A moment I’ve been dreading. George brought his ne’re-do-well son around this morning and asked me to find the kid a job. Not the political one who lives in Florida. The one who hangs around here all the time looking shiftless. This so-called kid is already almost 40 and has never had a real job.
— Ronald Reagan, Diaries, May 17, 1986
Digby says this isn’t the right time for snark, but I disagree. Every time a prominent Republican sticks their head up is the right time for snark as well as cynicism and censure and condemnation, especially when the Republican is a thief, a traitor, a mass murderer and an alcoholic cokehead fool.
I suppose getting GeeDubya on board with relief for Haiti is useful, to some extent, for kinda sorta slightly but not too forcefully blunting the idiocy spewing out of Limbaugh and Pat Robertson, but not for much else. He certainly isn’t expected to take a hands-on role in any way, at least according to his own version of a job description:
“There’s a great sense of desperation. And so, my attention is on trying to help people deal with the desperation.”
Sure. Just like he helped people through the desperation of Katrina,
a level of empathy he learned at his mother’s knee:
“What I’m hearing, which is sort of scary, is they all want to stay in Texas. Everyone is so overwhelmed by the hospitality. And so many of the people in the [Astrodome] arena here, you know, were underprivileged anyway so this is working very well for them.”
He certainly isn’t going to attract much in the way of charitable contribution by his disjointed oratory. Just as during the presidency and the governorship and every other position he’s been handed, his heart just isn’t in it. He doesn’t even care enough to try and fake it:
Considering the billions of dollars he stole from American taxpayers and shuttled off to his rich cronies under the pretext of reconstructing Iraq and Afghanistan, George W. Bush is the last person I’d trust to run any sort of charitable enterprise. He, along with Cheney and most of his government, ought to be in prison if not hung. He sure as hell shouldn’t be paraded around in decent company like he’s some kind of solid citizen. I try to not be too hard on Obama, the man has his hands full, but frankly this association makes me puke.