A concerning thing happened to me today. I read a news story about George W. Bush and I though “awwe” and also “cool guy.”
Honestly, if you had asked me eight years ago what I thought Georgie would do after his presidency I probably would have said “pfft, I don’t know, become a painter?” as a joke, because it’s just about the most ridiculous turn he could take. But of course he took that turn, balls to the walls. George W. Bush is now a painter, but even more ludicrous, he paints portraits of American troops and veterans. You know, the people his administration sent into war for no reason and then didn’t support once they returned home as veterans. I guess he feels guilty about this though because he said “I painted these men and women as a way to honor their service to the country and to show my respect for their sacrifice and courage…I hope to draw attention to the challenges some face when they come home and transition to civilian life — and the need for our country to better address them.” I guess a collection of paintings from a former president makes up for the fact that homelessness of Veterans didn’t decline until after he left office.
Now of course, in the news article G.W.B. didn’t have the most articulate phrasing, what with him being George W. Bush and all. For example, he said “we need the media to hold people like me to account.” This is not the most awkward phrasing we’ve heard come out of George’s mouth, like when he said “misunderestimated” or pronounced nuclear like “nuculur,” but it’s pretty clear he could have just said “hold people like me accountable.” Oh yeah, and let’s not forget the time he actually said this in a PREPARED SPEECH: “Removing Saddam Hussein was the right decision early in my presidency, it is the right decision now, and it will be the right decision ever.”
Anyway, like I was saying before I got carried away with criticizing his policies and making fun of his speech, I kind of… like him now? Is he adorable? Is he a lovable, goofy, artist grandpa? I guess anyone can be likeable when they no longer have the power to actively take away minority and women’s rights, wage war that kills millions in the Middle East for fabricated reasons, and flush the economy down the toilet. It actually makes sense that he would come out against Shitbag POTUS (I made a promise a few posts ago to never use its name on my blog, so its name will remain Shitbag POTUS now, tomorrow, and ever). I mean, if anyone knows that power corrupts it’s George W. Bush. If anyone knows what it’s like to carry the responsibility of the presidency it’s George W. Bush. Which is why it’s pretty terrifying that George W. can interact with the Obamas, people he (or at least his administration) deeply differs from politically and ideologically, like this:
And interacts with Shitbag POTUS like this:
[I couldn’t actually find a photo of them interacting, and also I don’t want Shitbag POTUS’s face sullying my space, but here is a photo of George enjoying Shitbag POTUS’s inauguration]:
One of the most incompetent U.S.presidents (can’t work a rain poncho… or a plastic bag? I’m honestly not really sure what that is), with one of the lowest approval ratings (but not lower than Nixon, HIGH FIVE GEORGE), feels the current president is too incompetent to be president. That is borderline terrifying and I have borderline shit my pants thinking about it.
But at least we’ll always have those pictures of George trying to be a big boy at the inauguration, and the George-Michelle romance to aspire to. #HowDeepIsYourLove