Me vs. George Bush

The radio said that George W. Bush is a birthday boy turning 61. It got me to thinking that I am only 63, just two years older than our president. Could I do a better job? I mean, Bush, he seems like a perpetual adolescent playing at being president to me.

Bush bikes, I can swim a mile and a half. Bush feigns empathy. I have it. Really, not all shrinks do, but I don’t have to fake it.

Bush tried to feign this gravitas thing Fred Thompson, even with his trophy wife, is supposed to save the Republican Party with. But none of his coaches could teach him how to keep that smirk off his face. How could he even pull off a reasonable fasimile of gravitas when he’s spending so much time with his good pal Karl “Turd Blossum” Rove?

I save gravitas (i.e. dignity, seriousness, or solemnity of manner) for funerals and for when relating to people who are hurting because of a loss or other personal tragedy. When I have it, it’s real.

I think I’d have more than enough when dealing with issues when hundreds of thousands of lives are at stake.

Bush is supposed to be far smarter than his critics give him credit for. He isn’t. He has above average intelligence but lacks analytic ability. Even if he wasn’t a narcissist, even if he actually had scrupples, a moral compass that told him he was wasting lives in a failed Iraq policy, and the ethics of a saint, he just doesn’t have the native ability to reason out complex problems.

I’m pretty smart as far as overall intelligence, but when it comes to my ability to reason out complex problems, with little old me there’s no contest against Bush. Spending 37 years as a therapist has taught me how to understand the most complex and convoluted interpersonal problems.

I think problems and conflicts between nations are in many ways similar to problems and conflict between people.

How about it? A shrink instead of a politician for a president? Maybe that’s who this country needs.

If the country can accept that I need a 45 minute nap in mid-afternoon, I figure that I’d make a much better president than George Bush.


  1. ralphcat

    I remember the 2004 British headline (was it in the Guardian?) “How can 48 million people be so dumb?” the day after GWB’s election over Kerry. At the time, this nation could have used a national shrink. Now, I just want a public servant who has read and understands the Constitution and will bring our country back from its decline into torture, rampant corruption and other shameful practices.

    Like a bolt out of the blue, fate steps in and sees you through — Jiminy Cricket

  2. LurkingFromTheLeft

    And will honour it…

    …for the reasons it was created by those who got away from that OTHER King G –

    …I mean someone can read it and understand it –

    …don’t mean they’ll abide by it! –


  3. Rich

    Hell yes! I will vote for you but please don’t recommend that Americans need to take ssri’s etc., Though after having Bush in ora-face for 8 years, I think the country might be inclined to try anti-depressants. But that means Americans may need to take the blue pills for you-know-what, ouch!!

    Bush certainly made a bad name for Harvard MBAs and did all business people a disservice. My old room mate was an MBA and is very intelligent! He would make a great president because he has everything Bush lacks: Flexible (non-dogmatic) intelligence; he is willing to listen and learn from others’ opinions. He applies empirical and theoretical intellegence for problem solving and knows you can prevent many problems by NOT making bad decisions.

    Now that I think of it, could you proscribe me some anti-depressants!

  4. mikesloane

    Narrowing Bush’s problem down to “lacks gravitas” and/or “lacks analytical ability” is a bit generous. I think the man has some serious character flaws that are probably partially the result of his dysfunctional upbringing and partially self inflicted by his unwillingness to deal with reality and intellectual laziness, coupled with substance abuse problems that may or may not be either the cause or the effect of his personality defects. Either way, someone with his personality profile should never have been given the responsibilities of any office higher than sanitation inspector.

  5. JudyB

    Hal, your question of “could I do a better job?” is ridiculous. Of course you could! As a matter of fact, either of the Bush dogs could, and his cat could do even better than the dogs because cats are known to get rid of rats!!!

  6. Sandra Price

    Well, my friend Hal, throw your hat into the ring and you will win hands down against another Bush-style candidate. I see our leader using the fact he was born and raised a Christian to prove his moral superiority. No honest Christian would ever do that. No honest Christian would ever buy votes from the religious right by promising federal grants to the churches. He ran on a false premise and managed to do it twice.

    Besides you have a cuter dog.

  7. LurkingFromTheLeft

    Sandra –

    …do you think we could convince Hal to choose Steve Horn for his running mate? –

    …I recall we tried to convince Steve to throw his hat in the ring some months ago –

    …what do ya think? –


  8. tpahl

    I am convinced that if we took 535 random people from our nation and made them senators and congressman, and two more random people and made them president and vice president, we would have a much more effective government. But since we can not chose them randomly, I will chose Ron Paul for president in 2008!

  9. Beagle

    During the 2000 election season, GW Bush was, for the most part an unknown, but was touted as having a Master’s in Business Administration from Harvard. I thought he was going to be much smarter than he has turned out to be in the office of the President. He has never done one thing for the common people in this country, obviously only beholden to the wealthy & the corporations. Many of the common folk have voted for him due to all of the divisive issues that Rove has created. America was fooled in 2000 but should have known better in 2004.

  10. Steve Horn

    Hal – run – you’ll get my vote – heck – take a longer nap in the afternoon – wouldn’t bother me a bit! ;=)

  11. Hal Brown

    My hunch is that prescriptions for anti-depressants will go down once Bush does.

    But in all seriousness they are being given out like so many jelly beans to troops in Iraq and many will return home with PTSD and continue to be on them for a long long time.

    Thanks, Bushie.