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Trapped in a Big Office, George W. Bush Wears the Soul of a Little Man
June 1, 2002
By Teresa Simon-Noble

The headline, "Weary, Bush mocks reporter," intrigued me. Bill Sammon of the Washington Times was reporting an exchange which took place in Paris between an NBC reporter and the first born son of George Herbert Walker Bush.

By now America is acquainted with the story of how when David Gregory asked George W. Bush, "I wonder why it is you think there are such strong sentiments in Europe against you and against this administration? ... Why, particularly, there’s a view that you and your administration are trying to impose America’s will on the rest of the world ...”

George Bush answered: "so you go to a protest and I drive through the streets of Berlin, seeing hundreds of people lining the road, waving ... I don’t view hostility here ... I view the fact that we’ve got lots of friends ... the fact that protesters show up, that’s good. I mean, I’m in a democracy."

Having failed to accept, and to address, the reality of the question put to him by David Gregory, George Bush went on to put Gregory down. I think of it more as, George Bush went on to censor David Gregory by putting him down. First, by somewhat delusionally describing the people along the road as waving. Reports are that Bush did not see the protesters except for a few souls along the road who gave him the finger. Second, by using as an excuse to put him down, the fact that Gregory addressed the last part of his question to Jacques Chirac, in French.

“The guy memorizes four [French] words,” Bush said referring to Gregory, “and he plays like he’s intercontinental.” Then, added: “I’m impressed. Que bueno. Now I am literate in two languages.” (One wonders, English and French? Spanish and English? Spanish and French?)

What is clear, is that Bush was taking a one-up position vis-à-vis Gregory, just as he did in Rome, when, after being warned that he could not address the sex scandal rocking the Catholic Church, Bush nevertheless told the Pope, “I am concerned about the Church in America.”

Most of the accounts I have read about this exchange between Bush and Gregory treat it as a humorous one. I admit that I was not privy to the tone of voice used by either party on this exchange of words, but I fail to hear the humor of it in its written account. By describing the people along the road as waving in friendship, Bush mocks reality, not the reporter, and that is a very dangerous (not to mention sick) posturing to take, particularly by one who insists on calling himself President of the United States and Leader of the Free World.

The reality is that there were massive protesters against Bush and his administration during his most recent trip to Europe. The truth is that Bush’s response to Gregory might have been different if he had not been threatened by the frankness of Gregory’s question and the reality of the protests. Bush must wear blinders to protect himself and his bogus claim to being a democratically elected president, pathetically replicating the behavior of two-year olds who cover-up their eyes when playing hide-and-seek. Because two-year olds cannot see the seeker, they think that the seeker cannot see them. Covering his eyes and ears to the sound of truth, Bush wants truth to go away, but truth keeps knocking at his door.

The reality is that the same anti-Bush sentiment, demonstrated by those protesters in Germany and France, flows through many in this country, although the United States has not yet seen the point of that overflow of anti-Bush sentiment that was present in Europe, partly because here truth must be silenced before it reaches the boiling point.

Americans protesting the war on terror were forcibly turned back in San Francisco by the Highway Patrol before they reached the other side of the bridge, the end of their protest line, because the Highway Patrol feared, it said, that they would not reach the end of their protest line by the two o’clock protest deadline.

Touted by Bush in his address to Castro, and in his speech in Paris, Freedom of Expression is not welcome in this oppressive Bush regime.

Neither is any sniff of knowledge: “Que bueno. Now I’m literate in two languages.” In this exchange, Bush reacts to Gregory’s ability to speak French. Since Bush does not speak French, he knocks down Gregory’s sandcastle. For a Christian, compassionate man, George W. Bush is guilty of the sin of envy. Envy, as many a preacher is always happy to tell you, is the root of many evils. Including insecurity, paranoia, and the need to control others.

Teresa Simon-Noble is a freelance writer. She has worked in the mental health field for eighteen years.

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