more bush deceptiveness
Robbed by a Fountain Pen has a great take on the pains Bush's image doctors take to portray the President of the United States as a "non-politician."
To underscore that he’s not a captive of Washington, President Bush’s Christmas card this year is postmarked Crawford, Texas, although the return address reads, “The White House, Washington, D.C. 20500.” But the record 1.7 million cards the Bushes sent were too much to handle for the Crawford post office, which is a two-person operation. To accommodate Bush’s down-home image, the post office arranged for the cards to be stamped in Austin, where a special dye was ordered to authenticate the Crawford postmark. Bush, who spent Christmas at Camp David, is apparently the first president to insist on an out-of-town postmark.
Let's recap: the cards were stamped and mailed from Austin, distributed to a mailing list compiled in Washington, DC, and signed by an autopen for a man that spent Christmas at the presidential retreat at Camp David. Crawford had about as much to do with it as I did.
Time after time, this Administration has rolled out policies that would be wildly unpopular if their true nature were known, and to compensate, has insisted that the policies are something they are not - often, the exact opposite. (Have a budget with numbers that do not add up? Call that criticism fuzzy math. Got a tax cut for the very wealthiest people? Call it tax relief for everyone. Need to sell a logging plan? Say it's for forest health.) They've clearly discovered the power of shamelessness.
That Bush went to such lengths to convince convince recipients that the cards - and the senders - are something they are not seems like a fitting year-end metaphor for his regime.
By the way, if memory serves me right, Bush purchased his Crawford ranch just before, or in the early stages of, the 2000 Presidential campaign.