June 14, 2001
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Matchmaking in the White House. "...Bush himself likes to play matchmaker for aides. 'This is definitely a policy priority from the top,' she says So this is what he meant by "I'm a uniter not a divider."
posted by trox (11 comments total)
I read somewhere that Bush came out strongly against this article, as he doesn't see himself as a very good matchmaker. Apparently, he has the damndest time gluing those little red heads onto the ends of the sticks.

(rim shot)

I'm here all week, folks! Be sure to tip your waitress!
posted by jpoulos at 9:27 AM on June 14, 2001

I'll bet David Letterman will make a statement about this. Probably something about how Bill Clinton might have paid for an occasional prostitute when no one was looking, but gee! Georgie's bein' a pimp!

(crickets chirping)

Well, I thought it was funny.
posted by ZachsMind at 9:50 AM on June 14, 2001

At least he appears to understand the concept. Clinton was also a busy matchmaker, but kept matching people to himself...
posted by drywall at 9:51 AM on June 14, 2001

Aaaugh! Yet another Onion Story In Real Life. News flash! Men and women spending time together develop romantic relationships!

Doubtless, this is the first adminstration in history where working for the White House dated each other. Clearly Bush has played a pivotal role in brining this about.
posted by straight at 11:07 AM on June 14, 2001

Leave it to MeFites to come up with nothing but snark snark snark over a totally sweet (if someone obvious) article. Good gravy, people.
posted by Dreama at 11:11 AM on June 14, 2001

*Yawn* It's all been done before.
posted by Dirjy at 11:21 AM on June 14, 2001

Er, somewhat, not someone. Oh gah, you all knew what I meant.
posted by Dreama at 11:23 AM on June 14, 2001

And thought this would be a nice counterpoint to some of the nastiness (right and left) we've been seeing lately. A Bush story devoid of the environment, abortion, the death penalty and missile defense. By and large, I think the bush-bashing quotient is rather low here.
posted by trox at 11:30 AM on June 14, 2001

As compared to what? A DNC press conference?
posted by revbrian at 12:12 PM on June 14, 2001

Oh, by all means, let's coddle Bush, who after all has no skeletons at all in his closet. The state of the discourse was set during the vicious hounding of the last President. We got to hear all about his sexual peccadillos, his financial decisions, the state of his marriage...well, guess what? It's Bush's turn now. Everything he does will be scrutinized, every action of his administration mercilessly torn apart.

For everyone who gloated when our nation was paralyzed by what was, basically, the sexual history of Clinton and which ultimately had very little to do with his running of the nation, strap on your seatbelts. Do you think anyone is going to pass up the chance to make jokes about Bush's admitted drunk driving, his tepid understanding of foreign policy, his ridiculous proposals? Nope. Everything he says and does becomes grist for the mill. That's what happens when you elect a man (if, indeed, he was elected to the position at all, which is still up in the air for a whole lot of Americans) who is some kind of Cronenbergian fusion of his father and his father's vice president.

I am looking forward to spending the next four years hectoring the Bush administration. In my opinion, they are good for little else. I look forward to seeing reporters harangue the President on the subject of his daughter's alcohol difficulties, the claims that Karl Rove told James Hatfield about Bush' cocaine arrest and subsequent removal from the public record...and anything and everything else. He wanted the office so badly that he colluded with his brother to get it (and Jeb's probably regretting that one now, what with the oil difficulties the two are having...family squabbles are so uncomfortable) so he has to take the mockery.

Have fun, Shrub.
posted by Ezrael at 3:34 PM on June 14, 2001

"Cronenbergian"! YES!
posted by jpoulos at 7:20 AM on June 15, 2001

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