Friday, January 16, 2009

Bush's Final Days, Part 4: Doo-fus! Doo-fus! Doo-fus! ...

Get those extended-forearm salutes up, loyal subjects. Il Doofus has spoken, ostensibly for the last time.

I have to admit that, in his Thursday night farewell address to the nation, Bush and his speechwriters put the best possible face on myriad historic disasters. (See attached video of some of the speech, from MSNBC.) It almost made the manure palatable. Fortunately, not everyone's memory is that short. (See second attached video.)

During the debates on Bush's role in history -- like, is he the worst U.S. president of all time? -- there were comparisons made with presidents who were generally regarded as ineffectual. Such officeholders would be Ulysses S. Grant, Warren G. Harding, Calvin Coolidge, and a couple of others.

I can't find who it was, but one historian said that being ineffectual was never Bush's problem. Il Doofus, he explained, has really been quite effective -- at pursuing disastrous policies. Over and over. And over again.

And then, I will add, proclaiming them successes.

It's past 11, but here's the film anyway:

Now, for equal time, here's Scotty McClellan on Keith Olbermann's MSNBC Countdown show, at long last being something resembling an honest man.

Four days to go. That's all.