How can one read the musings of President Bush at the G-8 conference and not come away with the idea that our nation’s leader is not operating on eight cylinders? The live microphone picked up comments by the unaware group of leaders. President Bush was heard to say the following:
Yo Blair, what're you doing? Are you leaving?
You eight hours? Me too. Russia's a big country and you're a big country. Takes him eight hours to fly home.
Not Coke, diet Coke. ...
Russia's big and so is China.
We've got to keep this thing moving. I have to leave at 2:15. They want me out of town so to free up your security forces.
Bush also remarked that some of the speakers at the meeting had the tendency to talk too long. (I wonder what the direct quote was for the last comment regarding speaker length. Was it “Damn this guy is boring" or "I don’t have time to listen to this crap?”)
How do other leaders view President Bush based on his comments at international gatherings? Has any group done that research? I would suggest Condi get some feedback, but then she would have to present it to the President. Might that start more modern day head rolling? The question is whose heads, Condi’s or the leaders that failed to rank President Bush as “excellent”?
The White House Press Office when asked about the President's remarks said "they speak for themselves." Yes, they do unfortunately...