Monday, February 19, 2007

There he goes again!

We've seen Iraq compared to World War II, with President Bush playing the implied role of President FDR. We've seen Iraq become postwar Germany and Japan, presided over by a patient, optimistic Bush-as-President Truman. We've even seen Iraq become the American civil war, with President Bush as this generation's Abraham Lincoln, doing his best to bring together the warring parties in Mesopotamia. Today, we have another vivid analogy. From Mount Vernon this morning, we heard the following from the President:

"Today, we're fighting a new war to defend our liberty and our people and our way of life," said Bush, standing in front of Washington's home and above a mostly frozen Potomac River.

"And as we work to advance the cause of freedom around the world, we remember that the father of our country believed that the freedoms we secured in our revolution were not meant for Americans alone."

Bush went on to say that he and the first President even shared George and W in their names. Onlookers described his tone as "joking," but given the extravagant comparisons made previously, and his own claim that he has liberated more people than any modern President, I'm sure the President was dead serious. George Washington can't even swallow after saying that.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ok, just trying to keep track. So far, W has compared himself with . . .


anyone else?

Can you say massive low self esteme compensation issues?

6:34 PM  
Blogger buckarooskidoo said...

bush hasn't done so explicitly, because there isn't enough glory there for him, but some people have described him as "wilsonian." i don't take that as a was wilson's poor or non-existent knowledge of the ethnic landscape of europe that was at least partially responsible for the hash that was called the "new europe" in the l920s.

bush hasn't exactly cornered the market on smarts or expertise re this war of his, either, beginning with his description of it as a "crusade." it's been all downhill since then.

7:23 PM  

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