Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Happy Fourth Anniversary Mission Accomplished!

The pundit who went the loopiest about Bush in his bunny suit was of course Chris Matthews. Anybody who doesn't see something vaguely repressed homoerotic in the way Matthews worships certain guys like he did Bush is living in a state of denial.

And that's the president looking very much like a jet, you know, a high-flying jet star. A guy who is a jet pilot. Has been in the past when he was younger, obviously....

He won the war. He was an effective commander. Everybody recognizes that, I believe, except a few critics...

He looks for real. What is it about the commander in chief role, the hat that he does wear, that makes him -- I mean, he seems like -- he didn't fight in a war, but he looks like he does.

We're proud of our president. Americans love having a guy as president, a guy who has a little swagger, who's physical. Women like a guy who's president. Check it out. The women like this war. I think we like having a hero as our president.

Like I said, Chris Matthews has some issues.

To the topic at hand, the whole Mission Accomplished thing is a typical example of how this administration works. PR Spin that doesn't match the reality. Bush in a flight suit, showing off his package. To this date, not one airman from Alabama remembers Bush serving. Bush was even more cocky and arrogant at the time according to the reports. His dad had already served a term as a congressman from Texas, and was moving up the GOP ladder. Bush would not be forgettable. But this has been dropped, like it doesn't matter. His last name ain't Clinton though.

The other thing that is typical of how they operate is when the whole Mission Accomplished thing was obviously ridiculous, the White House tried to blame the troops for the banner. Their lack of accountability, bad mistakes, obnoxious PR, and blame shifting all came together on that magic moment on May 1, 2003.