It still surprises me when I hear people say they honestly believe President Bush has done, or is doing, a great job in the Oval Office.
Off the top of my head, I can't think of anything he's accomplished that's made the average American's quality of life better over the last seven-and-a-half years. President Bush is not 100 percent responsible for the current state of affairs the United States of America finds itself in, but he is responsible for doing nothing to try and make things better.
He doesn't try to negotiate about oil production with oil-rich nations or with OPEC; he hasn't done anything to address rising inflation and the falling value of the U.S. dollar; and he doesn't come out and chastise the Democratic-led Congress for sitting on its hands rather than coming up with new policies that might help jump start the economy, such as rebuilding the country's infrastructure, or creating a scenario like the Manhattan Project only for green energy and alternative fuel sources.
In any case, it blows my mind to hear people talk on CNN, post messages on blogs, or write letters to the editor supporting President Bush and his approach to leadership as chief executive of the United States of America. We are in the middle of the worst economic tailspin this country has seen since President Jimmy Carter was in office, and Bush is sitting back doing nothing, coasting through his final days as the leader of the free world.
Thank God we only have 199 days left until he leaves 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue forever, and a new president will be sworn in. Let's just hope the next president doesn't take a year or more to settle into office, choose his cabinet and get down to the business of turning this country around, or at least steering it onto a better course.
One thing is for sure: the next president will be a better orator than numb-nuts over there, and will never get quoted saying things like this:
"You've also got to measure in order to begin to effect change that's just more - when there's more than talk, there's just actual - a paradigm shift." -- Washington D.C., July 1, 2003
"I'm looking for a good night's sleep on the soil of a friend." -- From an interview with the Danish Broadcasting System about his upcoming trip to Denmark, June 2005
"I am determined to keep the process on the road to peace." -- Washington D.C., June 2003
"I'm also not very analytical. You know, I don't spend a lot of time thinking about myself, about why I do things." -- Aboard Air Force One, June 2003
"This case has had full analyzation and has been looked at a lot. I understand the emotionality of death penalty cases." -- Seattle Post-Intelligencer, June 23, 2000
"I know what I believe. I will continue to articulate what I believe and what I believe - I believe what I believe is right." -- Rome, Italy, June 22, 2001
"I was going to say he's a piece of work but that might not translate too well. Is that all right, if I call you a 'piece of work?'" -- to the prime minister of Luxembourg, June 20, 2005
"I'm sure you can imagine it's an unimaginable honor to live here." -- The White House, June 2001
"I just want you to know that, when we talk about war, we're really talking about peace." -- Washington D.C., June 18, 2002
And of course, everyone's favorite quote from President George W. Bush:
"There's an old saying in Tennessee - I know it's in Texas, probably in Tennessee - that says, fool me once - shame on - shame on you. Fool me - you fool me - you can't get fooled again." -- Nashville, Tennessee, September 2002