I miss George Bush

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Excerpt from The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America’s War in Afghanistan by Michael Hastings:

After the talk, out of earshot from the soldiers and diplomats, he starts to complain. He starts to act very un-Obamalike, according to a U.S. embassy official who helped organize the trip in Baghdad.

He’s asked to go out to take a few more pictures with soldiers and embassy staffers. He’s asked to sign copies of his book. “He didn’t want to take pictures with any more soldiers; he was complaining about it,” a State Department official tells me.

“Look, I was excited to meet him. I wanted to like him. Let’s just say the scales fell from my eyes after I did. These are people over here who’ve been fighting the war, or working every day for the war effort, and he didn’t want to take fucking pictures with them?”

To put the likelihood this is an accurate quote, keep in mind that Michael Hastings is a Leftist and NO FAN of the military. Remember the Rolling Stone hit piece that got General McChrystal canned?  Hastings wrote it.

To put Obama’s dismissive attitude toward personal meet-and-greets into perspective, note that he’s “grateful” for soldiers’ service to him as a backdrop to his speech.

I have heard from many sources, including my own kid who met George Bush a few years ago, that HE didn’t just bother himself with such courtesies. He relished the opportunities.

AND … again from personal, first-hand, word of mouth … he put all the emphasis on the soldiers, NOT on himself. My kid reported three things in particular.

She was whelmed at how personally he greeted them, really looked into their eyes and thanked them effusively and genuinely for their service.

He told them he’d just come from a difficult meeting and was so grateful there were Marines on the South Lawn to greet him, because it cheered him up so much to see them. (I looked up his schedule. He’d been talking to Democrats.)

He personally reminded his staffer to be sure and get each warrior’s name and address so they would be certain to receive a copy of the official photograph.

Some people are really good at lying — i.e., being convincing with the language that comes out their mouths. But convincing body language is a whole other thing. It’s what separates the really talented actors from the rest of us.

Obama and Bush are not actors; they’re politicians. Even more compelling, they’re presidents who were photographed hundreds of times a day for years. I have learned all I needed to know about these two men just from studying photographs like these.


Chrissy’s Site Bites: http://news.webshots.com/photo/2946218760056011884jzajRcV


Chrissy’s Site Bites: http://news.webshots.com/photo/2183718960056011884uSzfZC

SOURCES:
The book quote above is @ http://www.buzzfeed.com/buzzfeedpolitics/book-depicts-cranky-obama-on-baghdad-visit
The book description is @ http://www.amazon.com/dp/0399159886/?tag=buzz0f-20
H/t to Pistol Pete’s Grudge Report @ https://polination.wordpress.com/2012/01/13/the-friday-grudge-22/

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9 responses to “I miss George Bush

  1. A.Men

    I miss George W. Bush and Laura. Real dignity for the Office of the President of the United States of America.

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  2. What A Hoot

    I think Obama puts his head up in defiance; will not have a bowed head when there is praying to the Christ/God/Holy Spirit. If there is a remote chance a speaker may insert a prayer, he is ready. No bowing, not even the head.

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    • chrissythehyphenated

      That picture always makes me think of The Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector (Luke 18:9-14)

      9 To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everyone else, Jesus told this parable: 10 “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11 The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people—robbers, evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax collector. 12 I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.’

      13 “But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’

      14 “I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”

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  3. Pistol Pete

    Bush is a man with a set of testicles–Obama is an empty jockstrap.
    Just my .02

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