Either this man has nerves of steel or an extremely warped sense of priorities.
You can’t have a 9/11 tribute without the man who made this whole thing possible — Dubyah. Over the course of the past week, and any other 9/11 commemoration this past decade for that matter, George W. Bush has been making plenty of appearances. Everywhere you turn the 43rd President of our United States of America is being interviewed and telling his tales of the horrific day. He held the most powerful office in the world on our country’s worst day, and he famously handled the aftermath poorly. After his gunslinging “dead or alive” proclamation, President Bush went on to get us involved in two wars and help ruin our economy.
But you know all of this, so lets stop talking about the misery he help provide and skip over to the laughs. George W. Bush was one of the worst speakers of any president in U.S. history. The fact that former President Clinton and our current commander in chief Barack Obama are celebrated orators never helped Bush’s cause. Quiet frankly he just sounded dumb, and that’s never a good thing, especially when you’re the most powerful man in the world.
When Bush wasn’t busy creating his own vocabulary, he spent his free time trying to see how far he could stick his foot down his throat. This week was no different. During an interview for the HBO documentary “Beyond 9/11: Portraits of Resilience,” Bush explained his experience throwing out the first pitch at the Yankees vs. Diamondbacks worst series game in 2001. The former president referred to the event as the most nervous he’s ever been in his life.
The adrenaline was coursing through my veins, and the ball felt like a shotput. And Todd Greene, the catcher, looked really small. Sixty feet and six inches seemed like a half-mile. And anyway, I took a deep breath and threw it, and thankfully it went over the plate. The response was overwhelming. It was the most nervous I had ever been. It was the most nervous moment of my entire presidency, it turns out.
This was the most nervous moment? Really? I mean it sounds like a chapter in a Matt Christopher book. That’s almost as ridiculous as saying Kanye’s “George Bush doesn’t like black people” comment was the worst moment of his presidency. Oh wait, he did that too.
One would think someone taught him the responsible use of superlatives during his time at Phillips Andover or Yale or Harvard. Right?