Aug 13, 2001
When Bush finishes his current month-long vacation, he will have rolled up 96 days of vacation since taking office on January 20 – that’s right, almost 14 weeks!
He wasn’t missed – and not because he occasionally gets things a bit wrong.
Bush, like other presidents before him, is only window dressing. The real work of government is carried on elsewhere by other people – people who were never elected, who don’t even pretend to answer to the population, who aren’t known by the population. The big bankers who shift back and forth onto the federal reserve, corporate lawyers who run the various departments which affect their companies, military men whose movement through the ranks is funded by military goods producers – this is the real government.
While Bush is on vacation, this apparatus continues to act – in his name. And given the wonders of modern technology, he can download the speeches they write for him onto the Teleprompter set up in the living room of his Texas “ranch” – from where he can read them while earnestly wrinkling up his forehead to show he is thinking.