Sunday, September 02, 2007

I Think We';ve Got a Kinsley Moment. Let's Go to the Dictionary

Today the Carpetbagger Report discusses an interview with W.
Robert Draper, however, a former writer for Texas Monthly, spent hours with the president at the White House, getting Bush to open up on these subjects for an upcoming book, which Draper agreed to share with the New York Times. It led to an NYT piece today that is almost impossible to read without feeling incredibly frustrated.

On the subject of his life after the White House:
First, Mr. Bush said, “I’ll give some speeches, just to replenish the ol’ coffers.” With assets that have been estimated as high as nearly $21 million, Mr. Bush added, “I don’t know what my dad gets — it’s more than 50-75″ thousand dollars a speech, and “Clinton’s making a lot of money.” Then he said, “We’ll have a nice place in Dallas,” where he will be running what he called “a fantastic Freedom Institute” promoting democracy around the world. But he added, “I can just envision getting in the car, getting bored, going down to the ranch.”
Bush sure is an impressive one, isn’t he?
"A fantastic Freedom Institute". That's funny, given his administration's penchant for extraordinary rendition, torture,
warrantless domestic surveillance, classifying US citizens as enemy combatants, closing public events to those who may disagree with him, ...... Well, you get the picture; this guy hasn't really done much while he has been in the White House to advance the cause of freedom, although his rhetoric if full of references to advancing the cause of freedom.

So, the guy has been hyper hypocritical on the issue of freedom, but after I thought a little about the notion of a "fantastic Freedom Institute" the more I realized that he may have been unintentionally honest about this intentions. The first definition of fantastic from Merriam-Webster is
1 a : based on fantasy : not real b : conceived or seemingly conceived by unrestrained fancy
Here are some synonyms.

FANTASTIC, BIZARRE, GROTESQUE: mean conceived, made, or carried out without adherence to truth or reality.>
Perhaps Bush is finally admitting, albeit subconsciously, that his commitment to freedom has all been a big fantasy.

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