May 27, 2009
Pity and loathing
I'm still working through my feelings about this Newsweek piece regarding George W. Bush's not-exactly-triumphant return to Texas. I don't know if the author realized he was basically writing about Norma Desmond, but that's the main impression I got from the piece, even as it went out of its way to be as sympathetic to this pathetic little man as it could. I guess I'm glad that he's decided to remain in the bubble he's inhabited for this century, as it likely reduces the odds of there being more written about him any time soon. At the very least, he's not following Dick Cheney's example for how to behave post-Presidency, and for that we can all be grateful. Thanks to Elise for the link.
Posted by Charles Kuffner on May 27, 2009 to The making of the President
George W and Laura are doing just fine, thank you, and just a received an award in Houston for their humanitarian work in Africa. Dan Duncan is working on buying one for their humanitarian work in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Few things at this point in my life leave me speechless. This did.
The only thing I'll give that man credit for is his AIDS in Africa efforts, which really were an improvement over Clinton's (while Clinton was in office; since then his foundation has done good work there). I disagreed with the abstinence preaching aspects of those efforts (because I doubted the efficacy of that part of the plan), but overall it was his biggest and possibly only success.