Updated Not quite. Despite the evidence of his petulant introduction to his Rose Garden address Monday, he’s still the bully using the bully pulpit of the presidency to lash out at those who would dare to thwart his imperial ambitions. Add to that his hawkish hallucinations about Iran still being a nuclear threat from Tuesday’s press conference. He’s hardly weeping under his pillow.
If you missed the press conference I’ve included some of his mind boggling quotes about how Iran stopping its nuclear weapons program in 2003 doesn’t change anything in his steel trap mind.
Bush began his Monday address with an “oh woe is me” jab at the Senate without admitting that they actually succeeded in their plan to keep him from making recess appointments. This was our petulant president in all his gory glory. Perhaps being told Iran stopped their nuclear weapon program in 2003 got him so frustrated he had to attack someone.
This is from the Monday address:
Good morning. Congress returns from its two-week Thanksgiving break today. They have just two weeks to go before they leave town again. That’s not really a lot of time to squeeze in nearly a year’s worth of unfinished business.
In fairness, Congress was not entirely out over the past two weeks. In a political maneuver designed to block my ability to make recess appointments, congressional leaders arranged for a senator to come in every three days or so, bang a gavel, wait for about 30 seconds, bang a gavel again, and then leave. Under the Senate rules, this counts as a full day. If 30 seconds is a full day, no wonder Congress has got a lot of work to do.
You can read the rest of his address “President Bush Discusses Congress’s Legislative Priorities for the Remainder of the Year” here but frankly it’s a waste of time. It’s merely Bush trying to dictate the Congressional agenda.
Our poor bully president now faces yet another deflation of his stuffed codpiece which is breaking news today. It turns out that Iran gave up its nuclear weapon program in 2003.
I’d pity this inadequate man who glories in the bully role but is really a limp dick if he wasn’t the most destructive president in modern history.
Now Bush has to stand down on his saber rattling over Iran and is having cold water thrown over his hot wet dreams of bombing Iran.
Poor Bush, you could almost feel sorry for the poor dear who wanted to go out with a big bang bombing Iran — almost NOT!
The Democrats thwarted Bush’s plans to appoint Doctor Reverend Homophobe as our nation’s top doctor, and perhaps other lesser puke inducing appointees. Now he’s probably trying to dare the Democrats to play the gavel game during the Christmas recess.
I hope these prissy comments piss off the Democrats enough so they assure Bush doesn’t give the nation a lump of coal in a doctor’s suit as a Christmas present.
More important for the nation, I hope the Democrats and rational Republicans can join together to stop Bush from running roughshod over Congress in the wanning days of his presidency.
Add slimy lying weasel to the list of descriptive terms.
At least only a gullible moron would believe his answers to media questions about how the Iranian weapons threat turned out to be a hawkish hallucination.
Here’s a guy who a couple of weeks ago was talking about Iran starting World War III and now he’s trying to say his opinion hasn’t changed… but…. maybe it has changed… but maybe it hasn’t… so he’s trying to give a lecture on the technology of making atomic bombs… this smirking scientific dunderhead is trying to lecture us about… uh… science… give us a break….
Talk about trying to put lipstick on a pig.
He persists in trying to scare us about Iran, for example:
“Iran was dangerous, Iran is dangerous, and Iran will be dangerous if they have the knowledge to make a nuclear weapon.”
“The NIE says that Iran had a hidden, covert nuclear weapons program. What’s to say it couldn’t start another covert, nuclear weapons program?”
“I think it is very important for the international community to recognize the fact that if Iran were to develop the knowledge that they could transfer to a clandestine program, it would create a danger of the world. And so, I view this report as a warning signal that they had the program, they halted the program. The reason why it’s a warning signal is they could restart it.”
“I still feel strongly that Iran is a danger. I think the NIE makes it clear that Iran needs to be taken seriously as a threat to peace. My opinion hasn’t changed.”
“But it also tells us that the intent was there, and the risk of Iran acquiring nuclear weapons remains a very serious problem.”
“While this report seems to show the Iranians have moved away from producing weapons-grade uranium, the real worry is that they still may be continuing to move forward with enrichment and processing.”
He said the following with indignation and his odd way of combining a smirk with a stern lecturing voice and his know-it-all gestures and posture.
Q My question, sir, is, are you feeling troubled about your standing here yesterday, about perhaps facing a credibility gap with the American people?
THE PRESIDENT: No, I’m feeling pretty spirited, pretty good about life, and have made the decision to come before you so I can explain the NIE. And I have said Iran is dangerous, and the NIE doesn’t do anything to change my opinion about the danger Iran poses to the world. Quite the contrary. I’m using this NIE as an opportunity to continue to rally our colleagues and allies.
Q Do you think it —
THE PRESIDENT: It makes it — the NIE makes it clear that the strategy we have used in the past is effective. And the reason why we need to make sure that strategy goes forward for the future is because if Iran shows up with a nuclear weapon at some point in time, the world is going to say, what happened to them in 2007?
How come they couldn’t see the impending danger?
What caused them not to understand that a country that once had a weapons program could reconstitute the weapons program?
How come they couldn’t see that the important first step in developing a weapon is the capacity to be able to enrich uranium?
How come they didn’t know that with that capacity, that knowledge could be passed on to a covert program? What blinded them to the realities of the world? And it’s not going to happen on my watch, Mark.
And so, kind of Psychology 101 ain’t working. It’s just not working. I understand the issues, I clearly see the problems, and I’m going to use the NIE to continue to rally the international community for the sake of peace.
Thank you very much.
Here’s a link to the transcript of the press conference for the masochists among you. His closing comment was about the threat of Iran and was so over the top I hope it is replayed on the news shows. I could almost hear the air raid sirens.
The CNN commentator said Bush is trying to make lemonade out of lemons.