Is Bush a whining vindictive sore loser crybaby?

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.

Ho hum.

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.

Updated after Tuesday’s press conference

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.”

Closing Statement

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.


  1. LurkingFromTheLeft

    The link works –

    …but it takes you to today’s offering so you need to arrow back/forward to see it –

    …quite a few very good ones there too –


  2. ekaton

    Bush has done an admirable job for his constituency — the haves, and the haves more. They could not have asked for a better president. The only problem is that his constituency is only about 2% of the American public. He didn’t do it all alone. He had a lot of help from Reagan, Bush 41 and Clinton. And if you liked George Bush you are going to love Hillary Clinton.

    — Kent Shaw

  3. cicada

    Just remember,he himself is a great big ZERO.He could not have screwed up like that,
    without all those advisers(like wolfovitz,Bloomberg)and all the other corporate criminals in industry and the media, supporting him.
    Our entire so infested with warmongering zionists that he probably has a rough time getting in a word edgewise.
    There has to be a giant house cleaning in our Gov.,just getting rid of him will not suffice.


  4. KayInMaine

    Hal, I’m still trying to stop laughing at the first set of adjectives in the original title! *screaming laughter* Oh man, is that the funniest title filled with angry sarcasm you’ve ever seen? I love it!!!!

    George Bush really is trying to be a good president in his own little way by screwing the American people over whenever he gets the chance and by blaming his political opponents for everything he’s done over the past seven years. Believe me, he’s trying hard to be the next Honest Abe!

  5. ekaton

    “We are proven right as he slides into ever so public Psych. 101 clinical denial…”

    I keep hoping for a very public screaming, weeping, angry, throwing things public tantrum and meltdown.

    — Kent Shaw

  6. Hal Brown

    Hal’s comments so far :

    I appreciate everyone’s comments. Please keep them coming. They are the appendices to all of our columns, some of which are read months and even years later.

    Amazing that when I wrote version one of this column on Monday it was just in reaction to Bush’s brief address. Then came his press conference Tuesday and the at-long-last unbowed reporters persisting in nailing him on Iran. (Even Fox wouldn’t suck up to him.)

    I do want to link to Maureen Dowd, who
    regulars know is one of my favorite OpEd writers (yes, she does exasperate me at times).

    Seven Days in September?

    I enjoy it when I can get a piece online with a similar perspective before she does.

    Below is what she wrote about this exchange:

    Chicago Tribune reporter Mark Silva: “I can’t help but read your body language this morning. You seem somehow dispirited, somewhat dispirited.”

    President: “This is like, all of a sudden, it’s like Psychology 101, you know?”

    (Some reporters laughed perhaps out of sympathy.)

    Dowd wrote:

    W. did look like a kid who’d just had his toys taken away. But he acted humorously exasperated, as he always does when the talk turns introspective.

    She also addressed the daddy issue which Wally noted in his post above:

    “And so,” W. concluded triumphantly, and nonsensically, “kind of Psychology 101 ain’t working.”

    W. loves to act as though psychology is voodoo even though his whole misbegotten foreign policy has been conducted from his gut, by checking the body language of his inner circle and looking into the hearts and souls of dictatorial leaders.

    If I were looking at the latest fiasco from a Psych 101 point of view, I’d say it was another daddy issue for W.

    To Carl about our Prozac nation:

    It is telling and frightening how often George Orwell (Dowd above) and Aldous Huxley are brought up to describe our nation of sheep or lemmings.

    Remember in Brave New World how citizens were given Soma, Huxley’s version of Prozac.

    Today it isn’t only prescribed medication but an entire culture of escapism where only a fraction of the population seriously follows politics and a scary number of people vote because they are persuaded by slick ads produced by the same kinds of people who uses to convince people that cigarettes not only made you handsome or glamorous, but were actually healthy.


    Bush is the gift that keeps giving to everyone from those of us on Capitol Hill Blue to the Maureen Dowds and Keith Olbermans of the media. We are proven right as he slides into ever so public Psych. 101 clinical denial he is also slinking into history as our worst president.

    He’s been exposed as the Constitution wrecking seller of fraudulent claim worse than a used car salesman selling a family of five a car without brakes.

    For the rest of his term we will have no dearth of material to write about. After that we may be struggling to find subject matter in Hillary’s iron ego or Barak’s swoon inducing charisma.

  7. ekaton

    “In fact in most cases I seem to make the average citizen squirm and feel uncomfortable.”

    Denial. Things aren’t bad enough yet to force them out of their denial, and your comments only remind them its only going to get worse. We are seeing open boldfaced attacks on people by government at all levels from the tasering police force to the national ID card. But the rice bowl is still usually full and none of the neighbors have had their doors yet busted in by a swat team serving a warrant for failure to pay a parking ticket, so all must be well with the world.

