Saturday, April 09, 2005
The Real President
"I was boogie-ing down to the Marshall Tucker Band, when someone saw you on the TV and said, 'hey look, there's the President.' And I said, 'hey guys how's it going.' And they were like 'no you turd-head, the real President on TV.' And I said 'but I am the real President.' And everybody laughed, which really steamed me. So, here I am." .. "Hello everybody. I'm your new President, and keep in mind. That's for a whole year." - Will Ferrell as George W. BushThat quote was the first thing I thought of when I read about this:
While Romans were unlikely to catch a glimpse of President Bush - he moved only in motorcades and appeared only at a few official events - Mr. Clinton was clearly reveling in the fact that shoppers, tourists having lunch at outdoor cafes and Italian business people walking to meetings all stopped to greet him.
"Isn't this a great city?" he said. Along the streets, people starting yelling "Bill, Bill, Bill," and a few shouted "U.S.A.!" One shopkeeper raced out with a photograph of Mr. Clinton on a past visit.
Between handshakes and waves, the former president, looking thin, said that he was feeling good after two operations on his heart, but that he tired easily and planned to go back to his hotel for a rest - a change from the way he used to tour cities. He reminisced about his long walking tours of the backstreets of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, formerly Saigon, during the last long foreign trip of his presidency. "You go around the world and you see a lot of affection for Americans," he said.[...]
On Thursday, by the time Mr. Clinton made it out of the back streets and into the open square, a mob of hundreds developed. Mr. Clinton's nervous Italian bodyguards put him in a Mercedes and sped him away.
But Thursday night he was back in his old form. After the dinner with the Italian leader, he went out to a second dinner with President Viktor A. Yuschenko of Ukraine and stayed at an Italian restaurant with him until after midnight.
Bush has to hide from the American people, and the world. Bush is just an arrogant boy kept in a bubble to shield him from anyone who disagrees with his world view. Clinton showed respect to the world community and is treated like a rock star wherever he goes. He walks into a open square in Rome and is mobbed by hundreds of people wanting to see him. It's sad how much good will and love towards the U.S. Bush has spit on and turned his back on. There's and old saying that goes "you get more bees with honey than with vinegar". Clinton some great tasting brought honey to the world hive. Bush threw a rock at it.