Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Very Seriously

Today President Bush said he takes climate change "very seriously." Here's a Mini-Hall of Fame of other important issues the President has taken "very seriously" in the past:

1. Iraq Study Group Report: Bush said the report "will be taken very seriously by this administration." Result? Report recommendations totally ignored.

2. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad: Bush said, "it's very important for us to take his words very seriously." Result? Nuclear advancement!

3. New Democratic Congress: Bush told the new Congressional leaders in December 2006, "I take your ideas very seriously." Result? Bush rejects any Democratic involvement in Iraq policy. For example, at today's press conference Bush accused the Democrats of being "more interested in fighting political battles in Washington than providing our troops what they need." Oh, really?

4. Bush's Decision to Invade Iraq: Bush told Brit Hume he left the Situation Room for a solo walk where he "thought very seriously, a serious reflection about what I had just done, and said a prayer or two." Result? 3,257 dead American soldiers and counting. No funeral attendance. Walter Reed scandal. The Surge. Etc.

Bonus: It runs in the family! Jeb Bush to Florida on Hurricane Ernesto in August 2006: "Take this storm very seriously." To be fair, most likely Jeb actually meant it.

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