Tuesday, August 10, 2004

Out of Touch

I feel like I’ve been on another planet for the last few weeks. I’m living the gypsy life of traveling with my concession business, working fourteen- and fifteen-hour days all weekend long, then using the first couple of days of the following week to try to catch up on my housework and my SLEEP. I haven’t watched television or read a newspaper in days. My van radio is tuned to loud rock and roll or oldies… thoughtful news commentary from NPR just doesn’t cut it to keep me awake on my umpteenth drive up or down Interstate 5---dragging one or the other trailer, or both, to or from the next event on the schedule.

I missed the last half of the Democratic National Convention, haven’t kept up on the latest squabbles in the tug-of-war between the right and the left to win the hearts of the voters in November. I’m going to miss the first half of the Olympics, AND Senator Kerry’s campaign swing through Oregon, which I REALLY wanted to attend. Oh, well, you have to make a living somehow. If only I felt that was what I was actually doing…

I did get my head above water long enough to get this snippet from Cynthia’s journal. Now, somebody please tell me if this DIDN’T actually happen. I only read about it on the AP website, but since I’ve been out of touch with any other news media over the last several weeks, I didn’t hear the story verified anywhere else:

Bush Insists His Administration Seeking 'new Ways to Harm Our Country'
The Associated Press
Published: Aug 5, 2004

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Bush offered up a new entry for his catalog of "Bushisms" on Thursday, declaring that his administration will "never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people."
Bush misspoke as he delivered a speech at the signing ceremony for a $417 billion defense spending bill.
"Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we," Bush said. "They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we."

No one in Bush's audience of military brass or Pentagon chiefs reacted.
AP-ES-08-05-04 1228EDT

My first reaction, of course, was to laugh my ass off. This man should NEVER try to make off the cuff remarks. At least not if he wants to sound even minutely credible. Every time his handlers lose control of the reins, he comes up with statements like this.

But after I ruminated on the remark a bit, it didn’t seem so funny. I think this is what they call, in psychiatric circles, a "Freudian slip." Because, when you get right down to it, "thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people" is a fairly accurate description of what has been going on in the oval office for the last three and a half years…


  1. Lisa, glad you're keeping busy.  Do you do this all on your own or does your sister help you each time?  I hope you're raking in the dough $$$$$$$

  2. Unfortunately, I have heard the tapes. He really did say it. Dickeins had  character called Mrs. Malaprop. She was constantly using words in this manner. And I realized while I was watching the news tonight that, and I hate to say this, the president often looks like a deer caught in the headlights. Darn it, Kerry isn't exactly ringing my chimes either. It's like the talents needed to win the nomination are not the same ones needed to do the job. ARGHHHHHH !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. I'm sorry to hear it has been a crappy summer (business-wise) for you. Hopefully, as the weather cools it will get better.

    Bush's ass is "flagging" in the wind. His word not mine from that snippet I quoted in my journal a while back.  I didn't even catch it when I first entered it. I was more focused on the marriage issue. And, yes, Lisa, he said that too. I saw the sound bite on the news. A BIG Freudian slip indeed. Maybe listening to some ass-kickin' rock is the best thing to do. :-) ---Robbie

  4. Lisa, you have not missed much, allow me to give you a play by play.  Back and forth name calling the rest of this month until the big GOP party otherwise known as the Republican convention, on to three to five days of high fiving, an impotent attempt at reinvigorating mindless drones, an outpouring of patriotism in the form of gun toting hate mongering and quotes from George Will, then the home stretch debates, charming frat boy will get away with fuzzy math idiotism, while Kerry sighs with frustration, Fox news will claim Bush as the great debater and CNN will claim Kerry depending if Wolf Blitzer is anchoring that night or not, then the polls will be open come Tuesday morning, all of the Florida troopers will have their day off forfeited, mustered and ready to set up stop points and stall anyone of color or female without a yellow ribbon, a American flag, or a Bush/Cheney 04 sticker on their car/SUV, Jeb will tell Bubba not to worry, Clarence Thomas will wire a large sum of money to the Caribbean, and Bush will be president again. Some redneck will feel smug and right and anyone with two brain cells are more will be slamming them together out of bewilderment and frustration.  Now you know.  LOL!

  5. *Of COURSE* he said it ~ how could he NOT have said it?

    It appeared at the front of his tiny little brain and therefore out it popped; classic Freudian slip indeed!  Just add it to the list of tragically ironic howlers escaping the simple but mean little mind of the Leader of the Free World...  :)

  6. Bush is an idiot. I think the X Files was right. There has to be a shadow government running our country. Bush is too dumb to do it!

  7. I think the meaning to his words is quite clear here; like it or not, the man is doing his job.  

    With all that hussle and bussle of yours, I hope business is going well.  Like me, your entries have been hit and miss.  I am hoping for my schedule to level off some, get into some routine so I can return to daily journaling.  Have a great and Profitable weekend. Kristi

  8. Just wanted to say bye 'fore we head off to Florida in a few days and let you know that you are special to me.