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15 April 2008 @ 09:58 pm
Just too damned far.  
Pope Palpatine has just been granted the upper hand, a first and a new low for the Resident of the Oval Office.

There is... simply no depth to which Shrub will not sink, in regards to diminishing the dignity of the office of the President of the United States. Shrub awaited the Pontiff on the tarmac. Understand what I'm saying here: the highest elected official of the last remaining superpower, the Chief Executive of the Union, has spent time standing on hot asphalt waiting for a religious leader from another country.

Folks, I want to stress this. The President of the United States is an elected position. The holder of the office is not necessarily a better person than those who have elected him or her. Sitting behind that desk does not transform a person into a hero, a philosopher, or a king.

That being said, the President of the United States stands waiting for NO ONE. A right and proper President holds a trust that should be sacrosanct, the trust of the American people to stand and represent us all. In this one thing, Shrub has dropped the straw that has broken this particular camel's back. Yes, I considered him a failure as a President prior to this. Certainly I have lamented how he denigrates us all in the past, as well as remarking on the shame he brings to this most noble of offices.

This, however. This is atrocious. The President of the United States waits for no man, no woman, no one. A visitor is conveyed to the President, who will see the visitor by appointment or when time permits. King or peasant, peer or pauper, you await the attention of the Oval Office, not the reverse. Never the reverse.

He has trod upon the flag, here. He has damned well spit on the Constitution in the past, and in this act, he uses it as a bog roll.

Too. Damned. Much.
Current Mood: furious
KLS: booklustguruwench on April 16th, 2008 04:26 am (UTC)
I'm a bit confused as to what you found objectionable - I ask honestly, not knowing, rather than as a means to try to yank your chain. Would you be averse to explaining a bit more to me, please? (My Canadianism is showing. ;) )

Believe me, I have no love for the Shrub! I just want to understand the argument you're making, and I don't have the cultural basis for it at present.
Traveler Farlandertwfarlan on April 16th, 2008 11:57 am (UTC)
It's my national pride making a very, really extremely rare showing of itself. The flag always flies higher than the flags of other countries, the salute of a US soldier is palm down because we don't lose, and our Executive is supposed to be too damned busy to stand around waiting for some high priest at an airport.

This is by no means the worst thing Shrub has done, not even the worst way he's offended the dignity of the office, really. It just burnt me at that moment.
KLS: booklustguruwench on April 17th, 2008 01:20 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much for explaining - I understand much better now. It's something that I doubt would be an issue up here - I have no idea, even, if our PM (any of 'em) has waited for visiting dignitaries of any stripe at airports, or if they've not. It's just not a big deal. That's why I was so confused by your post.

Thanks again. :)
Skyepagawne on April 16th, 2008 05:35 am (UTC)
Vote in November, I know I will. I agree, what the village idiot did certainly is not acceptable.
Traveler Farlandertwfarlan on April 16th, 2008 11:59 am (UTC)
I'll even tell you, I'm voting for the only one in the pack I think actually respects the office enough to sit it properly: Senator Obama. Clinton is a lawyer, and not just by profession, and McCain is just one more Republican, it would seem.
Ace Lightning: a'holeacelightning on April 16th, 2008 07:40 am (UTC)
to me, this is on a par with his holding hands with a Saudi prince, or giving the chancellor of Germany an unwanted neck rub. the idiot just doesn't know how to be, or even act, presidential. but by this time, that shouldn't surprise anyone... *sigh*

Traveler Farlandertwfarlan on April 16th, 2008 12:01 pm (UTC)
You're right, of course. It's not even the worst offense to the dignity of the office that he's committed. But for him to stand and wait for ... for the Pope?! He's now offending every foreign leader and high cleric of faiths that he DIDN'T stand there and wait to deplane. Did he stand on the tarmac for Queen Elizabeth II? Would he stand there for the Dalai Lama? Then he insults them by letting them know that the President of the United States considers them beneath his time when compared to the Pontiff of Rome.
Ace Lightning: flagacelightning on April 17th, 2008 07:21 am (UTC)
"Hiya, Yer Popeness! Welcome to Amurrka! We got a lotta yer Catlicks here - you're gonna tell 'em all to vote Republican, ain'tcha?"

The Cajun Gypsythatcrazycajun on April 17th, 2008 12:21 am (UTC)
Considering that once upon a time, Jack Kennedy's biggest problem in winning the Presidency was that an awful lot of people thought he would take orders directly from the Vatican, there's gotta be some kind of irony in here somewhere...