While President George W. Bush travels around the country in a last-ditch effort to sell his Iraq war, White House aides scramble frantically behind the scenes to hide the dark mood of an increasingly angry leader who unleashes obscenity-filled outbursts at anyone who dares disagree with him.
"I'm not meeting again with that g*dd*mned bitch," Bush screamed at aides who suggested he meet again with Cindy Sheehan, the war-protesting mother whose son died in Iraq. "She can go to hell as far as I'm concerned!"
Bush, administration aides confide, frequently explodes into tirades over those who protest the war, calling them "motherf*cking traitors." He reportedly was so upset over Veterans of Foreign Wars members who wore "bullsh*t protectors" over their ears during his speech to their annual convention that he told aides to "tell those VFW assh*les that I'll never speak to them again is they can't keep their members under control."
White House insiders say Bush is growing increasingly bitter over mounting opposition to his war in Iraq. Polls show a vast majority of Americans now believe the war was a mistake and most doubt the President's honesty.
"Who gives a flying f*ck what the polls say," he screamed at a recent strategy meeting. "I'm the President and I'll do whatever I g*dd*mned please. They don't know sh*t."
There's more. Oh brother is there more.
Do we dare believe such things? This website news publication has been online for over a decade and apparently has a reputation of being non-partisan and brutal. Indeed, briefif look through their archives show they were no friend of Bill Clinton. They are equal opportunity journalists that always go for the jugular and count as a point of pride their devotion to backing up their stories with credible, albeit anonymous, sources.
What the article does bring to my mind is what I believe is the only real way that Bush's hard core supporters will ever sway from his side. Namely, if he ever makes a spectacle of himself like this on tape. When it comes to all the wrong things he has done and all the bad things that have come from his decisions, Bush supporters will rationalize it to their last dying breath. A true showing of his character, however, would be a different story.
I don't really want to make a comparison to Nixon here, because as shocking as people found Tricky Dick's cursing in those infamous tapes, the times have changed to the point that swearing alone wouldn't do Bush in. But if he comes through as a cold hearted bastard and egomaniac, as he does in the article, that would make people think twice about having him as the leader of the free world.
So in the end, if I'm right about this, the fate of the Bush presidency is ultimately not in our hands (i.e. the Few, the Proud, the members of the Reality-Based Community), but in theirs. The best we can do, in our finest Tom Cruise A Few Good Men fashion, is keep up the heat until Bush finally blinks and lets out the brutal truth. Let's hope it comes soon.