Much Ado About Not Much
As expected, the media is making a big stink, so to speak, about President Bush's latest unscripted moment. The China Daily prints a duplicitous headline: "Bush Curses Hezbollah During G-8 Luncheon" He didn't, though he would have been right if he had.
So what did he actually say? "The irony is, what they really need to do is to get Syria to get Hezbollah to stop doing this shit, and it’s over.
” Big deal. I'll bet money you've heard worse at work or school. I hear worse on the bus or walking down the street. Most of us have probably said worse.
And what's with all this bogus righteous indignation from the left anyway? Aren't they the defenders of free speech? If it's good for Howard Stern and Janet Jackson then why not W? Hypocrisy, thy name is liberal nutcase.
Our kids are subjected to this kind of talk almost daily. My wife has to hear it in stores and restauarants. So please, don't expect me to get worked up over the President using this vulgarity in a private, candid conversation with a friend and ally. You want to get mad? Get mad about the media eavesdropping on two world leaders' discussion. I'm not nearly as worried about the NSA's surveillance of telecommunications as I am about the media's delight in telling us everything they hear. This was just a candid lunchtime chat. But in recent months the media has revealed classified information and programs, damaging our national security efforts.
The media wants to make a major issue out the imaginary outing of a "covert" agent who was telling all her friends and neighbors she worked for the CIA. At the same time the New York Times admits to revealing classified government programs and efforts. To quote the greatest President of the 20th century, "under World War II circumstances, [they] would have been charged with treason.
If there's a story here it isn't the President's language. I'll go so far as to say that Bush's choice of expletive will endear him even more to most Americans. As always, his demeanor and language, rustic though they may be, reassure us that he is more like us than most in politics. You can picture Bush chatting with you just the way he chats with Tony Blair. And that's a good thing.