George W. Bush An Honest Man
During a visit in recent days to Abu Dhabi the president's father, former President George Herbert Walker Bush, also known as Bush Senior, was jeered by an audience of Arabs when he stated:
"My son is an honest man."We sympathize with the former president's earnest attempt to defend his son. However, we agree with the Arab audience and find the description of George Walker Bush as an "honest man" to be one of the most outrageous we've heard with regard to our current president. Earlier this year we pointed out the only conditions when, "George Walker Bush, President Tells The Truth"
Many of the truths the president has told us have been disclosed while jesting with reporters and not really admitting he means what he is saying. The problem, as we see it, is that when the job of president calls for the leader to be forthright and honest about policies and actions taken by his administration, he equivocates and deliberately misleads us.
He makes up words in order to muddy the meaning and put forth his version of "what-had-happened-was". He even outright lies-- repeatedly; and then admits the lies two years later; or in the case of the Rumsfeld firing/resignation he admits one week later he lied about Rummy's tenure with the Bush administration.
"This son is not going to back away; he's not going to change his view because some poll says this or some poll says that, or some heartfelt comments from the lady who feels deeply in her heart about something....You can't be President of the United States and conduct yourself if you're going to cut and run. This is going to work out in Iraq. I understand the anxiety. It's not easy." George H.W. Bush speaking in defense of his son, President George W. BushThe preceding statement is from a man who, while president, went into the Middle East with a full understanding of his political limitations. He understood resources and manpower were limited; he recognized, quite prudently, an extended war in the area with no clear-cut plan for leaving, would bankrupt our country. He wrote a book on the subject. Obviously a tome his son eschewed.
The current quote from the former President Bush "This son is not going to back away..." seems to tell us his son, George W. will continue to disregard, ignore, tune-out the opinions and recommendations of his advisors as well as the public opinion.
With regard to his lack of integrity, as far as we're concerned, we wish President George Walker Bush really had Pinocchio's nose.
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