Friday, August 27, 2004

Bush's New York Times Interview

A site that I don't visit, or link to, often enough is Slacktivist. The proprietor just posted on our President's recent interview with the Paper of Record. Enlightening to say the least.

Highlights (NYT Article text in italics):
On environmental issues, Mr. Bush appeared unfamiliar with an administration report delivered to Congress on Wednesday that indicated that emissions of carbon dioxide and other heat-trapping gases were the only likely explanation for global warming over the last three decades. Previously, Mr. Bush and other officials had emphasized uncertainties in understanding the causes and consequences of global warming.

The new report was signed by Mr. Bush's secretaries of energy and commerce and his science adviser. Asked why the administration had changed its position on what causes global warming, Mr. Bush replied, "Ah, we did? I don't think so."

"Ah, we did?" Yes, you did.

It gets worse. The president is asked about North Korea:

Showing none of the alarm about the North's growing arsenal that he once voiced regularly about Iraq, he opened his palms and shrugged when an interviewer noted that new intelligence reports indicate that the North may now have the fuel to produce six or eight nuclear weapons.

He "opened his palms and shrugged." He shrugged. The strong, decisive, tough-on-terror leader man freaking shrugged.

In the immortal word of Sugar, Mr. Poon?: Um.

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