I Blink, Therefore I Am
Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank, watching videotape of President Bush’s interview with the Today Show’s Matt Lauer on Tuesday, had this to say about the president’s body language:
“The president was a blur of blinks, taps, jiggles, pivots and shifts.... When Lauer asked if Bush, after a slow response to
Katrina, was "trying to get a second chance to make a good first impression," Bushblinked 24 times in his answer. When asked why residents would have to pay back funds but Iraqis would not, Gulf Coast Bushblinked 23 times and hitched his trousers up by the belt.
When the questioning turned to Miers, Bush blinked 37 times in a single answer -- along with a lick of the lips, three weight shifts and some serious foot jiggling.
, by contrast, delivered only three blinks and stood still through her entire answer about encouraging volunteerism.” Laura Bush
I’ve figured out why Bush was such a mass of ticks and blinks. He was sending Morse code to his alien overlords. He was saying “Beam me up –
I admit to a certain vindictive pleasure in watching the man and his presidency implode after promising to steamroll us all less than a year ago. I am reminded of
Then I remember that this is the guy with his finger on “the football” (as
But I don’t think the Bush presidency is done. As any fan of horror movies can tell you, just when you think the monster is dead it leaps up off the floor and sinks its teeth into your trachea.
And, of course, we could get attacked again. Wouldn’t that just fill the Bushies’ coal-black hearts with glee.
So let’s not celebrate too soon. We’ve got a long way to go before the burial.