President Bush’s handlers worked hard to spin his recent series of gaffes by “noting Bush’s informal style”. The President’s bumbling at the G-8 conference ranged from an impromptu shoulder rub for German P.M Angela Merkel to his unleashing a four letter word which he chased down with a hot buttered roll while continuing the conversation mouth full.
So how are the White House message boys spinning the Bush faux pas?
Informality can be a sign of a special rapport between leaders.
Special rapport? Angela cringed as if hot oil had been poured down her back under Bush’s magic fingers. Tony Blair looked like Lenny’s handler in the Grapes of Wrath. Instead of a cute mouse, the lives in play involved millions in Southern Lebanon and Northern Israel. Not only did George plan with his buddy Olmert to kill the mouse, they left Tony to lead the clean up.
Here’s how good the Fumbler in Chief is. Without any foreign dignitaries, all alone on the podium in front of the press President Bush said yesterday:
And one of the things I will continue to remind our friends and allies is the danger of a nuclear-armed Iraq.
Does the President’s informality extend to calling any country in the region by a cute nickname? He meant Iran but he said Iraq. Sure, innocent mistakes can be made, but in the past the White House website would not such a thing in parenthesis (Correction: the President meant to say ____). How did this latest fumble get translated?
And one of the things I will continue to remind our friends and allies is the danger of a nuclear-armed Iran.
Those spinners must work overtime finding and correcting the U.S. President’s bloopers. To think they won’t get a break until January 2009. That is one American job that is secure.