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Born at the Crest of the Empire

Friday, August 10, 2007

Picture of the Day - 2

A summary of the "Freedom Agenda" thus far from the NYTimes.

"The paradox of American policy in the Middle East — promoting democracy on the assumption it will bring countries closer to the West — is that almost everywhere there are free elections, the American-backed side tends to lose."

(Bush at Thursday's pre-vacation press conference. (AFP/Karen Bleier))


  • Occasionally -- very occasionally -- Bush seems to momentarily slip out of his reality bubble and displays what I can only describe as a look of confused befuddlement as the harsh, confusing, and radically different truth of the real world smacks him in the head.

    It only lasts a moment, though, and he's quickly back in the saddle of delusion and hubris...

    By Blogger -epm, at 11:33 AM  

  • It's always tough to tell on these photos. They're clipped moments. This one might have been a moment when a questioner asked something out of his frame of reference like, "Since we're losing in Iraq...."

    By Blogger mikevotes, at 1:14 PM  

  • Sure this specific picture is just a 1/500sec moment in time, but it reminded me of several other times where Bush momentarily cramps up under questioning.

    By Blogger -epm, at 7:11 PM  

  • Oh yeah. I just wanted to make the point that the quote I was using wasn't specific to this instant.

    Related by the appearance of annoyance, confusion, and misunderstanding, but not directly related.

    By Blogger mikevotes, at 9:28 PM  

  • Got it.

    By Blogger -epm, at 10:35 PM  

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