    — Kent Shaw

  8. Carl Nemo

    Hi SEAL,

    I think the reason Americans have become so complacent is due to anti-depressant drugs. About five years ago I read that 60 million Americans were on Prozac or it’s more up to date analogs. Let’s say that 80-100 million are dosed on these pharmaceuticals in 2007.
    People can’t cope, they want to stick their heads in the sand, so they reach out for strong anti-depressants which are the equivalent of “rose-tinted” glasses in a codfish gray skied world.

    This too may have been part of the NWO scheme to change the order of things. I’d say they’ve succeeded. I’m an affable guy and try to pick up conversations about our national state of affairs when I go about my daily business and I must say that I rarely if ever get anything back that I’d class as intelligent coming my way. In fact in most cases I seem to make the average citizen squirm and feel uncomfortable.
    They seem comfortable with being simple feedlot; ie., consumeristic animals.

    America’s adults and it’s children have been dumbed down to the level of bovine cattle. Rest assured there are a number of folks that are still clean and clear-thoughted, but their numbers are so few that these NWO conspirators feel no threat from a revolution at this point in time.

    Carl Nemo **==

  9. ekaton

    President Sparky: What caused them not to understand that a country that once had a weapons program could reconstitute the weapons program?

    Uhhh… like when Cheney, the Dick, reassured us that “we believe, that, Saddam has in fact reconstituted his nuclear weapons program.” ?

    Like that? And 3/4 of a trillion dollars and 4000 dead Americans later we are supposed to take their word? Again? The exact same argument?

    Fool me once… shame on… shame on you… fool me twice… ummmm… fool… can’t get fooled again.

    — Kent Shaw

  10. SEAL

    Common sense and military/nuclear reality is what always comes up missing in these scare tactics of the global terrorists residing at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

    Oh my god! They are going to have a WMD!

    So, what if they do have them? Hell, lets give them a couple. We have plenty and could spare a few. What difference would it make if every middle eastern nation had them? They could never use them.

    If Iran were to launch a nuclear weapon at any other country they would be commiting national suicide. Within minutes their nation would become a nuclear wasteland. There would be no Iran and no Iranians.

    Isreal has enough nukes to obliterate the Middle East. Or a couple of our submarines could accomplish the same thing. Everyone knows this. So, how can the threat of Iran acquiring a nuclear weapon be important or “scare” anyone? I would bet that Iran does not want any nuclear weapons. What would be the point of having something you could not use and would not actually scare anyone? Bush and Cheney’s ranting about it is comical. And the Iranians are the ones laughing their asses off and congratulating each other on how they are playing these fools while the fools are laughing at how the majority of the American public is going for the same old WMD ploy.

    What the hell happened to common sense? So many nations have nuclear weapons and the ability to deliver them for some distance, what difference would one more make? No matter how hard they try they could never convice the world there is some Irainian madman that would commit his nation to obiteration.

    This entire senario is a ludicrous joke. But one that has been used to bankrupt our nation. When will the American people put a stop to this. Or will they ever? If they don’t it will be the end of the great experiment in America.

  11. DejaVuAllOver

    It’s been a BAD DAY for Satanboy. It’s been a bad day for Hillary. And it’s been a bad day for Joe Lieberman.

    I’m going to remember this for a long time. This is the BEST DAY I’VE HAD IN YEARS!

  12. spartacus

    Bush can’t help himself. He’s not only delusional, but he honestly can’t tell fact from fiction, nor right from wrong. His ‘thinking’ is so twisted that it would do Rod Serling proud. This man is dangerous in the worst way, not only to himself, to this nation, but to the rest of the world as well. He insists he didn’t know what was in the report while he was bellowing out his WWIII nonsense, but there’s more than enough evidence to show that Cheney has been suppressing this thing for a year, so he surely was well aware of it. The words lunatic and fanatic just don’t cover the insanity of these two. As long as they remain in office, no one is safe.

    Also, he needs to stop braying at Congress for thwarting his plans to give us those odious recess appointments of his, and for passing bills he doesn’t like, which he then vetoes. HE’S THE ONE WHO WON’T WORK WITH THEM! He got so used to that rubber stamp Republican congress of his that he forgets that until he came along the 2 branches actually worked together to compromise on the differences in bills to make laws: the president didn’t just veto them without any attempt to reach some sort of agreement if the bills were important to both parties involved. My way or the highway was not the way most things worked before our Dictator in Chief: not even Reagan was that inflexible!


  13. Hal Brown

    Thanks for jumping in Wally and welcome to Capitol Hill Blue. I look forward to hearing more from you.

  14. waglendye

    I read your latest and can only imagine what the world thinks of our leader. He has taken this country from its most sensitive time (9/11) and ruined everything. Everyone now hates us, the economy is self destructing and we will have a deficit because of his father’s
    revenge that will carry over for generations.

  15. Hal Brown

    Bush praises our intelligence agencies for the recent NIE and takes credit for it, while in the same breath says it is meaningless. He brushes off the fact that it took them four years to determine that the Iranians had no nuclear weapons programs.

    I have to wonder whether we will now see the other major western powers saying they had hard evidence from their intelligence agencies for years which they shared with the United States.