Bush the 'bad dad' and a press that OKs it

News & Politics

Post-Bush speech, and blogtopia is abuzz with commentary. Corrente laments 'Bush the bad dad:'

"So, Bush is going to have billions at Halliburton 'folks' in Louisiana.

Reminds me of the kind of drunk Dad who rolls in, trashes the house, gropes the sitter, starts screaming abuse, and then crashes in front of a blasting TV while Mom and the kids hide out upstairs.

And in the morning he goes out and buys a whole lot of expensive gifts you don't really like to make up for it.

And acts like nothing's happened."

Josh Marshall, in the meantime, laments the press that still isn't pressing the President, with their post-speech commentary:
"Russert, Gregory and Williams (who's actually been pretty good through this whole thing -- online at least) talking about how well the president did on contrition, how it was new for him, how the president took responsibility, how important it is 'not to let this become a tale of two cities.' And on and on.

There's real news to be reported -- how the president is approaching the reconstruction, what plans he's putting in place right now. He's put his chief political operative in charge of running the reconstruction of the Gulf Coast. Shouldn't that be raising a lot of questions -- a man whose entire professional experience is in political messaging and patronage?

He's also at the center of on-going criminal investigation and the target of a much-rumored indictment. But set that aside.

(Corrente, Talking Points Memo)

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