Wednesday :: Oct 12, 2005

Bubble Boy


by Mary

It was just a couple of months ago when our Bubble Boy president was bestowed the title of fittest President ever. In the midst of the long August vacation, the press was once more awed by how physically fit the Prez was for someone pushing up against 60. And who can forget Bush's words of wisdom when he told the reporters that he was doing the right things for Americans. After all, Americans wanted their president to spend time on the things that made him a better president, like staying fit.

"I think the people want the president to be in a position to make good, crisp decisions and to stay healthy," Bush said during an Aug. 13 bike ride with journalists at his ranch. "And part of my being is to be outside exercising. So I'm mindful of what goes on around me. On the other hand, I'm also mindful that I've got a life to live, and will do so."

Yet, I've found that no matter how obsessed one can be about the proclivities of our president, it is easy to miss how strange the behavior really is. August was simply the latest example of Bush justifying his own obsession for keeping on his fitness regime.

Will Bunch was ahead of me in noticing how often Bush was out exercising when really important things were happening. And that Bush had long been saying that staying fit was how he prepared himself for making the "crisp decisions" he needed to make. (The following is from his 2004 vacation.)

What is Bush getting from all these bike rides, besides some much-needed (OK, not much needed) time away from the office? Last year, he told the AP that it helps him with (we swear to God, we're not making this up) "mind-clearing":

"At my age, you're more concerned about the cardiovascular" benefits of a workout, Bush said. Mountain biking, he said, has a certain "mind-clearing" effect on him as well.

But as Will noticed recently, it seems that Bush is starting to notice that others in his government aren't giving Bush the deference due "The Leader of the World."

Remember how Bush was "out biking" when Cheney was rushed to shelter when an unauthorized plane was heading into the DC restricted airspace and no one bothered to let Bush know a crisis was at hand? For Bush, this must have been a deja vu moment. After all, it was on 9/11 when the entire continuity of government focus was getting Cheney safely stashed away while Bush was led through his figure-head paces until finally whisked away to safety hours after the crisis started.

Sometimes the subtle signals have to be pretty strong before someone as self-absorbed as our Bubble Boy realizes that they've been dissed. Of course, perhaps Bubble Boy hasn't realized that he has a problem, and it really is Cheney that is angry about having pull Bush's chestnuts out of the fire. In any case, it appears that the Prez and the VP might be having some "issues" with each other these days.

Aside: Has anyone else noticed that one of the major traits that Ms. Miers shares with the other famous Bush pal, Condi, besides believing Bush is the "coolest" person on earth, is that they both are his exercise partners?

Nevertheless it must stink to have your father-figure mad at you. And to know that you might lose your brain too. Do you think it will comfort Bush knowing that if he loses his brain he can still be the fittest president ever?

Mary :: 12:32 AM :: Comments (13) :: TrackBack (0) :: Digg It!