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Bush in the U.S.A. South

April 13, 2009

The Washington Post has published an exhaustive look at Bush the Second’s post-presidential life at 10141 Daria Place: ordering chicken pot pie, discussing baseball, approving Laura’s furniture selection, and living behind security-detailed barriers. (His welcome home party included giant borders surrounding his house in the shape of Ws.) But he never really lived outside walls when his mailbox read 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue: his greatest talent, after all, lies in remaining comfortably shielded from the deafening criticism against his administration’s historic war crimes.

‘Over the course of being president for eight years, you become, in some respects, immune to all the noise out there,’ said Dan Bartlett, who was a senior aide to Bush for more than a decade. “He’s secure in the place he’s in. He’s confident in the decisions he made. There’s none of that ‘Shoulda, woulda, coulda.’ His security is maintained by a daily routine that, intentionally or not, barricades him from the disapproving two-thirds of the nation.

No immunity or security desired for Bush the Second. We don’t take comfort in his gradual dissolve into oblivion behind the walls of his own private T(M)ex(ico)as; it takes the edge off the the reality of the murder of one million Iraqis and uncounted Afghanis, the destruction of at least two civilizations, and the trampling of civil and female and immigrant rights in the U.S.A. Just for that we will continue to despise chicken pot pie and baseball.

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