A funny thing happened on the way to the kitchen last Monday. I walked past the den and on my new 42 inch high definition TV was our President, and our two former Presidents, at a press conference. They were pitching aid to Haiti. I made a few observations.
Dubya spoke first and however uneloquent I remember him, he was worse. He did not have his swagger and kind of kept looking around to make sure he was in his assigned spot. He stumbled and stammered more than I remembered and then summed up his pitch with a plea for cash. Kinda like this: “Heh, heh, we need cash. I know, I know, you wana send stuff but heh, heh, we need cash, send cash.”
Willy was on his game and said all the right things: “You all know I have been working in Haiti with my foundation and we have been making great progress. You know my foundation is committed to bringing the resources necessary to lift Haiti out of poverty and into prosperity. This minor setback will not deter the efforts of my foundation. We need your help to overcome this disaster and get back on track so my foundation can continue it’s good work and achieve that which no other organization or foreign nation has been able to achieve over the last 200 years.” Clinton was on his game!
President Obama was president Obama. Hugging his buddy-former-presidents and explaining how they would head up a task force to raise money to get the aid that Haiti needs and deliver it to Haiti. He was busy with health care, jobs and two wars so he needed their help – and, oh yah – he had to figure out what else he could take out of the new health care reform bill to get it through the upcoming 59 majority Senate. No problem, just hit the delete key a few more times and voila, Health Care Reform that Insurance companies can believe in…and that will pass The Senate.
What I really noticed was the looks Dubya was giving to President Obama and vise-versa. Dubya had this smile on his face and his body language was saying, “Not so easy, is it?” You thought you were going to walk in and sweet talk your way out of every situation. You thought you were going to do this Team Of Rivals Thing, putting Republicans in your cabinet and on your staff and that would unify everybody, and end partisan politics. You thought your approval ratings were headed for the moon, “Not so easy, is it?”
President Obama had a look on his face that said, “Ok, ok. So I’ve had a few setbacks. So maybe I can’t just smile and sweet talk my way to stardom. Maybe I will have to give them a little soft shoe. But I’ll geter done. Has anybody seen my blankey? I need my blankey…”
To be Brutal, to be Frank, Dubya made the most sense on that platform. He was not eloquent. He did not look comfortable. But he said what had to be said and he goter done: “Heh, heh, we need cash.” Maybe President Barack Obama can learn from Dubya. Learn to trade some of the fluff for substance and start getting things done without his Team Of Rivals.
Back to you, Greg.