With his foreign and domestic policies a total failure, George W. Bush's sole purpose now is to provide fodder for comedians.
Speaking in defense of his No Child Left Behind program this week in Washington, Bush uttered the words, "Childrens do learn". Apparently, Bush is a child who has been left behind.
Bush is not the only person in his administration acting like an undereducated child. Right before Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's speech at the UN Tuesday, the US delegation got up and walked out, apparently not smart or mature enough to understand the definition of diplomacy. Walking out during another country's speech is so totally a high school move. Will US diplomats short sheet Ahmadinejad's bed the next time he's in town?
Ahmadinejad was allowed to speak at Columbia University, but had to follow the worst introduction a speaker could get. Columbia President Lee Bollinger said that Ahmadinejad was a cruel, petty dictator, who lacked the courage and integrity to answer questions honestly. That's tough to follow, and I should know, since I got that same intro once at The Comic Strip.
Whatever happened to ,"Please give our next speaker the courtesy and attention you would want for yourself?" I can imagine how Lee Bollinger, who teaches a course in Freedom of Speech at Columbia, treats his students. "Before you give me the answer to that question, let me just say that I'm sure your response will be wildly off-base, and I think that you have no prospects whatsoever for ever succeeding in life. OK, what's your answer?" Bollinger should be forced to take Civility 101 before he's allowed to do another introduction.
Ahmadinejad was compared with, you guessed it, Hitler in an ad by a right-wing Jewish group. Comparing him to Hitler trivializes what Hitler did. Years ago, I heard someone say that George Steinbrenner, owner of the Yankees, was a Nazi because he kept firing managers. Yes, that's what the Nazis were known for, those constant managerial changes.
John McCain said he would be more comfortable with a Christian President, since the Constitution says the US was founded as a Christian nation. I guess separation of Church and State is about as popular today as civility.
Jesus would be pretty appalled to have John McCain taking his name in vain, since McCain was one of the "major" Republican Presidential candidates who skipped a debate dealing with minority issues and featuring black and Hispanic journalists. Jesus cared about the poor and the powerless. John McCain, Rudolph Giuliani, Mitt Romney and Fred Thompson think the poor and the powerless are Democratic voters who should be ignored.
When viewers on Fox News were asked who won the debate, they chose the four empty podiums. The loser, once again, was the rest of us.