Monday, April 18, 2005

Disconnect from Reality: How can they lead us when they don't know who we are?

"Poverty is an anomaly to rich people. It is very difficult to make out why people who want dinner do not ring the bell." – Walter Bagehot, 19th Century English economist

Reading this quote onWindspike’s site set me ‘a thinkin’ about  bushisms that illustrate a complete disconnect from reality. What I found was that the affliction is not limited to geeboy. He is obviously a product of the genetic aberrations of inbreeding.

 Bush Calls This "Uniquely American"?!?

It's sad when our administration doesn't live in reality.

THE PRESIDENT (geeboy): Good. Okay, Mary, tell us about yourself.

MS. MORNIN: Okay, I'm a divorced, single mother with three grown, adult children. I have one child, Robbie, who is mentally challenged, and I have two daughters.
THE PRESIDENT: You work three jobs?

MS. MORNIN: Three jobs, yes.

THE PRESIDENT: Uniquely American, isn't it? I mean, that is fantastic that you're doing that. (Applause.) Get any sleep? (Laughter.)

MS. MORNIN: Not much. Not much.

THE PRESIDENT: Well, hopefully, this will help you get you sleep to know that when we talk about Social Security, nothing changes.

 "But why should we hear about body bags and deaths and how many, what day it's going to happen, and how many this or what do you suppose? Oh, I mean, it's, not relevant. So why should I waste my beautiful mind on something like that?" -- Barbara Bush (,

 Visiting the exhibition hall of the National Grocers Association convention here, Mr. Bush (geeboy's daddy) lingered at the mock-up of a checkout lane. He signed his name on an electronic pad used to detect check forgeries.

"If some guy came in and spelled George Bush differently, could you catch it?" the President asked. "Yes," he was told, and he shook his head in wonder.

Then he grabbed a quart of milk, a light bulb and a bag of candy and ran them over an electronic scanner. The look of wonder flickered across his face again as he saw the item and price registered on the cash register screen.

"This is for checking out?" asked Mr. Bush. "I just took a tour through the exhibits here," he told the grocers later. "Amazed by some of the technology."

Marlin Fitzwater, the White House spokesman, assured reporters that he had seen the President in a grocery store. A year or so ago. In Kennebunkport.


windspike said...

It boggles the mind, doesn't it. When one is born with a silver coke spoon up one's nose, it is hard to see what it means to be a Real American, you know, a working stiff, the kind that Bruce Springsteen writes about...

Thanks for the link up, by the way.

Mike of the North said...

You're welcome!

btw I don't think that the kind of ignorance shown by the bushes is limited to them. I think that a lot of our so called representatives have no idea of the daily struggles of most of their constituents.

I just can't understand why the american people keep electing these guys. Is there some kind of unconscious mind set where we are convinced that if somebody is rich then they must be smart enough to run the country? Or is all a matter of having the bucks to buy air time on television.

SheaNC said...

I agree, it's the "let them eat cake" scenario repeated throughout history. Also, I remember a news magazine story about this subject (back in the pre-internet days) where they said that you needed to be a millionaire just to run for office, period. Even at the very local level. The American political system is really just for the rich.