Thursday, April 27, 2006

Bush's Mouthpiece

Mikaela says:
There are 281 million people in the U.S. As of the 2000 Census, 62 million of us were employed as professionals. I couldn't find out how many journalists. Sue me. (Interesting, as an aside, that they're not called out in the Census. Wonder who made that decision.)

Out of 62 million people, the top person that Bush thinks should speak for him (and for us to other countries) is Tony Snow, who just last week, had this to say (courtesy Democracy Now):

People like Jesse Jackson who have committed themselves to a view that blacks are constantly victims, have succeeded in creating in the United States the most dangerous thing that we’ve encountered in our lifetime; which is, an underclass that doesn’t seem to be going anywhere.
This, opposed to nuclear bombs, ebola virus, avian flu epidemic, SARS, war in the middle east, etc.? Black poor people are what we should fear the most? Interesting. Because they're so powerful, right? Because they're in a great position to ... do what exactly? Stay poor? Take up arms? Take charity? Marry your daughter? What exactly are you afraid of, Tony?

Tony Snow went on to criticize what he described as: "the idiotic culture of hip-hop”:

You have people glorifying failure. You have a bunch of gold-toothed hot dogs become millionaires by running around and telling everybody else that they oughtta be miserable failures and if they’re really lucky maybe they can get gunned down in a diner sometime, like Eminem’s old running mate.

Why is he even talking about this? Why does it bother him? How does it affect him in any way? Unless, of course, he's a racist bastard... You decide.

So, Mr. Bush. This is the best mouth to spew your ... um ... positions, huh? Surveyed everyone available and chose him as your gold standard? What does that say about you and the kind of person who will speak for you? And what, exactly are you trying to say with this pick? And who are you speaking to?

Try again, Mr. President. This will not stand.