Thursday, September 08, 2005

Random civilian disrupts photo op with profanity

Dick Cheney's effort to fake interest in dead poor people was briefly disrupted this afternoon when an off-camera protestor shouted, "Go fuck yourself, Mr. Cheney. Go fuck yourself."

What happened next is interesting. A CNN reporter asked, "Are you getting a lot of that Mr. Vice President?"

Cheney responded, "First time I've heard it. Must be a friend of John..., er, ah - never mind."

John who? John Kerry? John Edwards? John Conyers?

A smart politician would have faked compassion. He or she would have said, "I understand that people are unhappy with circumstances and we're doing everything we can blah blah blah ..." Then, he or she would be praised for compassion and understanding. He or she wouldn't have gone for chuckles, and wouldn't have cut themselves off from jabbing at an unknowable John.

I mean, if Ronald Reagan were in office, he'd have 90 percent of the country weeping and hopeful every time he stepped in front of the microphone. The House of 1,000 Corpses would be described as a future shining city on a hill. His charisma in this disaster would have ensured a 1,000-year reign of witches.

Maybe it's the country's good fortune that Bush, Cheney and Chertoff suck at looking interested. If they pretended to give half a damn, they could still do nothing, only they'd get away with it. At least these bastards show their true colors.

Catch the video at Crooks & Liars.

I also recommend reading David Enders's article at Mother Jones and the Wall Street Journal's account of white New Orleans. The rock has been lifted.


tommy o said...

a real comment...

I, actually, thought it was funny. I don't mean to sound cold hearted, but (1) we all know that was NOT the first time Cheney heard that if it were then he really does live under a rock and (2) maybe the John he spoke of was John Q. Public who managed to sum up what everyone is thinking.

John Q. Public said...

Well, I do think that I tend to capture the zeitgeist rather well. But I don't think he was talking about me.