Andrew H. Card Jr. wakes at 4:20 in the morning, shows up at the White House an hour or so later, convenes his senior staff at 7:30 and then proceeds to a blur of other meetings that do not let up until long after the sun sets. He gets home at 9 or 10 at night and sometimes fields phone calls until 11 p.m. Then he gets up and does it all over again.
Of all the reasons that President Bush is in trouble these days, not to be overlooked are inadequate REM cycles. Like chief of staff Card, many of the president's top aides have been by his side nonstop for more than five years, not including the first campaign, recount and transition. This is a White House, according to insiders, that is physically and emotionally exhausted, battered by scandal and drained by political setbacks...
...Lately it seems to many in the White House that they cannot catch a break -- insurgents blow up a holy shrine in Iraq, tipping the country toward civil war; Vice President Cheney accidentally shoots a hunting partner; a former top Bush adviser is arrested on theft charges...
Alright let's get a couple of things straight. Bush isn't losing any sleep. He's still going to bed early and getting up late, starting his job at about 9 in the morning and going up to watch "SportsCenter" & "Wheel of Fortune" with the Lump by 5. He isn't working that hard.
Second, and most importantly, with the exception of perhaps "not causing" a hurricane, they are responsible directly for most each fuck up causing their long days.
THEY invaded Iraq; THEY mishandled the occupation; THEY mishandled the Budget, THEY outed the name of a CIA Operative, THEY haven't caught Bin Laden; THEY negotiated a foolish treaty with India; THEY allowed the Dubai Ports deal; THEY were asleep at the switch on 9/11; and THEY mishandled the aftermath of the hurricane.
They also mishandle numerous other matters from social security to the environment which indirectly causes things like Katrina. All of their stupid-ass policy decisions are backfiring on them. I'd like to say it's not my problem and I told you so; except it is all of our problem and I never stopped saying I told you so -- fuck, I'm still telling you.
And finally, how abysmal is that last hightlighted paragraph?
Poor White House the innocent victim of it's own actions...you'd almost think that Cheney did not ACTUALLY shoot someone in the face and then take four days to talk about it; you'd almost think they had never fucked up anything in Iraq before that mosque went all "smart bomb"; and if a top Bush Adviser cannot get away with repeated acts of theft, well what is this world coming to?
I guess nobody in the Bush Administration anticipated bad things happening?