Bush Inks Stimulus Bill With a Smirk
February 13, 2008 12:52 PM
With much flourish, a smirking President George W. Bush signed a bill today that would give rebate checks to many middle-class taxpayers in May, in the hopes of stimulating our anemic economy.
So what was with the smirk and his nervous laughter? I saw that hoked-up ritual on the news today and once again concluded that the outgoing president has the TVQ of a haystack.
Yes, TV cameras are cruel, but that’s what media coaches get paid big bucks to fix. Take presidential contender Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill.: He knows how to make love to the camera, as he demonstrated again in his primary victory speech last night.
By contrast, GOP contender Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., also a winner in last night’s primary races, looked like he was ready to go to bed, and yes, maybe too darn old to run the country.
But TVQ isn’t everything. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney had great on-air charisma, but he pulled out of the race.
So are American voters shallow, paying too much attention to the sizzle and not the steak?
Probably, but there is an element of show business in politics, for better or worse.