Monday, May 08, 2006

Let them eat fish

Gone Fishin'Asked about his best moment as President, W told a German paper:

"You know, I've experienced many great moments and it's hard to name the best.…I would say the best moment of all was when I caught a 7.5 pound (3.402 kilos) perch in my lake," he told the newspaper in an interview published on Sunday.
This nicely answers the question first asked in 2003 and recently restated by Josh Marshall – in both cases, the answer is that this administration has failed at everything it has attempted, short of fishing and brush clearing. (Though even that is debatable. How much brush has his ranch got, anyway?)

Astute fact-checkers have pointed out that this would be twice the size of the largest perch ever, and that the fish may actually have been a bass – the German publication says it was a "Siebeneinhalb-Pfund-Barsch." (If so, there are endless jokes to be made about a certain novelty item.)

In any event, this is a rather less lofty achievement than the Camp David Accords or resolving the genocide in Kosovo, the "best moments" listed by Presidents Carter and Clinton, respectively.

Can anyone else suggest a better moment than Bush's great day on the lake? The rush of outing a CIA agent? The thrill of conning Congress and the UN regarding Iraqi WMDs? The exhilaration of watching a town in Iraq be retaken for the 3rd or 4th time? The armchair warrior's rush that comes from ordering someone to be tortured?

Unfortunately, the challenge with the opposite question is that there are so many options for a worst moment. Aside from the obvious moments like 9/11 or Katrina, there is the crushing poverty which has only gotten worse under this president, the disconnect between rich and poor, the lack of health care, the catastrophic failure to shift the course of our energy policy, the rapidly rising cost not just of college tuition, but of the textbooks and other incidental costs of an education.

I wish the President would take up fishing full time, and leave the governing to people who do the job better.