Skip to main content

Former Presidents Should Be Seen And Not Heard

There's an old proverb that goes "children should be seen and not heard".   At a breakfast Friday, with former White House staff, George Bush, of all people indicated the same should hold true for former presidents.

It seems he wasn't too pleased when former President Jimmy Carter gave him grief about his administration's position on the torture of terror suspects.

As for his own role in his post-president years, Bush told his former staffers:

"I have no desire to see myself on television.  
I don't want to be on a panel of formers instructing the
 currents what to do.  I'm trying to regain a sense of 

Two points:

1. Why did he wait until now to come up with this?  He had 8 years.
2. I'm surprised he can even spell, pronounce or know the meaning of anonymity!

The good old days.


Canadian Blend said…
I read his comments someplace -- maybe HuffingtonPost. I want to hear him pronounce "anonymity." My thoughts are the person writing down Bush's thoughts cleaned it up for him.
nonamedufus said…
Cdn Blend: Yeah, I read them too. If the guy had problems with "nuclear" I'm sure he flubbed anonymity!
Quirkyloon said…

He signed up for the gig with ALL that comes with it.

You still hear jokes about somebody being "Monica-ed" and a Clinton's smiling mug comes up every time.
nonamedufus said…
Quirks: Yeah but when Americans think about getting screwed, they always think of George. ;)
Moooooog35 said…
Exactly. He should do what Joe Biden's been doing...establishing his anonymity.
nonamedufus said…
moooooog: Joe who?
Kirsten said…
I'm with Quirky! Wah!!!!!!
nonamedufus said…
Kirsten: Good to see you around again. Yeah, if you wanna be President I guess you should be prepared to take all that comes with it...and after it!
Actually, he botched it. What he was trying to say was, "...regain a sense of unanimity." You know, having everyone finally agree with him.
nonamedufus said…
Chris: Yeah, right, like that's gonna happen.
Ziva said…
What a coincidence, I have no desire to see Bush on television either.
nonamedufus said…
Ziva: Finally, he understand the will of the people!
Sure, he has no desire to see himelf on television. Because he's a fucking idiot and he knows it and he's tired of getting flayed by the press and the public and even his own party. He practically ruined this country, and may still yet.

*I wasn't too political, was I?*
nonamedufus said…
Mike: Couldn't have said it better myself...and I'm Canadian.
kathcom said…
How does he juggle anonymity with his new career as a motivational speaker? He's also going to have to show up one day to break ground on the Bush library. It will be filled with book!
nonamedufus said…
kathcom: "...filled with book" hahaha I hope it's got lots of pictures.

Popular posts from this blog

My Back Pages - October

Well, folks, I read seven (count 'em) seven books in October. One I didn't finish but even at that I hit the magic number 50 I estimated for myself by the end of the year. The six books I successfully waded through were, firstly, What Happened, Hillary Clinton's book on her bid for the Presidency. I''m a bit of a political junkie so I get off on this stuff but still it kinda struck me as one long whine over losing.
Next up was the excellent Canyon of Dreams: The Magic and Music of Laurel Canyon. Laurel Canyon was the fabled area outside of Los Angeles where many musicians and artists lived. Known as a 60s enclave, the book takes a look at just who lived there over the last 80 years. A fascinating read.
Next up was Lightfoot, a biography of Canadian folk singer Gordon Lightfoot. He may have been responsible for some iconic folk songs but he was also quite the womanizer and boozer. Enough said.
Then I read Dan Brown's new tome Origin, the fifth in the Robert Lan…

Tales From The Supermarket

Bob and Brenda worked in the supermarket. They weren't check-out clerks. And they weren't stock-boys. Brenda sure wasn't. And they weren't employees who worked in the fish section or the deli. No. They were on the shelves.

They hadn't been on the shelves very long but in that short time they'd developed a considerably close friendship.

The chatted all day when the store was busy and at night when the store was closed. They talked about everything. The talked about what raw products they came from. The talked about their manufacturing processes. And they talked about the long routes in semi-trailers that brought them to this store.

Oddly enough the one thing they never made clear to one another was just what product each of them was.

One day when Brenda was commenting on their friendship she told Bob she was grateful for their amity. "Are you Tea?" said Bob, pekoe-ing her way. "I thought I was Tea". You're coffee!"

This week's Tw…