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Saturday, March 11, 2006

Bush: You've got some 'splain' to do!

Ricky Ricardo would be chastising President Bush right now.

Because of his sagging poll numbers, Bush is hitting the road to give a series of speeches about winning the war in Iraq according to the Washington Post.

"President Bush plans to begin a series of speeches next week again explaining the administration's strategy for winning the war in Iraq, as the White House returns to a familiar tactic to allay growing public pessimism about the war that has helped keep the president's approval rating near its historic low."


The public relations offensive is being launched amid intense concern in the White House about polls showing that a growing majority of Americans disapprove of Bush's handling of the war and harbor growing doubts about the prospects for success. A recent Washington Post-ABC News poll found that four in five Americans believe that the ongoing sectarian violence in Iraq will mushroom into civil war. Also, more than half of those surveyed believe the United States should begin withdrawing troops from Iraq, the poll found.

Three years later and Bush is still trying to sell us that this was the right decision and that there is a strategy for winning. President Bush should not be selling us anything. Aren't Republicans the ones that crow that there decisions are not driven by poll numbers? That doesn't seem to be the case now.

"He also waved away concern about his low poll numbers, saying that they will not cause him to lose sight of his core beliefs. "I understand some of the things I've done are unpopular. But that's what comes with the territory," he said. "If you're afraid to make decisions and you only worried about, you know, whether or not people in the classroom are going to say nice things about you, you're not leading."

Does this get anymore contradictory? He's not worried about the popularity contest but he wants to impove his image and support. What? Am I taking crazy pills here?

Look, Bush is driven by the human condition of wanting to be popular. When he went to war in Iraq, he was very popular. Now that he is not as popular, he's trying to prop himself back up in the minds of the American public, including many Republicans. Unfortunately for Bush, the violence in Iraq has a stronger message than any words he can say.

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