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Tuesday, August 16, 2005
Ann Althouse points to this News Day article about the shocking revelation for some that President Bush reads books.
First of all, I find the author's exclamation to be pretty outrageous. Are some people so enamored by their own insane comparisons between Bush and Hitler, or Bush and a chimp that they actually believe that he doesn't read? That point aside, I find the comparison that Bush has drawn between salt and oil to be rather interesting, especially given the history of salt that the article describes. But back the stupid exclamations of the authors:
What I find fascinating is that the author seems to think that Bush is kept in some sort of reclusive state, hidden away from the world where only approved messages are given to him, and only certain books by certain authors with certain views make it to his reading stand. Given this particular author's "virulent opposition to Bush", it's really no surprise he would think that. Hitler's staff did exactly that to him... controlling what information got to him in order to avoid... well... being a dead messenger. And seeing as how so many people seem to love the Bush is Hitler meme, it's no surprise that he would expect the same parallel here.
Once again... the fact that the White House would consult with an expert in a field, even though he may oppose the administration personally, I think is encouraging, and not at all surprising. After all, isn't it one of the biggest complaints about Bush that he only surrounds himself with "Yes Men"? Are people so foolish to think that he would avoid consulting with certain experts because of their views on the war?
Personally I'm impressed. His reading list is a lot more worldly than mine, which right now consists of "The Bourne Supremacy" (completely different from the movie by the way), and the audio version of The Da Vinci Code.
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