Poor President Bush. Everywhere he goes, the handpicked, friendly audiences grill him with difficult questions. Fer Chrissakes, check out these hard questions he was forced to answer from an audience last week:
Q (Inaudible.) I want to thank you for coming back to Charlotte again. We certainly enjoyed your wife here a few weeks ago. Okay, thank you. But I just wanted not to ask a question, but just to offer you a message of encouragement. I know many men and women in this room and around our region—both Democrat and Republican—continue to pray for wisdom and encouragement for you and strength during these times. So we just want to continue to encourage you.OH, SNAP!
Q Right. And I wanted to say to you, Mr. President, that on the war on terror, Social Security, the tax cuts, Dubai Ports, immigration, you have shown immense political courage. And I really think that you will be vindicated on all of those positions, as Ronald Reagan was, for example. And also I wanted to know what else would it take for me to get my picture taken with you?ZING!
Q Yes, sir. Actually, I’m bringing a statement to you for a friend. Sahara Bozan (phonetic) is a young Iraqi woman who just came to America last year. She grew up under Saddam, and she actually worked for the U.S. forces during the war as an interpreter. I talked to her this week. She wanted to make sure that she knew—that you knew that her family that’s still there is grateful, that she thinks that even though there may be terrorists still going on, that they are safer now than they ever were before. And her goal is to one day meet you to thank you in person, because you have changed their lives. Even though we might not see that in the press, their lives are much better today than they were three, four years ago.OUCH!! THAT HAD TO HURT!!!
This pathetic display of slobbing the presidential knob went on and on, like it does in city after city. Is there anyone who can save us from this slobknobbery?
Dah-da-da-da! Yes! Our Saviour's name is Harry Taylor. Somehow he got through the screening process and actually derailed the script.
Go, Harry, it's your birfday:
Q You never stop talking about freedom, and I appreciate that. But while I listen to you talk about freedom, I see you assert your right to tap my telephone, to arrest me and hold me without charges, to try to preclude me from breathing clean air and drinking clean water and eating safe food. If I were a woman, you’d like to restrict my opportunity to make a choice and decision about whether I can abort a pregnancy on my own behalf. You are—(Thanks, Thinkprogress.)
THE PRESIDENT: I’m not your favorite guy. Go ahead. (Laughter and applause.) Go on, what’s your question?
Q Okay, I don’t have a question. What I wanted to say to you is that I—in my lifetime, I have never felt more ashamed of, nor more frightened by my leadership in Washington, including the presidency, by the Senate, and—
AUDIENCE MEMBERS: Booo!
THE PRESIDENT: No, wait a sec—let him speak.
Q And I would hope—I feel like despite your rhetoric, that compassion and common sense have been left far behind during your administration, and I would hope from time to time that you have the humility and the grace to be ashamed of yourself inside yourself. And I also want to say I really appreciate the courtesy of allowing me to speak what I’m saying to you right now. That is part of what this country is about.