GWB's sick sense of humor

  1. Bush thought it would be OK to "joke" like this? I can imagine the outrage of those familes with loved ones and relatives in Iraq. He is such a piece of work! November can't come quick enough.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/3570845.stm

    Bush's Iraq WMDs joke backfires


    Opponents accuse Bush of being out of touch
    US President George W Bush has sparked a political firestorm by making a joke about the failure to find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.
    At a black-tie dinner for journalists, Mr Bush narrated a slide show poking fun at himself and other members of his administration.

    One pictured Mr Bush looking under a piece of furniture in the Oval Office, at which the president remarked: "Those weapons of mass destruction have got to be here somewhere."


    After another one, showing him scouring the corner of a room, Mr Bush said: "No, no weapons over there," he said.

    And as a third picture, this time showing him leaning over, appeared on the screen the president was heard to say: "Maybe under here?"

    If George Bush thinks his deceptive rationale for going to war is a laughing matter, then he's even more out of touch than we thought

    John Kerry
    Democratic Party challenger for the presidency
    The audience at Wednesday's 60th annual dinner of the Radio and Television Correspondents' Association obviously thought the quips hilarious - there were laughs all round - but the next morning, in the cold light of day, things looked far less amusing.

    The joke about the fruitless search for Iraqi WMDs so far, Washington's prime justification for the US-led invasion, has been branded as tasteless and ill-judged.

    'Undermining' sacrifices

    Mr Bush's election challenger Senator John Kerry described the president's attitude as "stunningly cavalier".

    "If George Bush thinks his deceptive rationale for going to war is a laughing matter, then he's even more out of touch than we thought," he said in a written statement.

    "Unfortunately for the president, this is not a joke."


    Mr Kerry's statement also included a comment from Iraq war veteran Brad Owens, who said: "War is the single most serious event that a president or government can carry its people into.

    "This cheapens the sacrifice that American soldiers and their families are dealing with every single day."

    More than 500 US soldiers have died in the war and thousands more have been injured.

    US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld was asked what he thought of this incident at a press conference on Friday, but he dodged the issue, saying that he couldn't comment as he hadn't been at the event.
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  2. 41 Comments

  3. by   fergus51
    I dunno, I think it's kinda funny. At least he can admit they haven't found them, and God knows, I've developped a sick sense of humour as a nurse. I'm sure if a patient's family heard me, they would be horrified, but I need to blow off steam.
  4. by   sbic56
    Fergus, it would have been quite funny if he were, say, messing around with Laura, in private, peeking uder coffee table in the White House looking for the WMD, but not in a public venue. Sure, we all use black humor regarding our patients to lighten our day, but we have the good sense not to joke in front of them. Our president doesn't share the same common sense, unfortunately.
  5. by   Mkue
    I think it's kinda funny. I'm not surprised the bbc is running this piece and calling it sick and I think they are trying to make it a political firestorm. I doubt this will bring the outrage they are looking for.
  6. by   Energizer Bunny
    Well, it outrages me!!! He's unbelievable.
  7. by   NursesRmofun
    Although I can see both sides.....
    Yes, in some ways, it is funny. Then again, I can see how it WOULD NOT be funny to those who have lost family members and friends in the war and the aftermath. Therefore, I think it was a mistake and inappropriate.
  8. by   SharonH, RN
    Lemme see:


    589 dead American soldiers
    3383 wounded American soldiers
    10631 dead Iraqi civilians



    Two arms, burned all over, both parents, and six brothers and sisters killed


    Now what was the punchline again?
  9. by   Rustyhammer
    This guy HAS to be given the boot in Nov. He is a dangerous man.
    -R
  10. by   fergus51
    Really, I think if this wasn't an election year, this wouldn't have been mentionned. Apparently the entire audience was laughing because it was supposed to be a bit of a roast. It was the atmosphere, just like we sometimes make jokes in the break room that we wouldn't make in front of patients or their families.

    I think there are a lot of better reasons to critique Bush.
  11. by   Mkue
    Also, we have to remember that finding WMD was NOT the only reason to oust SH and liberate the Iraqi people. IF WMD were the only reason than perhaps not finding them wouldn't be much of a joke but the Bush Administration had many other reasons for going to war such as liberating the Iraqi people and Resolution 1441.
  12. by   sbic56
    Quote from mkue
    Also, we have to remember that finding WMD was NOT the only reason to oust SH and liberate the Iraqi people. IF WMD were the only reason than perhaps not finding them wouldn't be much of a joke but the Bush Administration had many other reasons for going to war such as liberating the Iraqi people and Resolution 1441.
    If the WMD weren't depicted as such an imminent threat, it is very unlikely we would have gone to war. Bush knows that. I guess that is what he sees as so funny. The WMD's were his ace in the hole. Only thing is, he was bluffing.

    (Note the Bush card game mentality that he so likes to use?)
  13. by   jnette
    To be honest, I was deeply disturbed by this.

    It's as if he's laughing at the world while inwardly gloating "I got my way, I got my way".

    In light of the thousands of Iraqi deaths.. the women and children maimed... and the precious lives of our own.. our sons, daughters, sisters, brothers.. daddys who will never see their little ones again...

    no.. I find this remark to be beyond inappropriate.

    I think if we were to be completely honest with ourselves, there could be no denying that this war is sth. this man has wanted from day one in office. There's simply no getting around that. He was absolutely dertermined to get the man who attempted and failed to kill his father.. he has had a blood lust ever since. He was entirely too eager to blame EVERYTHING on Iraq, and swiftly so.

    It was precisely the WMDs that sent us to war. WMDs were presented to us as THE deciding factor.

    Had Saddam alone been the only issue, he could have been done away with easily enough... without all the unecessary bloodshed of Iraqi civilians, as well as that of our own. With Saddam gone, the Iraqis would have still obtained their liberation.. and held on to their husbands, sons, daughters, mothers, fathers, etc.... as well.

    When I think of all who died and continue to die daily for what was drummed into our heads... the WMDs, the WMDs, the WMDs... and then to hear a remark such as this and that he might even think it was funny sickens me to the very pit of my stomach.
  14. by   donmurray
    Sense of humor? I see precious little evidence of either.

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