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May 10, 2004

Andy Rooney offers a campaign approach for Bush and it's better than anything Rove has rolled out so far.

"I'm going to shut up and get on with the job."

Problem is, it comes with Bush apologizing, and that's not gonna happen.

Diet update: Lost two pounds. Want a cookie. Eating an apple.

Posted by AnneZook at 01:03 PM


The other problem is that it assumes that George Bush is, in fact, taking time and energy away from his presidential duties to campaign. Everything I've read, critical and hagiographic, suggests that Bush's managerial approach is concept and goal oriented, rather than method and detail oriented. It follows, then, that the only reason he'd need to spend more time working as president was if his underlings were failing to do their jobs properly (since his ideas and goals are faultless, of course), and he's far too loyal to them (and think of what they could write if they weren't in the administration) to do that, apparently, even in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary.

Posted by: Jonathan Dresner at May 10, 2004 02:11 PM

There's no problem with being concept and goal-oriented if you're running a shoe factory. It's completely inadequate if you're president.

The Rooney suggestion also comes with the assumption that Bush can track well enough to actually do the job which, IMO, seems unlikely.

I'm not saying he's stupid. I'm saying that a man who hates to hear debate, who wants to be presented with clear-cut, either/or alternatives, is really out of place in a job that's nothing but nuances.

I'm saying...removing Saddam Hussein was not a worthy goal, okay?

If you've made no sensible, rational plans for how to prevent the emergence of someone similar or worse, removing one tyrant not a goal at all. It's a personal attack.

We're not making "war on terror" (that still annoys me), we're making war on bin Laden and on Hussein's immediate family. And that's unworthy of a superpower.

Posted by: Anne at May 10, 2004 02:40 PM


Posted by: Jonathan Dresner at May 11, 2004 12:42 AM