chimpy sounds like a fourth-grader who has to give a little speech about what he’s going to do on vacation this summer.

    At the G-8 ministers? The economy is growing? A lot 4 times in a 250-word speech? Huh?

    And, this must be the 50th time he’s harped on drilling in ANWR and does that ever p*ss me off!!!

    What an embarrassment!

  11. gotta,
    no worries. i started buying only canadian bacon and drinking molson. the accent just naturally evolves.

    nightowl,
    i sort of like the rethuglican dick-tionary.
    i was watching the cadaver king show, and he had these smiling economic morons on who couldn’t wait to share the great news about the economy. yes, the housing market is in the toilet. yes, gas is unaffordable. yes, the stock market is in shambles. however, look at all the opportunities!! we are supposed to run out and buy ourselves discount houses! woo-hoo!!!! let me go get all that money i have been stashing under the mattress!! one of the smiling idiots was a woman who writes for money magazine. she was saying how she won’t be trading in her giant suv, because it would cost more to trade it that to pay the extra $1200 bucks or so more for gas this year. we are supposed to take advice from someone stupid enough to buy an suv? ๐Ÿ‘ฟ

  12. nightowl724

    “Good news” and “this economy” is an oxymoron! They make me sick.

    I read yesterday that the teenage job market is in a “great depression.” The article said it is the worst it has been for teens since the end of WWII! The odds are less than 1 in 3 that a teen will get a job this summer; less than 1 in 5 if they’re black or Hispanic. I have a 17-yr-old who’s been looking since last November, trying to save for college.

    In tin-foil hat mode, I’d say this was planned. NCLB causing higher dropout rates, cutting school budgets, cutting college loans and grants, refusing to give GIs proper college benefits, wipe out the teen (and entire) job market, and what’s left? Selling drugs, prostitution, theft? What’s left that’s legal? The military!

    And, my stimulus check will fill my gas tank about three times. Then what?

    I like your title, too… I’ll be back later.

  13. nightowl,
    just once i wish these shows would have ordinary, everyday people on who can look these so-called pundits in the eye, tell them to pull their heads out of their own asses, and invite them to visit the real world. one of the best reality shows i can imagine is to take the talking heads, give them a salary that will have them just pushing the poverty line, and make them pay for rent, health care, food, transportation, and all the unexpected bills that come along.

  14. nightowl724

    Yeah. I’d make the show so that they felt they had a lifetime sentence to poverty with no eligibility for bailout, no time off for good behavior!

  15. and don’t forget kids. each would have to have at least one kid who wants to go to college.

  16. nightowl724

    and has asthma and needs braces and wants to take music lessons and go to the prom…

    Plus, let them juggle caretaking an older parent who is ill and in the Part D donut hole and has to choose between heat, food, and meds.

    THEN, let them get laid off and run out of benefits!

  17. you don’t have to pile it on. just the basics will drive them nuts after just a few days. they’ll be jonesin’ for the foie gras by day 3.

  18. nightowl724

    True, but it would be more fun my way! Take that! And that, you out-of-touch pompous a$$!

  19. i think it’s more fun to just put them in the basic situation. that way, they have no excuses when they go bust.

  20. nightowl724

    Good point…