Every President fights lame duck status in the twilight of his (not her) leadership, but it's the rare bird that is so irrelevant that he doesn't pay attention to himself any more.
Saturday, May 17, 2008
Bush asks Saudis to lift oil quotas
With the price of oil hitting record highs, President Bush used a private visit to King Abdullah's ranch in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, yesterday to make a second attempt to persuade the Saudi government to increase oil production...Earlier, the White House press secretary, Dana Perino, told reporters aboard Air Force One that Bush was asking for increased production so American consumers could get some relief at the gasoline pump.
Hey, sure, why not? Be a nice thing to do before your last summer in office, drive down gas prices before summer. Sure, he asked once before and the Saudis said no, but maybe they didn't hear him the first time. Maybe the third time will be the charm, no?
Sunday, May 18, 2008
Bush defends Saudis on oil
President Bush said Saudi Arabia's small increase in oil production will not solve soaring U.S. fuel prices, but he defended the wealthy kingdom Saturday against American lawmakers "screaming the loudest" for Riyadh to open its spigots.
Hmm? What now? What just happened? People screaming the loudest? Like, say, a President who personally asked the Saudis to open their spigots twice in two months? Is that...does he mean himself? Is he referring to himself the day before? You know...it took seven years, but I'm finally starting to wonder if maybe electing Bush was a mistake.