Not My President [Dan Collins]
Over at Flopping Aces, Wordsmith has up an excellent post on GWB. An excerpt:
HereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s the way WaPo reported it:
As Bush, in blue academic robes, accepted his award and rose to speak, the graduates raised a sea of yellow protest signs with slogans such as Ã¢â‚¬Å“Conservation, not Consumption,Ã¢â‚¬Â and Ã¢â‚¬Å“Execute Justice, not People.Ã¢â‚¬Â Students booed, hissed and heckled the president, and some turned their backs on him, made gagging sounds or shouted Ã¢â‚¬Å“Go away!Ã¢â‚¬Â
Students from the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies wore miniature power plants on their mortar boards, burning incense through tiny smokestacks. Scott Hedges, whose power-plant graduation cap even had a toy coal car, joked that Ã¢â‚¬Å“emissions requirements were waivedÃ¢â‚¬Â for his polluting cap under BushÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s new energy policy.
More than 170 Yale professors boycotted the ceremony because they said Bush was not worthy of his honorary degree. Students wore stickers declaring Ã¢â‚¬Å“Got Arsenic?Ã¢â‚¬Â and Ã¢â‚¬Å“5-4,Ã¢â‚¬Â a reference to the Supreme Court decision that essentially handed Bush the presidency. A banner flying from a dorm room window portrayed Bush as Mad magazineÃ¢â‚¬â„¢sAlfred E. Neuman wearing a pin that said Ã¢â‚¬Å“Worry.Ã¢â‚¬Â
The angry reaction to a GOP president was no surprise on a liberal campus
He had been in office for only 5 months.
Some critics say they gave President Bush a fair shake and a decent chance; they point out his high approval rating right after Sept. 11th.
I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t buy it. I think most decent Americans who call themselves patriots would have rallied around the sitting president by default no matter who it was. From DAY ONE, many of BushÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s staunchest critics never accepted him as their president.
Recall the protests in 2000 against his inauguration. Was it just about the Florida recount fiasco? Recall some of the fear and protests against ReaganÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s election to the presidency and how protesters worldwide thought heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d plunge us into a nuclear holocaust:
When he traveled to Europe in 1982 he faced massive protests in France, Britain, Italy, and especially Germany. Historians and philosophers of history will be faced one day (when they wake up) with a puzzle. Compare ReaganÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s trip to Europe in Ã¢â‚¬Ëœ82 with JFKÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s two decades earlier. Both arrived bearing the same message: America will stand by Europe. America and Europe will face down the Soviet threat together. But Europe loved Kennedy to pieces and did not love Reagan at all. Why? The answer must lie, at least partly, in a sign waved at Reagan by a European peace-marcher in 1982: Ã¢â‚¬Å“I am afraid.Ã¢â‚¬Â As Europe steadily disarmed and her enemies did not, she grew (not surprisingly) steadily less bold and more scared. Ã¢â‚¬Ëœ63, Ã¢â‚¬Ëœ82, Ã¢â‚¬Ëœ03; the deterioration is sad and clear.
The answer also lies in the Ã¢â‚¬Å“DÃ¢â‚¬Â and the Ã¢â‚¬Å“RÃ¢â‚¬Â.
I’m proud to say that the wingnut reaction to Obama’s election has been, by and large, very different. When Cokie Roberts reads off her poll numbers on The One, she may reflect that O!s political opponents do nevertheless view him as their president and are willing to extend him their goodwill and to give him a chance.
The infantile left will say that their animus is Boooooooshitler’s fault, of course. It is impossible that they should have any conception of their own bad faith or the distaste that their eight years of unmitigated tantrums have left in our mouths.
Meanwhile, we can expect more revelations about matters such as O!s actual funding on the one hand, and the actual legality of the Chimperor’s wiretaps on the other, once The One is safely ensconced in the White House. Apologies? Naw, those we won’t see.
Also related: Stevie Smith’s “The Bishops of the Church of England”.
Furthermore, a substantive critique of BDS by Rick Moran