At a recent White House reception for freshman members of Congress, Virginia's newest senator tried to avoid President Bush. Democrat James Webb declined to stand in a presidential receiving line or to have his picture taken with the man he had often criticized on the stump this fall. But it wasn't long before Bush found him.
"How's your boy?" Bush asked, referring to Webb's son, a Marine serving in Iraq.
"I'd like to get them out of Iraq, Mr. President," Webb responded, echoing a campaign theme.
"That's not what I asked you," Bush said. "How's your boy?"
"That's between me and my boy, Mr. President," Webb said coldly, ending the conversation on the State Floor of the East Wing of the White House.
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No seriously, it's good that five years later, the post-9/11 hysteria is ending and it's finally OK to call the president a clown. But it also doesn't make sense that the same guys who criticize them on the campaign will stand next to him for nicey-nice handshake pictures and say good things about him. I think they need to start calling him out on his clownishness, like this. Don't give respect where it isn't earned.
I think that's part of why Kerry lost. Because he stood ten feet from Bush during the debates, and listened to the same insane, genocidal drivel coming out of Bush's mouth that we all did, and yet he actually gave Bush the respect he would have been deserving of if he was making sense.
He should have stood at the podium, waited till Bush finished, then said "What the FUCK did he just say?" He would have won in a landslide. That's why the Democrats swept Congress — nobody likes Bush, and when the Democrats finally started pointing out what a fuckup he was, they won in a landslide. It's too bad it took them six years to start being honest, but it's a good start.