Wednesday, April 25, 2007

It's not just about Bush and his dream of doing nothing


Last night, the president said that when the next president takes office, he hopes there are fewer troops in Iraq.

I hope so too.

It’s not the first time he’s said that. But what struck me most about that statement is that everyone seems to have accepted that he has given up on bringing our troops home within the next year and a half.

The press certainly seems to have taken the statement that withdrawal is not his problem anymore, as read.

Which is quite a feat, isn’t it? I mean, I wish I could conduct myself at work the same way. Seriously, how cherry would it be if you could get away with shit like this:

“I hope whoever has this job after me figures out how this spreadsheet formula works.”

“I hope whoever has this job after me learns how to stay within this dang budget.”

“I hope whoever has this job next has the perseverance to scan documents into the database for hours on end instead of searching for funny cat videos online.”

“Boss, I hope whoever has this job next doesn’t make fun of you as much as I do.”

and

“I sure hope that whoever has this job after me accomplishes those goals they put in my job description when I was hired.”

What would you hope from your successor, gentle readers?

13 comments:

kirby said...

Hmmm.. my successor. Well, it depends on the situation. If my husband divorces me, I hope his new wife sucks the life out of him. If I die and he marries again (after a respectable interval, of course) I hope she sucks the life out of him, but in a good way.

GETkristiLOVE said...

A year and a half still? Jesus. And I'm tired of being gentl.e

GETkristiLOVE said...

That's gentle. Can I be snarky-snarky reader instead?!

vikkitikkitavi said...

Kirby: I'm not quite sure how to take that "in a good way" comment. Let's just assume it's an oral sex double entendre, and call it a day, okay?

Kristi: Referring to one's readers as "gentle," is a pretentious literary convention, so play along, sis, and no one gets hurt, revelation-of-humiliating-childhood-
secrets-wise.

It refers to your treatment of me, not to my subject matter. If that makes any difference.

Not that it would. Don't think I haven't forgotten all those Indian rug burns.

Alana said...

“I hope whoever has this job next has the perseverance to scan documents into the database for hours on end instead of searching for funny cat videos online.”

Deja vu.

Skylers Dad said...

I hope whoever takes the job after me has above a third graders use of the english language.

Anon. Blogger said...

Another point well made, Vikki. Let's see, the bad stuff that happened when W. took the job... that was the the fault of the guy before him. The problems W. created while in the job... that is the next guy's problem to fix. Yet, he will have a hearty retirement package, just like the loser Corporate America execs that screw up, take the a giant bag of money and walk. I believe the ivy league schools call the class where one learns how to do that and not feel shame 'screw the people 101'. It is a prerequsite for 'the liberals done it 202'. Arghhhhhh!!!

kiki said...

my successor has to have some form of work ethic

deadspot said...

“I hope whoever has this job after me learns how to stay within this dang budget.”

That's always worked for the Republicans. *rimshot*

dad said...

I like to use "gentle readers' occasionally also. I don't know where it comes from.

When I was in corporate life, the personnel department would announce a new policy and then try to explain it to all us white collar types in small groups. Us engineers always, I mean always saw through the bull shit and called it our every time. One day a older colleague said to me that people in the personnel department were natural born liars and they were trained to become good at it. I took this bit of wisdom to examine it and found it to be true and of great comfort every time the company tried to tell us how well the company's new policy benefited us. It is also useful when understanding the WH press secretaries. They are the real pros. They are so good they sleep at nightand feel good about themselves.

So I would require all personnel people to take a course in Ethics one in Logic, and a year of Engineering. We would all live in a better world.

dad said...

Correction-". . .called in OUT. . ."

Grant Miller said...

I hope my successor will have the attention span to finish reading that post.

vikkitikkitavi said...

Alana: Yeah, I thought you'd like that.

SkyDad: Hmmmm....good luck with that.

AB: Girl, you have opened a big ole' can of whoop ass, and then only drunk half of it, and put the other half back in the fridge, with a piece of tin foil over the top. But you're having a bad day, I understand.

Kiki: Well, "some form" of work ethic is easily acheived, no?

DeadSp: Indeed, well played.

Dad: Believe me, I feel you. The engineers and scientists I work with always go off about how people like me need to be taught engineering or science. Of course, they have no need to experience what I do...

Grant: I know you skim. You don't have to tell me you skim. Skimmer.