Jessica reminded us that it's May Day today, and half the blogosphere reminded me that it's been 5 years since our Fratboy-in-Chief declared "Mission Accomplished" in Iraq.
I don't think I have to go into an explanation of how wrong he was.
But I did find this article from Media Matters about the media coverage of that day, how commentators and journalists and Ann Coulter were all pretty much gaga over him in his flight suit.
One thing you can't fault the man for is not being dressed for the occasion.
What struck me about the comments was how much they focused on GWB's masculinity. A few of the more fun comments are after the jump.
From Chris Matthews:
We're proud of our president. Americans love having a guy as president, a guy who has a little swagger, who's physical, who's not a complicated guy like [former President Bill] Clinton or even like [former Democratic presidential candidates Michael] Dukakis or [Walter] Mondale, all those guys, [George] McGovern. They want a guy who's president. Women like a guy who's president. Check it out. The women like this war. I think we like having a hero as our president.
Speaking as a woman, and listening to the women who called into my radio show, seeing President Bush get out of that plane, carrying his helmet, he is a real man. He stands by his word. That was a very powerful moment.
Pat Caddell was called in to be the token Democrat, and here's what he had to say:
Well, first of all, Chris, the -- I think that -- you know, I was -- when I first heard about it, I was kind of annoyed. It sounded like the kind of PR stunt that Bill Clinton would pull. But and then I saw it. And you know, there's a real -- there's a real affection between him and the troops.[...]
He looks like a fighter pilot.[...]
But -- on there -- but the -- but you know, that was -- was hard not to be moved by their reaction to him and his reaction to them and -- you know, they -- it's a quality. It's an innate quality. It's a real quality.
Ann Coulter was on MSNBC and wasn't yet considered a fringe nut job:
It's stunning. It's amazing. I think it's huge. I mean, he's landing on a boat at 150 miles per hour. It's tremendous. It's hard to imagine any Democrat being able to do that. And it doesn't matter if Democrats try to ridicule it. It's stunning, and it speaks for itself.
OK, and another one from Matthews:
He looks for real. What is it about the commander in chief role, the hat that he does wear, that makes him -- I mean, he seems like -- he didn't fight in a war, but he looks like he does.
But this one from G. Gordon Liddy's the best:
Well, I -- in the first place, I think it's envy. I mean, after all, Al Gore had to go get some woman to tell him how to be a man. And here comes George Bush. You know, he's in his flight suit, he's striding across the deck, and he's wearing his parachute harness, you know -- and I've worn those because I parachute -- and it makes the best of his manly characteristic. You go run those -- run that stuff again of him walking across there with the parachute. He has just won every woman's vote in the United States of America. You know, all those women who say size doesn't count -- they're all liars. Check that out. I hope the Democrats keep ratting on him and all of this stuff so that they keep showing that tape.
The worst thing is that this seems eerily like the way most of these same people talk about John McCain.
They want it to happen over again. They can't stop their hero worship, their penis-envy of whichever candidate says she wants to blow up more countries. It's a mighty big ship, and while it's turned around for Bush, getting the entire country back to sanity's going to take quite a bit of work.
When it comes to the way TV commentators talk politics, we still aren't that far from 2003.