Tuesday, December 30, 2008

bush's reading habits

Republican political operative turned "journalist" Karl Rove claims that de facto President George W. Bush has read a lot of books. In fact, Rove said Bush read 95 books in 2006, 51 in 2007, and (so far) 40 in 2008.

And it's heavy stuff, too, says Rove: stuff like Ulysses Grant's "Personal Memoirs," Andrew Roberts's long "A History of the English Speaking Peoples Since 1900," and "The Stranger" by Camus for chrissakes.

Oh, plus Rove says Bush read the Bible EVERY year.

Personally, I don't believe it. Seriously, I don't. That pace is more than a book a week - and the Bible is one long book (even if you DO skim all the crap about dietary restrictions and who begat who in the Old Testament). Doesn't the (de facto) President of the United States have more to do than read? I mean, when he's back in Crawford on his extended vacations he seems to spend all his time clearing cedar and riding his bike. He gets a good long work-out in every day. So doesn't he have a shit-load of meetings and briefing books and the like to get through every day? I mean, Bush is always telling us how hard his job is.

Oh wait, I forgot that Dick Cheney actually did most of the REAL work. Hell, it's quite possible Bush read 91 meaty books in 2006. If I could read on the job, I'd get that many books read in a year, too.

But really, what's the point of Rove's bizarre little column. This penultimate sentence is the clue: For two terms in the White House, Mr. Bush has been in the arena, keeping America safe and facing down enormous challenges, all the while acting with dignity.

This is part of the ongoing effort, evidenced by Laura and Condi and Bush himself all blathering on about history, to burnish Bush's pathetic record as the President of the United States, as he gets ready to leave the White House. I suppose this is supposed to make us thing Bush is smart.

Anybody with enought time and a high school education can read books. The rest of Bush's record is what will consign him to the short list for Worst President Ever.



Blogger Sona said...

Three words:

Books on tape

11:48 AM  

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