Everything Bush needed to know in life, he forgot in kindergarten: SHOW and tell, ACTIONS speak louder than words. During the campaign Bush spent a lot of time actually telling us what a great guy he was, although his behavior belied his contentions about himself. He continues to use the American people as a captive audience for his pointed political posturings about himself. Notice how lately he talks about himself in the royal "we." While in the Middle East, he told leaders what "Bush" thinks. Not, "I think," but "Bush thinks." Yesterday in Slate, Jacob Weisberg reported that on Air Force One on the way back from the Middle East, Bush said, "I'm also not very analytical. You know I don't spend a lot of time thinking about myself, about why I do things. " In Bush's mind, there's no difference between analysis and self-analysis. The whole world is him, right?
On that Air Force One flight back to the U.S., Bush also said he was "the master of low expectations," but that campaign dog won't hunt any more. When a man pushes his weight around the world as Bush has been doing for years, asking for points on the basis of being able to talk to world leaders without them shaking there heads in disbelief is being disingenuous. But we know by now that Bush-Rove will do whatever it takes to keep reporters on political message. World leaders, national reporters, and U.S. citizens are pretty much seen in the same light by Bush, people who need to have their egos massaged, arms bent, ears twisted, and discernment in believing propaganda praised. The political goal is to turn people into extentions of one's own ego.
Seeing the world through one's ego is also evident in the arrogance of this recent Bush statement, "I recently met with the finance minister of the Palestinian Authority, was very impressed by his grasp of finances." Of course, given Bush's tendency to appoint people to positions of power ill-suited to their abilities and backgrounds (Rehenquist's kid resigned Sunday), perhaps the statment wasn't arrogant at all, maybe it was simply reflecting his amazement. --