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The Smirking Scott McClellan

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John Kerry and Hillary Clinton, two senators who have neglected their obligations to the Democratic Party, finally, signed on to filibuster the arch-conservative Samuel Alito. Kerry, at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland, was making calls to encourage support for the effort and most agree that his decision is more about the restoration of image with progressives than anything else. The same should be said about Hillary.

George Bush must have been concerned though, because out came Scott McClellan in his attempt to ridicule Kerry, laughing that the elitist Senator was phoning from Switzerland where he's enjoying a ski excursion. Oh, Scott, your disdain for anything that smells of privilege would be funny if the man for whom you speak were a commoner--something you and he would like us to accept.

Are we to believe that when White House Correspondent Susan Malveaux stands in front of that ramshackle barn in Crawford, it is actually on the Bush property? If that's the location, certainly, the outbuilding must have been constructed as part of the staging of this presidency--to make George Bush appeal to the masses of impoverished in this country. What a great use of psychology to fool some of the people most of the time.

As I've said before, I'm not a member of Mensa, but I can recognize a structure that needs to be condemned. Ms. Malveaux is positioned so that viewers of this hard-knock edifice see it as a backdrop when she announces pronouncements and goings on from the Bush compound. And we, the dumb, are expected to accept the possibility that George and Laura, the twins, and Ma and Pa are in there eking out a living and occasionally entertaining the Saudi Royals. These are the Bush roots that Scott would have us believe tie George to the land and to the working and under classes of America. How stupid.

George Bush may sound like a cowpoke, but he's an up-East educated snob. When he isn't vacationing at his vast ranch, he fishes in Kennebunkport, Maine off the shore of Mommy Dearest and Daddy's seaside home. The boat from which they cast their bait probably had a larger price tag than your dream home. In fact, George may have paid more for his bike helmet than you paid for your automobile.

What's the difference in Kerry and Bush's lifestyles? Very little. But the Bush handlers want you to think that the president is one of us--that he worries about his heating bill or the rising price at the pumps. Humph. When his pilot turns on the engine of Air force I to the tune of 100,000 dollars a trip, you and I are footing a bill that's just chump change to the president. Barney and Miss Beazley eat better than so many children in American who live below the poverty level.

Do you think the Bush's care? Remember the mouth-dropping ignorance of Laura and Barbara in the aftermath of Katrina? Remember the aloof George W. as he flew over the devastated area. He sure wasn't detached when commiserating with Trent Lott whose house was destroyed. Bush, imagining Lott's new property, said, '...there's going to be a fantastic house. I look forward to sitting on the porch.' We saw how Bush handled disaster then and we know that he is not cooperating now with the investigation to review the government's sluggish response to Katrina. He's making noises about the 'confidentiality of his advisers.' Scott needs to remind Bush that confidentiality is a sensitive subject these day.

But McClellan gets big bucks to convince the electorate that Bush is just like we are--unlike John Kerry who can afford to take to the slopes in Europe. Poor George Bush. He is just another schmuck with whom so many in American can identify--someone who could get the pink slip any day now.

For the sake of our nation, let's all send up some vibes that this happens sooner rather than later.
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Missy Beattie lives in New York City. She's written for National Public Radio and Nashville Life Magazine. An outspoken critic of the Bush Administration and the war in Iraq, she's a member of Gold Star Families for Peace. She completed a (more...)
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