Friday, January 02, 2009

More legacy polishing

By Creature

Today, taking center stage on the Bush Legacy tour is national security adviser Stephen Hadley and White House chief of staff Josh Bolten:

Bolten said another of his goals when he took over was to try to get the country to see the likable boss he and other aides saw in private, convinced that would boost Bush's popularity. "I failed miserably," he conceded. "Maybe in the beginning of the sixth year of a presidency, that's a quixotic task. . . . But everybody who has actual personal exposure to the president, almost everybody, appreciates what a good leader he is, how smart he is and, especially, how humane he is."

Hadley invoked Bush's 2000 campaign theme in summing up the president's personal qualities. "He has got this great compassion which was not just a slogan, 'compassionate conservative.' It is who he is. It is one of the great things he brought to this office," Hadley concluded. "This is the one thing that just drives me crazy, that somehow this is an arrogant administration, an arrogant president running an arrogant policy. This guy -- one thing he is not is arrogant.

Laughable. Isn't it? Here's the thing, after eight years the American people have gotten to know this president and we all agree he is an incompetent, intellectually incurious, arrogant, stubborn, emotionally detached, ass. Really, folks, enough with the legacy shining, you're just making yourselves look worse.

(Cross-posted at State of the Day.)

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