Ah, the great, deeply religious leader whom everyone looks to at time of peril is really a peasant when it comes to international diplomacy. I guess everyone knows by now that Bush was caught in an unguarded moment (similar to the one where he proclaimed a member of the press was a “major league asshole”) during one of the G8 discussions. He did not realise his mic was on and the world got a close look at Bush’s command of international diplomacy and his penchant for jumping from one topic to another without regard for other around him.
Here are some comments from the exchange.
His command of internation diplomacy :
- Bush turned to Blair and said: “See the irony is what they need to do is get Syria to get Hezbollah to stop doing this shit and it’s over.”
- “What about Kofi Annan?” Bush asked Blair. “I don’t like the sequence of it. His attitude is basically cease-fire and everything else happens.” “I think the thing that is really difficult is you can’t stop this unless you get this international presence agreed,” responded Blair.
His regard for his colleagues :
- In another segment in which the president was apparently speaking to an aide who asked about his plan for upcoming remarks, Mr. Bush said, “I’m just going to make it up, right here — I’m not going to talk too damn long like the rest of them.” […]
His regard for patience in G8 settings :
- At another moment, Mr. Bush was clearly itching to return to the White House, saying to someone, “Good job, gotta keep this thing moving — I gotta’ leave at 2:15 — you’ll want me out of town so to free up your security forces.’’ .
- “Gotta go home. Got something to do tonight,” Mr. Bush said, then, apparently turning to Mr. Hu, adding, “How about you? When are you going home?”
Nothing in the entire exchange screamed “The President Of United States Of America”. This is the mind of the a redneck farmer who is trying to show everyone around who’s the boss and ends up making a fool of himself.