Bush’s Economic Disengagement

The White House sure isn’t afraid go after a very competent man for speaking his mind. How can the White House honestly say that George W. Bush is engaged in economic policy decisions when he’s previously admitted that he doesn’t read his briefings (kind of sad considering that he’s married to a teacher). Everyone knows he’s much too busy taking naps while his daddy’s cronies plan the next unprovoked invasion of a sovereign nation to enrich his friend’s corporations.

The Administration’s Changing Tone
The Administration Then: Bush Said He Needed O’Neill and His Cabinet of “Strong and Competentâ€? Individuals. · “What my cabinet shows is that I am not afraid to surround myself with strong and competent people…a good executive is one that understands how to recruit people and how to delegate authority and responsibility.” [President-Elect Bush, 1/2/2001]
· “I am not afraid to surround myself with strong and confident people…” [USA Today, 1/18/01]
· “I knew I needed to surround myself with really strong, competent, capable people.” [Remarks by President Bush at the 2003 RNC Presidential Gala, 10/8/03, www.georgewbush.com]

The Administration Now: “We Didn’t Listen to [O’Neill’s] Wacky Ideas�
· “Former U.S. Treasury Secretary Paul O’Neill’s charge that President George Bush always meant to oust Saddam Hussein sparked an angry reaction Sunday. An unnamed White House official told the Washington Post that O’Neill’s “suggestion that the administration was planning an invasion of Iraq days after taking office is laughable. Nobody listened to him when he was in office. Why should anybody now?”â€? [UPI, 1/11/04]
· “”We didn’t listen to [O’Neill’s] wacky ideas when he was in the White House, why should we start listening to him now,” said a senior official. The official said he informed Bush of O’Neill’s comments but declined to describe the president’s reaction.â€? [CNN, 1/11/04]

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