Wednesday, November 12, 2008

W.'s biggest regrets

Or alternate title, "Let me outta here!"

So W. did an interview about, at least in part, his biggest regrets.
He mentioned the "Mission Accomplished" banner and the old west poster statement as regrets. Of course there are other things that could be brought up but, I'm not going to.

Believe it or not I have not seen the movie "W." however, I have read that W. is portrayed as almost a sympathetic figure defined by circumstances beyond his control. That may be true however, great figures are not defined by their circumstance, a great person changes and defines their circumstance. Perhaps that is the greatest lesson of the W. presidency, you get what you pay for. Folks wanted a president that they wouldn't mind having a beer with. That may seem like a great, down to earth criteria for selecting a president to some. When I heard that criteria going on 9 years ago I thought it was a terrible idea. And it still is. And so you have a president talking about the regrets of his presidency, while he's still in office, as if the circumstances of his presidency were beyond his control. Maybe, given these circumstances and this president, they were beyond his control.