president bush, when asked what he considered the best moment thus far in his five years in office:
you know, i've experienced many great moments and it's hard to name the best ... i would say the best moment of all was when i caught a 7.5 pound perch in my lake. (may 7)
for once i believe him.
(hat tip to reuters.)
leave it to digby over at hullabaloo to mine bush's pathos to its proper depth:
there are, imo, only three ways to understand this comment, assuming it's true. quite possibly it's the pathetic whine of a deeply, perhaps clinically. depressed man who believes himself a total failure. or maybe this is a man so uninterested in his job, let alone in serving his country, that he has no business whatsoever being president. or perhaps this is simply an arrogant bastard who holds in utter contempt anyone who dares to ask him a question, so he responds with the stupidest thing he can say. (obviously, nothing precludes all three or some combination of two.)
to be all pre-emptive about it, someone's bound to comment that maybe this just shows how much of a down-to-earth regular guy bush is. yeah? all the down-to-earth regular guys i know don't have their own lake, fer chrissakes. those people are filthy rich, even if they wear jeans on their estates. but there's a character thing here, too. the down-to-earth people i know who hold important jobs are mighty proud of of what they do and mighty happy with their achievements. and they can tick them off without thinking too hard about what they might be. and, even as a joke, they don't talk about catching a big perch when a newspaper asks them to name their best moment in more than five years. they name their accomplishments. or, if they're trying to play up the down-to-earthiness, they name their children or something they did with their spouse. (may 7)