Perhaps I am a dim bulb, but President Bush has never surprised me, and that is probably why I have never felt let down or “betrayed” by him. He is, in essentials, precisely who he has ever been. He did not surprise me when he managed, in August of 2001, to find a morally workable solution in the matter of Embryonic Stem Cells. He did not surprise me when, a month later, he stood on a pile of rubble and lifted a broken city from its knees. When my NYFD friends told me of the enormous consolation and strength he brought to his meetings with grieving families, I was not surprised.
I am feeling agreeable so to The Anchoress, I’ll say, yes, perhaps you are a dim bulb.
This is the Bush Apologist at her purest. The praising of Bush for his response to the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks when what anyone with the ability to think critically would recognize as one of the greatest failures ever by a president.
There’s the standard misrepresentation by the conservatives too…
There were no surprises when he went after an Iraq which everyone believed had WMD…
As Wolcott points out, The Anchoress writes like Peggy Noonan at her most shrill although even Noonan has shown an inclination of late to throw Bush under the bus. She at least recognizes Bush is an anchor to sink the conservative movement whereas The Anchoress just can’t seem to understand that if everyone is running away from George W. Bush, it is because he is a monster and not the hero she wishes him to be.
But what really shows how dishonest or insufferably unobservant The Anchoress to be was this:
When my NYFD friends told me…
Would anyone who really has friends on the Fire Department write “NYFD?” I’ve only visited New York twice in my life. Once on my honeymoon and once after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks when the New York Times wrote an editorial pleading for tourists to return to the city to save the city’s economy. I passed by many fire stations on that grim day caused by Bush’s inattention to the numerous warnings given to him of an impending attack. (Just as he ignored the Hurricane Katrina warnings later.)
And I know this. Anchoress, it is FDNY. This is a long standing point of pride with the firefighters and EMS workers. It is not the kind of mistake anyone who really has friends on the FDNY would ever make.
The Anchoress is not attached to reality in believing the American public failed Bush and not the other way around. Nor is she much attached to telling the truth. And those explain why she is able to be a proud supporter of George W. Bush.