When President Bush speaks without the benefit of a carefully-prepared script, we get a better look at his real persona, not an image produced by Karl Rove and any other professional handlers. Two examples:
• first, sanctimoniously portraying his Iraq invasion as a “crusade;” and
• second, on a crass and tasteless note, equally showing us his true moral character, and his crude contempt for anyone he dislikes or perhaps just wants to make fun of, this event from September 4, 2000 in Naperville, Illinois. Oblivious to the microphone and thinking he was speaking privately to Cheney, with no voters listening, Mr. Bush referred to the New York Times' reporter Adam Clymer as a "Major League Asshole." Cheney, rather than counsel Mr. Bush to speak more dignifiably, supported the vulgarity by replying simply, "Big time."
But did he regret making such a crude remark? No. Does he show a mature adult sensibility in being willing actually to apologize for his childish vulgarity? Actually take responsibility? Not this candidate. And he continues this disregard for personal accountability into his presidency.
Ladies and gentlemen, do you want your children to grow up thinking and talking like the President? "Major League Asshole." If George W. Bush uses this vulgar language when he thinks you don’t hear him, why doesn't he use such colorful verbiage in his State of the Union message? "Major League Asshole." Do you consider such crudeness appropriate for arguably the most politically powerful man on the planet? If so, why?
To those who respect Mr. Bush for his supposedly Christian morals and principles (referring here to issues far more significant than this language), would you welcome Mr. Bush's epithet in your pulpit and your bulletin articles? If not, why not? He is the leader of our country, after all. Why would you not quote him?
Would anyone find it inappropriate if I applied Mr. Bush's own anal insults to him? Unbecoming? Crass? Somehow wrong? If so, why?
Do you resist or resent this line of thought simply because he sits in an Oval Office? As if that somehow renders him magically and mysteriously beyond reproach? Consider the irony of that objection.
If our President can glibly spout off such smutty terms, why can't we lower ourself to his gutter level?
Do you consider it crude here on my webpage? Does this somehow offend you? If so, why? I’m just quoting my president. I’m using presidential vocabulary.
"Restoring honor and dignity to the White House," he said.
Which does "Major League Asshole" demonstrate?
What else does he say when he thinks no sensible voters can hear him? Beyond the indiscretions of Mr. Bush's childish potty mouth, maybe he has more serious reasons, selfishly speaking, to undermine the Presidential Records Act.