Speaking of Dim Bulbs…

This Think Progress post from November 17, 2008, reminds us of what we don’t have to put up with anymore (emphasis in original):

During a telephone call last month, President Bush told Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd that he thought the global financial crisis ought to be handled within the G7 framework. But Rudd advised that the plan was “out of touch” and that it “made no sense…to take action on the crisis without engaging China.”

Instead, Rudd insisted that the best response should involve the broader G20 — which includes China — in order to harness China’s role as an emerging economic power and “to prevent the Chinese using the global crisis to make political points about the failure of Western capitalism.” But according to The Australian newspaper, Bush had no idea what the G20 was:

After the President explained the pressure from Europe for a G7-brokered action on supporting the credit sector and reforming regulation, Rudd immediately insisted the G20 was the solution.

Rudd was then stunned to hear Bush say: “What’s the G20?”

3 Responses to “Speaking of Dim Bulbs…”

  1. DrGail says:

    It is inconceivable to me that George Bush would not know, after almost eight full years as President, what the G20 is. Even if no one briefed him, he should have picked it up by osmosis. Perhaps he might have remembered attending one of the meetings? Hello?

    The only plausible explanation, then (besides Bush having misheard Rudd or Rudd being mistaken), is that Bush was so utterly disengaged that he genuinely didn’t know what the G20 was. Or he was too drunk.

    Regardless, I find it amazing that we didn’t have more disastrous things happen during his presidency than 9/11, the anthrax mailings, the DC sniper, and the shamefully botched handling of Hurricane Katrina’s devastation.

  2. Kathy says:

    Gail,

    I think disengaged is most likely the reason. From everything I’ve read about Bush and his administration and his personal history, etc., etc. (I’ve read a LOT), he actually is not stupid; but he IS strikingly incurious, unimaginative, uninterested in and uncaring about learning or knowing anything that is not within his narrow range of enthusiasms.

  3. tas says:

    Regardless, I find it amazing that we didn’t have more disastrous things happen during his presidency than 9/11, the anthrax mailings, the DC sniper, and the shamefully botched handling of Hurricane Katrina’s devastation.

    Checked out the economy lately? 🙂

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