Last night on the Daily Show (rerun from the night before), Senator Biden inadvertently boosted Barak Obama's presidential campaign. Early in his first term, President Bush asked him, as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, to come over to the white house and brief him on Europe. When Biden arrived the President said, "I'm going to Europe for the first time." Biden said, "As president?" No. For the first time in GWB's life.
How can Barak Obama be any more inexperienced than that!
Biden recounted how confused the President was over Chancellor Schroeder, the recently elected German head of state who was a member of The Green Party. "Why is there such friction with him?" asked the man who pulled us out of the Kyoto accord.
Although I am adverse to calling Bush an idiot, his cluelessness in this instance was idiotic. Further evidence that Bush lives in a bubble surrounded by sycophants and cronies hand-picked by the Machine, who give him bad advice which he trusts too much. Not stupid precisely, but certainly naive. Obama, I feel, would be his own man. Bush is enamoured of the mystique of being President, I think. He likes being insulated, contemplating his place in history, crafting his image as a righteous defender of democratic liberty. In other words, he's deluded by the very people who should be challenging him. If he is a King, like many are saying, he's not George III, he is Richard II.