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“I Don’t Think He Understands The World”

January 21, 2007

I have been accused of being too rough on President Bush.  I admit to having chided him for being uninformed, mentally lazy, and incurious.  I have laughed at his “reading” activity and his college writing.  But now a United States Senator has echoed what so many of us think and feel about our President.  The Senator has spoken the words I feel.

In a front-page article in Saturday’s New York Times the Chairperson of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Senator Rockefeller, commented on the problem that Bush has in understanding the larger issues that confront the Middle East.  In doing so the Senator had a few comments on the President.

“I don’t think he understands the world,” Rockefeller said.  “I don’t think he’s particularly curious about the world.  I don’t think he reads like he says he does.  Every time he’s read something he tells you about it, I think.” 

Those are some very powerful thoughts from a powerful player in the new Senate. 

I, along with most Americans, want and need a President smarter than the average citizen.  Today we do not have that type of person in the White House.  Bush was crafty enough, rich enough, and brazen enough to win the national election.  Winning the White House however,  is far different from knowing the nuances of policy-making to insure a better America. 

Bush 43 will go down in history as a very shaky figure in our national story. He will be labeled as an anti-intellectual.  He may want us to think he is a man of letters…oh hell…I can’t even believe I am writing this.  If he were a reader he would not torture the English language in the way he does.  He would grasp the finer points in law and policy and understand the culture of other lands.

Lets face it, Senator Rockefeller called it correctly.

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