Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Idiot President: The Sequel?

You know, you have to give it to the president. We mean, the guy is so happily clueless he's in a relationship with reality that it usually takes us the better part of a quart of Stoly to achieve. Today he finds himself in Florida where he's trying to explain why the incomprehensible Medicare prescription drug benefit plan is really quite simple. "If you like what I did in Iraq and you liked what I did after Katrina, you'll love my drug plan," the president told a crowd of seniors shortly after they had received afternoon meds.

In a Herculean attempt to avoid asking the president any meaningful questions, reporters assembled from the local Day Jobs office were forced to ask Bush if he thought his brother Jeb would run for president in 2008. "I would like to see Jeb run at some point in time, but I have no idea if that's his intention or not," Bush said. "It would be interesting to see if he could do as good a job as I have."

Jeb Bush, 53, will end his second term as governor in January. His brother George ends his second presidential term in January 2009. Neither can seek re-election because of term limits.

Wow. So there is a God.

Former President George H.W. Bush told CNN's "Larry King Live" last year that he would like Jeb Bush to run one day and that he would be "awfully good" as president. Or did he say "awful as president?" The transcript isn't clear.

The brothers Bush appeared together Tuesday during the president's visit to the Tampa area. Governor Bush was waiting on the tarmac when Air Force One arrived and greeted the president with a politician's handshake and "Welcome to Florida." The president brushed aside the formality and playfully adjusted his younger brother's necktie until the Governor's face tuned red and he collapsed, causing paramedics to be summoned. "That's for telling dad about my Playboys when I was in seventh grade," the president was heard to say as he stood over his brother.

The governor was not with the president during his visit to The Puerto Rican Club of Central Florida in Orlando because he was afraid it would pull down his poll numbers. Bush was 45 minutes into his speech when an aide informed him that the audience did not speak English. "Really," the president replied. "Let's get more audiences like this. I don't want what happened to Rummy to happen to me."

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