Bush tells a German newspaper that his best moment in office has been catching a fish in his private lake.
The polls seem to support his statement.
Seriously, WTF? To exactly which constituency is this kind of faux-folksy bullshit supposed to appeal? Even the most bass-crazed moron in the world cannot think that this is an appropriate response from the ostensible leader of the free world. His duties as a public servant notwithstanding, we would think that his roles as husband and father would provide some flush of pride or moment of contentment greater than that of catching a freaking fish. No? Well, I guess 'ol Dubya is flying a serious bird to the whack jobs at Focus on the Family.
Look: for all I know, he's telling the truth. It probably is true. Most of what he's been busy doing is making the world into scarier, dirtier, and more chaotic place for my child to inhabit. Which — for me, at least — plucks it cleanly out of the realm of the political and plants it firmly in the personal. I certainly can't think of anything the man has done that should give him a greater sense of satisfaction than catching this fish.
But maybe – just maybe – the President of the United States should have come up with a better answer for the German press.
Even if it was just a fish story.