Monday, September 26, 2005

Hate to burst your Bubble, Boy

Rita's Lessons

The president didn't look all that relieved or happy, however. His eyes were puffy from lack of sleep (he had been awakened all through the night with bulletins), and he seemed cranky and fidgety. A group of reporters and photographers had been summoned by White House handlers to capture a photo op of the commander in chief at his post. Bush stared at them balefully. He rocked back and forth in his chair, furiously at times, asked no questions and took no notes. It almost seemed as though he resented having to strike a pose for the press.

Doesn't this excerpt suggest that Bush is not all that experienced managing crises? It seems that Bush is not used to being "awakened all through the night with bulletins." I wonder how a man can be president for four and half years and not be used to all-night bulletins.

Seems that there were some somewhat significant events during his time in office that might have cut into his beauty sleep. 9/11. Afghanistan. Iraq. Madrid. London. Katrina.

Has he not been disturbed during these events? Was he sleeping through the night during all of them? It certainly would be part of a pattern; when the White House was evacuated because of an errant plane, it was reported that Bush wasn't even notified, that his bike ride was undisturbed.

So, now he is receiving these nuisance updates, being propped up in front of the cameras, and is resentful about it. I thought he had been doing "hard work?" This crisis management stuff should be a piece of cake for him.


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