Sunday, January 11, 2009

Want to know why W scares me?

Merriam-Webster offers the following definition for the word anxiety:

1 a: painful or apprehensive uneasiness of mind usually over an impending
or anticipated ill b: fearful concern or interest c: a cause of anxiety

2: an abnormal and overwhelming sense of apprehension and fear often marked
by physiological signs (as sweating, tension, and increased pulse), by doubt
concerning the reality and nature of the threat, and by self-doubt about one's
capacity to cope with it

So which picture do you think President Bush says is showing the time he revisits most in his mind after 8 years as our Commander-in-Chief, during which time we were prosecuting two wars (or just one if you buy the nonsense that there is only one war: the War on Terror), because it was the most anxious he ever was? Here's his answer:

Asked by People magazine what moments from the last eight years he revisited
most often, W. talked passionately about the pitch he threw out at the World
Series in 2001: "I never felt that anxious any other time during my presidency,
curiously enough."

As Benen points out, even W knows this is a ridiculous statement, hence the summarizing remarks of "curious enough." The fact that this guy picks this over the attacks on 9/11 or Hurricane Katrina or any number of other events that have resulted in the loss of American lives just shows how incredibly dense he is to just how insensitive it makes him look.

But the true problem here is related more to the fact that W is simply being truthful. And that is what scares the hell out of me. See...I think W has convinced himself that he wasn't scared on 9/11, because God picked him to lead. Anyone who looks at that picture or has seen the video knows that ain't so. He was as scared and stunned that morning as the rest of us. Time has erased that feeling. He is so committed now to the righteousness of his cause, that I think he actually believes he wasn't scared shitless that morning.

That is not natural. Man is a fearful and doubting creature. It is how we confront those doubts and fears that makes us who we are. And it is a scary proposition that the way some people do that, is to convince themselves they are and were so right, that they never actually had those doubts and fears. It denies them the opportunities to learn from their mistakes. It makes them seem simple and shallow. Sound like anyone to you?

The fact that one of these people managed to become President and that so many of my countrymen revere him is scary.

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