Published June 06, 2010
So President Bush came out of hibernation to attend something called the Economic Club in Michigan. There he defended waterboarding.
Bush said of the terrorist behind 9/11: "Yeah, we water-boarded Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. I'd do it again to save lives."
Now, whether you agree with him or hate his guts, you have to like that: No heavy lifting in that vocab: simple, straightforward and honest. I miss that.
I mean, would you ever hear Obama say: "Yeah, we lied about the cost of health care, but I'd do it again, because it's worth it."
Or: "Yeah, I trashed the immigration bill in Arizona without reading it, but so what? I think it sucks. You should too."
Or: "Sure, I threw Reverend Wright under the bus. Wouldn't you?"
And maybe: "OK, I smoke. So what? I'm the president and you're a low-level media hack with a potbelly and a wife who not so secretly wishes she was banging me. So there. You got a light?"
See, I'd like to hear that. But I won't. Instead, in the White House, we get Sir Paul McCartney — the least talented member of The Monkees — cracking wise about a president who saved millions of lives in Africa.
Here's his joke:
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PAUL MCCARTNEY, MUSICIAN: It's a fantastic honor (for) the Gershwin family to give me this incredible award and for me to be awarded it by the Library of Congress. And in fact, after the last eight years, it's great to have a president who knows what a library is.
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Now if you remember, it was Sir Paul, the vegan, who said a fish's life is the same as a human's. Thankfully for Africa, Bush felt differently.
But Sir Paul feels Obama is doing a great job, because he's book smart and well-liked. He's right: People who were scared of us once, aren't so scared of us anymore. We traded in our stick for a back-scratcher.
But me, I'd rather be hated in a safer world than loved in a dangerous one. Perhaps Obama should call Bush for some advice, before he makes Carter look like Reagan in comparison.
And if you disagree with me, you're Pete Best.