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Rose Siding Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 10:03 AM
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What Not to Wear in Front of Bush
Even as he talked about North Korea's nuclear ambitions and other weighty matters, President Bush on Wednesday returned to his occasional role as fashion critic to the White House press corps.

"If I might say, that is a beautiful suit. And I can't see anybody else that even comes close," the president told NBC's Kevin Corke, who was wearing pinstripes, in the course of a Rose Garden news conference that focused on North Korea-related diplomacy and the Iraq war......

Soon after, the president asserted that CNN's Suzanne Malveaux was the "first best-dressed person here."

By the time Bush called on Jim Axelrod of CBS, the reporter felt compelled to start with a defensive comment: "My best suit's in the cleaners," Axelrod explained to the president.

"That's not even a suit," Bush retorted, eyeing Axelrod's sport coat and slacks.

http://www.latimes.com/news/printedition/asection/la-na...

Ah, ya can't fool Fly


The gaggler Corke minimizes the strangeness of the butt hole in chief, mewling, "That's the way he likes to make connections. He still has some frat boy in him. He likes to tease people."

I'm just thinking out loud, but maybe King Clown could leave off the frat house networking when the topic is nuclear weapons?
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antonialee839 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 10:07 AM
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1. Bush looks like a smacked ass in that get-up.
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jobycom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 10:09 AM
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3. I was thinking pimp. nt
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yellowcanine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 11:20 PM
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12. Exactly what I thought. All he needs is an egret feather in his hat.
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jobycom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 10:09 AM
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2. That's not "connecting," that's bullying.
He starts out by putting the reporter on the defensive, whether it's a compliment or insult. Same with his nicknames. It's not the reaction of a frat boy, it's the reaction of an insecure bully.
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Lisa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-15-06 05:58 PM
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17. people who do this also tend to whine "I was just kidding"
or "What's the matter with you, can't you take a joke?", when challenged. Insecure bully is right, jobycom ... I've encountered this type of behavior before, and there is nothing "just" about the "kidding". Rather, it is sad, frustrating, and downright cringe-making when someone in such an important position acts this way.

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liberalmuse Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 10:10 AM
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4. I love it!
I'm glad someone is finally pointing out in so many words that this sick fuck pretending to be our president is a vapid, idiot whose ONLY use is to "critic" men's attire with snide, sarcastic remarks. This man isn't even worthy of our contempt.
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madrchsod Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 10:19 AM
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5. best dressed or best looking georgy?

i`m betting on the best looking....
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Mr_Jefferson_24 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 10:36 AM
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6. He's desperate to be accepted/viewed as...
...a fellow human being. It ain't workin'.
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DrunkenMaster Donating Member (582 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 11:44 AM
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7. Azzhole/Idiot Bush recently insulted a blind man
for wearing sunglasses at a press conference...

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/story?id=2077873&page=1

June 14, 2006 The president was in a jovial mood during his Rose Garden press conference Wednesday, joshing with reporters, excited to aggressively defend the Iraq war in the midterm elections, optimistic about his recent trip to Baghdad.

Then he was told a reporter he playfully teased about wearing sunglasses during the press conference has a serious vision problem and is legally blind.

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rocktivity Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 02:24 PM
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8. Remember when he suddenly started calling some reporter's name
a female reporter who wasn't there?

:headbang:
rocknation
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TrogL Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 02:37 PM
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9. Is this a press briefing or Queer Eye for a Straight Guy
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bobbieinok Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 07:24 PM
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10. it's a way to change topic from issues to appearance
I still remember how shocked I was in college at a workshop on campus, I asked some (I thought) substantive question; the leader started to answer and then said something like 'you really look like my cousin.'

It freaked me out and totally derailed whatever line of thought I might have had.
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bluedeminredstate Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 10:43 PM
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11. It's a towel smack
but it's meant to sting.

All the reporters are supposed to act like trained seals and laugh at the totally inappropriate interjection by the Chimp in Chief, and when the reporter moves beyond the awkward moment then he or she looks like a total asshole for asking a tough question when they're all having such a swell time. It's one of Chimperor's nasty ways a demeaning the reporter and throwing him off his stride by making the whole focus turn on the reporter, not to * where it should rightly be.
He's notoriously thin-skinned, and this gives him a way to be a dick to a reporter with everyone watching, and still have it be seen as him just "connecting" and being "friendly."

The classic inappropriate "friendly" outreach came when David Gregory asked Chirac a question in his native language while on his native soil. Chimpy couldn't hide his fury and made that remark about, "He says a couple French words and he thinks he's INTERCONTINENTAL." He couldn't hide his cruel intent behind the words and it was very telling.

All this hilarity and joking are always on Chimpy's terms, which are not in the least bit "friendly" or evidence of trying to "connect." Thinly disguised put downs, nick names, head rubbing, commenting on appearance are all about control and abuse of power. What a little, little, man he is.

:spank:
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muriel_volestrangler Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-15-06 09:12 AM
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16. And he knows they can't answer back with a similar remark
What if a reporter said "that's a great looking suit, Mr. President - it almost hides the bulge of the earpiece receiver on your back?" They'd be thrown out of the press corps.
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Skittles Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-14-06 10:26 PM
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13. and you're not even a president
that's what I would have told him
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yurbud Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-15-06 04:47 AM
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14. yeah, fahion tips from a guy who wears orange cowboy boots and
a white cowboy hat. He's like Truman Capote meets Deliverance.
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GCP Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-15-06 08:01 AM
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15. My LTTE about this column
Johanna Neumann seems to be seeking to excuse the President's comments on the garb of the press corps, characterizing them as "light asides". She goes out of her way to find people who dismiss it as some kind of vestige of his frat boy self and his "way of connecting to people".
I have a different take.
In a press conference dealing with a nuclear North Korea, he gives the impression of someone so out of his depth that he casts around for something to comment on until he can think up something, anything, intelligent to say.
The fact that the "light asides" focus on how people are dressed is a glimpse of the way he actually does "connect" with people he has no respect for. He demeans them in not so subtle ways, then calls it "teasing" when caught in the act.
When he doesn't realize he's on camera or mike, we get a much truer picture of him. Adam Clymer from the New York Times is called a "major league ass-hole", and two national leaders are treated to his contempt in Europe this year; Tony Blair is addressed as "Yo Blair", and spoken to with a mouth-full of bread roll, and Angela Merkel is treated to an unwanted neck rub.
Light asides my ass

Sue ******
Ashland MA.
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