A View From The Handbasket

Tuesday, November 08, 2005
President Crankypants
Posted by neros_fiddle at 8:50 PM
Many thanks to the Rude Pundit (link to the right, posts left) for alerting us to this passage from a recent NYT piece on the President's calamitous journey to South America:

Not least, the always-on-time, early-rising Mr. Bush found himself so much at the mercy of Argentina's late, leisurely scheduling that on Friday he sat down to a dinner with Western Hemisphere leaders at 10:15 p.m., already past his bedtime, and did not get back to his hotel room until nearly 12:40 a.m.

The next day, an administration official said Mr. Bush would skip a two-hour lunch with the leaders because of "time served" at dinner the night before. But the president's planned escape was soon moot because the contentious summit talks ran so late, three hours over schedule at that point, that Argentina canceled the lunch.

So by 3:30 p.m., evidently on an empty stomach, Mr. Bush said he was sticking to his itinerary - a 4:05 p.m. Air Force One departure from Argentina to go to Brazil - and he did, leaving an assistant secretary of state behind to sweat out the trade talks. They ended hours later in failure.

So we have a President who doesn't do his job because he missed his bedtime. I thought there was a minimum age specified in the Constitution for that position.

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