Hopey Changey Bipartisany Bush!

I’ve been puzzling all week since this happened last Saturday (January 30, from the pool report).

President Bush 41, with former Fla. Gov. Jeb Bush rolled up to the White House at 9:35 for a meeting with POTUS. At 10:09, the two emerged to fat, driving snow flakes. Responding to a called question, 41 said only, “Good meeting. Good meeting.”

But it does intrigue–nay, concern–me that Jeb! started preaching the gospel of bipartisanship shortly thereafter.

The capper came Thursday when, at the top of the 7 o’clock hour, right after Vice President Joe Biden, Bush made a rare network television appearance on NBC’s Today Show. The intensely private Bush’s interview with the overly familiar Matt Lauer rattled Florida political circles.

[snip]Bush’s comments about Crist’s support for President Barack Obama’s economic stimulus plan got the most attention, but his call for Democrats and Republicans to work together was the biggest clue to his national ambitions.

“I think that leaders on both sides of the aisle need to figure out where there is common ground and at least focus on that,” he said. “It’s one thing to give a good speech. The other thing is to invite people that don’t agree exactly with your point of view to build consensus.”

  1. orionATL says:

    well, i’ve been waiting for jeb bush to begin his presidential drive.

    this seems a little early,

    given that his brother has not yet been rehabilitated.

    it is amazing – or maybe predictable – that that our dem prez would provide the bushes with cover to begin a drive early.

    what tangled webs we weave!

    (especially when we don’t know how the hell to govern a nation.)

  2. Leen says:

    The Bush family feels no shame. 43 was sad that Jeb did not look like he was on the path to the Presidency.

    Now seriously I celebrate men crying (know it’s not easy) but I don’t think 43 would ever cry for the people who have been killed due to an unnecessary and illegal war…but for his sons….43 will cry.

    Bush Sr. cries while talking about his son’s loss

    Now that it looks like the right wing radicals have knocked out the more moderate Crist. We know the Bush family has no humility, no shame…They could break all records being the first family to have three Bush’s who served themselves in the White House. Shameful just fucking shameful.

    Hell 43 looked like a leftie after his son was finished with the world

  3. SaltinWound says:

    On first reading, I thought that intrigue-nay was piglatin. Then I realized nintrigue is not a word.

    • skdadl says:

      lol. That’s just the way EW does her dashes.

      Me, I do spaced EN dashes — comme ça — but that’s force of habit from my old job. Publishers have different styles.

    • prostratedragon says:

      O bless your heart!

      And bless EW for noticing that Jeb was part of that delegation. I reckon they’ll meet with a few more of the prepared this time around, and hope that it matters.

    • Leen says:

      Have you ever seen Poppy Bush cry for all of the people who have lost their lives due to his son’s war based on a bunch of lies? Hell no. Cries for his sons. What an ego maniac

  4. DWBartoo says:

    Interesting “world view” ole Jeb has: “Its one thing to give a good speech. The other thing is to invite people that don’t exactly agree with your point of view to build consensus.”

    President Obama, true fabulist that he is, invites Bush’s, 43 and wannabe forty-sumthin’, being as these are (apparently) the only “people” who “matter” … to a tea-party of sorts, and the hopey changey youie can believey innie goes Bush-league bipartisan (provin’ the ole umpty-dimensional-chess- master was right, really right , all along).

    Appears to me that Barack Obama is about as close to the Bu$h family as ole Bill Clinton.

    It’s a chummy kinda thing … the “right” crowd (and no crowding), kinda like “networking” among the hoi polloi, but this is divine righteously hoity-toity.

    However, the little people of the nation, those “too small to matter” deserve some respect for having the maturity to elect a person of color as president.

    No doubt, we will soon elect our first female to this august position.

    One assumes that will be to our credit, as well …


    • BayStateLibrul says:

      Yes. I look forward to our first female prez….

      Men have behaved badly in the WH.

      I’m still pissed that ole 41 missed Teddy’s funeral. He gave

      a lame excuse, son Georgie will represent the family (fuck you excuse)

      • DWBartoo says:

        Kinda depends on who SHE is, BSL, it’s a question of Sarah-dippity, becuz methinks we’re being set up for the demagogues …

        What was it Henry Lewis, ole Mencken hisownself, used to say?

        “Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard.”

        But H.L. was an incurable optimist who declared, “A politician is an animal that can sit on a fence and keep both ears to the ground.”

        Ah, to be so hopeful, so sanguine, so boisterously full of happy thoughts, to be spread like rose pedals over a sour and unforgiving terrain …


  5. bozhidar says:

    Amazingly how that one party splits asunder in two to twenty wings when it comes to some issues or basic rights, but the two to twenty segments becoming solid one party when it comes to waging wars, etc.

    I think that is called “Greatness of America”; salted with “God Bless America”.

    What’s any pol in comparison to that? Especially, in view that pols come and go but the system stays! tnx

  6. sundog says:

    Message to Obama: I’m not interested in bipartisanship, I’m interested in getting things done for the American people. Of course, from my perspective, bipartisanship is just Obama trying to cover his ass for not giving the American people what they want. Seriously, dude, start behaving like a leader and less like a peace maker. The Republicans don’t want peace, they want war, and so far, they’re the only ones fighting. O.K., you get some points for last weeks conference with them, but it still isn’t going to get them on board with you, and the Bushies aren’t going to bring them around to you either.

    Clue up.

  7. readerOfTeaLeaves says:

    But it does intrigue–nay, concern–me that Jeb! started preaching the gospel of bipartisanship shortly thereafter.

    Color me intrigue-nayed, too.