Tuesday, December 04, 2007

What's all this fuss I keep hearing about the deaf penalty?

First of all, I would like to say that I think the WH reporters showed some balls during the press conference today. There was some actual holding of feet to the fire. That is, until they all dissolved into laughter over some remark the president made about not being able to remember whose turn it was. (I swear, if you ever really want to understand why W continues to hold the press in his sway, watch a great documentary called Journeys with George.)

Before W cracked them up, however, there came these two exchanges about a National Intelligence Estimate on Iran that came to light this week. For those of you who remember the early days of Saturday Night Live, the NIE can best be compared to an old Gilda Radner’s character called Emily Litella, an elderly, hard-of-hearing lady who always got herself worked into a huge lather about some statement she misheard, like “violins on television,” and then, once corrected, would primly look into the camera and say “Never mind.”

BushCo’s imminent nuclear threat from Iran? Never mind.

From today’s transcript:

Q Mr. President, thank you. I'd like to follow on that. When you talked about Iraq, you and others in the administration talked about a mushroom cloud; then there were no WMD in Iraq. When it came to Iran, you said in October, on October 17th, you warned about the prospect of World War III, when months before you made that statement, this intelligence about them suspending their weapons program back in '03 had already come to light to this administration. So can't you be accused of hyping this threat? And don't you worry that that undermines U.S. credibility?

THE PRESIDENT: David, I don't want to contradict an august reporter such as yourself, but I was made aware of the NIE last week. In August, I think it was Mike McConnell came in and said, we have some new information. He didn't tell me what the information was; he did tell me it was going to take a while to analyze. Why would you take time to analyze new information? One, you want to make sure it's not disinformation. You want to make sure the piece of intelligence you have is real. And secondly, they want to make sure they understand the intelligence they gathered: If they think it's real, then what does it mean? And it wasn't until last week that I was briefed on the NIE that is now public.

Several questions later:

Q Mr. President, thank you. Just to follow, I understand what you're saying about when you were informed about the NIE. Are you saying at no point while the rhetoric was escalating, as "World War III" was making it into conversation, at no point nobody from your intelligence team or your administration was saying, maybe you want to back it down a little bit?

THE PRESIDENT: No, nobody ever told me that. Having said -- having laid that out, I still feel strongly that Iran is a danger. Nothing has changed in this NIE that says, okay, why don't we just stop worrying about it. Quite the contrary. I think the NIE makes it clear that Iran needs to be taken seriously as a threat to peace. My opinion hasn't changed.

Aw, geez, where does one start?

First of all, he calls a press conference to tell us about an NIE that he says is news but then says it’s had no effect on him. And he doesn’t think he is undermining his credibility, even when he admits that for four months he knew there was new intelligence on a subject that he was speaking about to the nation every day, but he didn’t ask what the new intelligence was? And Iran is just as big a threat now as they were, even though they’ve stopped doing what it was he had the problem with?

W is like that guy at your job, you know, the one that always has about a million reasons why he didn’t get done what he was supposed to, and none of the reasons really make any sense, but they’re all so contradictory and interwoven and illogical that it’s just too damn hard to try to straighten them all out?

And so you just sit there in the meeting, listening to him weave his web of bullshit, and you think “When the fuck are they going to wise up and fire this clown?”

Well, the answer is, they never will. Clown retires with full benefits 1/20/09.


Distributorcap said...

he has held a LOT of bad press conferences (well they are all bad, just some are badder than others) -- but this was the baddest of them all

the lies, the dancing, the body language, the lecturing, the complete avoidance of Helen Thomas, the changing of the stories, the spinning, the i am just a poor boy from down home, the fake lack of curiosity...

i would so rather have emily litella as president


dad said...

The man does not understand that every time he has a press conference, anyone that does have his heart painted blue, thinks less of him. I am afraid that somewhere, some bleeding heart liberals are going to start feeling sorry for him and start a campaign to forgive him.

aka ska-t.diaryland.com said...

ahh... poor George. the dog ate his NIE homework.

i just stumbled across your journal, last week. even with no Daily Show, or Colbert, i have found a ray of hope.

if i couln't laugh about this crap, i'd explode. ¡muchas gracias!

GETkristiLOVE said...

Every now and then, the clown gets laid off. Unfortunately, this wasn't one of those times.

Chris said...

It's just so fucking frustrating.

I'm really amazed our country hasn't completely collapsed yet under this dickhead's reign

Grant Miller said...

It's so easy to hold his feet to the fire now. Had they asked similar questions four years ago when he was popular and Congress was run by Republicans on the brink of war, that would have been brave.

Doc said...

They shot Lincoln, Garfield, Reagen, and JFK, but this clown will live forever.


dguzman said...

I always wonder how the fuck that asshole at work got promoted to where he is.

I'm sure the words "maybe you want to back it down a little bit?" sound like "we don't give a damn, let the motherfucker burn" to GW.

I've been asking the same question as Doc implies for years now--where is a good assassin when you need one?

SkylersDad said...

The only reason the assassination hasn't been attempted is look who becomes the prez?

Now Cheney is the dangerous one...

Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

We hope he retires on 1-20-09. I'm not gonna hold my breath.

Larry Jones said...

Everybody knows he's lying. As with the Rumsfeld firing/resignation, it's a matter of policy with him. So we all pretend that anything he says is worth a shit, while his handlers loot the treasury and take over the world.

Because this charade has been allowed to go on so long, (future presidents on both sides will naturally take advantage of the new status quo), time may have already run out on any chance to save the Republic.

Anonymous said...

I hand it to you for having the stomach to even listen to that presser, much less type up that garbage.

dad said...

Larry Jone, I share your concern. The country needs to be led by someone who is more secular, more uniting, more transparent, more moral, more intelligent, and more intellectually curious. On the bright side, the only direction possible is up, except if one of the Republican torture loving, gay hating, immigrant fearing, and secret hiding candidates wins the election.

I am thinking 9/11 didn't hurt us near as much as the Bush/Chaney aftermath that followed.