Politics and Religion

Firstly I read a very interesting article this morning on George Bush. According to the article Bush has read a total of 95 books this year. I'll give you just one juicy quote;

Like so many caricatures of the past eight years, this one is not only wrong, but also the opposite of the truth and evidence that bitterness can devour a small-minded critic. Mr. Bush loves books, learns from them, and is intellectually engaged by them.
George we don't agree on many things but I take my hat off to you. You've read more books than I.
h/t to Craig
I also found this article looking at Obama's decision to invite Rick Warren to his inauguration next month. While not a big fan I feel a bit sorry for Rick Warren. He's hated by the left for being anti homosexual but the right also disowns him for being "pro Obama". He can't win. What happened to tollerance?
For about a generation, many on the left have believed that active and unapologetic intolerance of the right was justified because its views on matters such as abortion and gay rights were simply unacceptable. This moral somersault may work for them, but to the average American voter, a full-throated assault on the likes of Rick Warren for being "wrong" on two of many issues looks like simple intolerance.



Benny said... 12/28/2008 10:31 am  

It's probably true, but do note who the author is, Mike.

mike said... 12/28/2008 10:45 am  

I did. I'm not sure what implication I should draw though...

Benny said... 12/28/2008 11:50 am  

You know that Karl Rove was one of the major manipulators during the Bush presidency?

mike said... 12/28/2008 12:09 pm  

"Mr. Rove is the former senior adviser and deputy chief of staff to President George W. Bush."

I already said I don't agree with many of George's policies but I'd affirm it's good thing he's read 95 books in a year.

If you asking me to assume that the author has an agenda, I'd agree, but if you're asking me to assume he's lying I'm not sure I can.

Amy Imms said... 12/28/2008 10:25 pm  

I don't really know much about George Bush. But my aunty and uncle know him quite well. My aunty and uncle are very intelligent and well-educated people and assure me that George Bush is also intelligent, good company and witty. They said that what he's really like is very different to what we see of him on television.

The Pook said... 12/31/2008 2:35 pm  

You have to have a reasonable IQ to make it to the whitehouse. Whilst also not a fan of Bush (I think history will judge his as one of the worst ever Presidencies), nevertheless I think his legendary stupidity is just that - a legend fostered by the mass media. They only have a limited imagination and a finite number of boxes to put people in. Once you get dumped by them in the box labelled "dope" everything you do and say is interpreted in that light. Selective editing can make anyone look like anything.

Claire :) said... 1/16/2009 2:14 pm  

It is interesting though. I mean, 95 books in a year... that's damn close to 1 every 4 days. I can read about that rate when I'm on holiday - doing things, but also taking a couple of hours each day to enjoy a book. Now to be able to do that year round, when I have a thousand things to think about, do, places to be, things to sign...... I, as a normal every day person, get about 1 book read a semester, if I'm lucky. As a president, I cannot imagine I'd have more time. So how do you do read 95 books? Are they "books" as in books of the bible, the physical reading of which does not take long (mostly!), or are they actually full on books, 300 odd pages each? If the latter, is that even possible without either neglecting duties, or speedreading everything to the point of missing stuff?
I dunno. I've been thinking aobut this post for a few weeks, and I conclude that more information is needed regarding Bush's reading habits!

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