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Bush is an idiot

George W. Bush is an idiot.

Last week, he was photographed driving around his ranch in his pickup, and he didn't have his seat belt on.

The law on the matter is clear: Bush had every legal right to do so.

Texas, like every other state but my own New Hampshire, has a mandatory seat belt law. But that law -- like pretty much every other motor vehicle law -- does not reach on to private property.

One can drive around in an unregistered, uninspected, uninsured vehicle at any speed one likes, with as many people in the vehicle, with no seat belts, drunk off your ass, without a license as long as one stays on private property. And Bush did not venture off his Crawford ranch.

But there's a difference between "legal" and "right."

Bush, like it or not, is not just anyone. He is not a private citizen. He is the President of the United States, and that is a 24/7/365 obligation until January 20, 2009. As such, he has absolutely no right to place himself in unnecessary physical danger. He owes the American people his continuing health and survival. He took the oath of office and promised to serve us for the full length of his term of office, and doing stupid crap like this is a violation of the spirit of that oath.

Even his fiercest detractors should agree with me that Bush should buckle up. If they don't at first, let me just say three simple words:

President Dick Cheney.

I've said -- far too often to count -- that I am a seat belt militant, while simultaneously arguing against seat belt laws. But I think that public officials -- especially high-ranking ones, like Bush and New Jersey's Goveror Corzine -- have an obligation beyond that of private citizens to avoid doing such plainly stupid things like this.

I'll repeat it: Bush did absolutely nothing illegal last week. But he did do something stupid, and it's coming out that he routinely does this.

I think it's time he got a good ass-chewing from his wife or mother on this, though.


Comments (45)

This also makes the point t... (Below threshold)
Jumpinjoe:

This also makes the point that as President you live under a microscope.

I never drive unbuckled nor do my passengers. Bells and whistles go off telling me so anyway.

However when on my own back 40 when hauling a woodpile to my fire pit (aka...my happy place) I drive slow and for the short distance will bypass the buckle.

But really now, is this news? I would say yes if he were flying down a dirt road doing 60 mph, a dust cloud behind him, going airborne on the bumps all the while hanging his head out the window, waving a cowboy hat and yelling "Yeeeeeee-haaaaaa". Oh...and if he had a baby in his lap, that would be newsworthy too.

I've also cut the New Jersey Governor some slack too since he was on his way to an emergency meeting due to a national crisis...or something.

This post comes in a close ... (Below threshold)
marc:

This post comes in a close second to "Let's Impeach President Bush" as the best troll bait of the weekend.

However, you're are correct JT the example should come from the top.

Yer nuts.... (Below threshold)
Jay Wills:

Yer nuts.

I read the other day that h... (Below threshold)

I read the other day that he was starting a campfire and did not close the matchbook cover before striking! The man is a freak'n daredevil.

Gotta call bullshit on this... (Below threshold)

Gotta call bullshit on this one Jay. You northerners just don't have a clue. You've obviouly never been driving on a ranch in Texas. I seriously doubt the staunchest seat belt whacko out there would see a need for one on a private road with no other traffic and top speeds reaching the dizzying high of 15 mph. Bush's ranch is tiny by our standards, it's less than 3 sections (that's square miles for you Yankees), my own ranch is a lot bigger and I've never had any need to drive over 20 on it and would shoot anyone I caught driving that fast or faster. Saying that he needs one to drive in a pickup on his own ranch that's no more than 3 miles from end-to-end is ridiculous, he probably goes faster on his bicycle and you aren't demanding he wears a seat belt when he rides it.

He should give up that moun... (Below threshold)
Baron Von Ottomatic:

He should give up that mountain bike of his as well. Remember the road rash on his face when he took that spill?

How many times does Bush chew each bite of food? My mom said twenty-five times to be safe. Wouldn't want him choking on a pretzel or anything. And why doesn't he use a spork? I don't like the thought of fork tines near the president's jugular.

I hope for our sake he practices safe sex with Laura. Can't bo too careful.

Does the White House bathtub have those little hippy rubber flowers stuck on the bottom to keep Bush from slipping? Imagine if a bar of Ivory incapacitated the leader of the free world. He should stop bathing altogether. Maybe it will endear him to the French...

There are many secret aspec... (Below threshold)
Mac Lorry:

There are many secret aspects of being President of the US. Jimmy complained that Ronald wasn't paying attention as he explained those secrets. One of those secrets is that Presidents are required to occasionally do stupid things just to prove to the rest of the world they are human.

Jimmy needed no help in the stupid department. Ronald would make stupid comments into microphones knowing full well they were really on (anytime a president speaks into a microphone you can bet it's on). Clinton did oral sex in the oval office with someone other than his wife. Bush drives around his ranch without wearing seat belts.

I'm sure we could compile long lists of Presidential stupidity, but the news here is that it's a secret requirement of the job. Ok, I don't know that for sure, I'm just going by the evidence. I'm also extending the idea of Capt. Barbossa, which is "You have to be lost to find a place that's never been found." That extension is "You have to be ignorant to find a fact that's never been known." Ok, ok, it's a slow weekend and I'm bored. Apparently, Jay is as well.

"He is not a private citize... (Below threshold)
Rob LA Ca.:

"He is not a private citizen."

But I thought what He(President) does behind closed doors or on his own property is his business, LOL Right? Well that's one of the things I clearly remember being hammered over and over again in my ignorant democratic days. I know his immigration policy sucks ass but really Jay , Idiot?

Actually I'm just giving you shit. Seatbelt militant? I won't ask nunuma business.

What does strikes me as odd is the level of concern for the Presidents well being. Were those people who where staunch democratic supporters worried about BJ Clinton catching AIDS or some STD's or even a Lorena L. Bobbitt type encounter? Heck he could have keeled over with his unhealthy lifestyle and habits.

"As such, he has absolutely no right to place himself in unnecessary physical danger"

Oh man now I get it , boy do I owe the moonbats a huge apology, thanks Jay. All this time I thought there beat a heart of darkness in every Clinton Defender. They really were looking out for the well being of Bent Willie after all. I mean I can't imagine the horror and imminent danger he put himself in having to ask the "HILDABEAST" (Mrs. Hilary Rotten Clinton) for sex. Yo, those flying ashtrays can really F**k shit up, even kill ones sorry behind. LOL.

"Does the White House batht... (Below threshold)
Rob LA Ca.:

"Does the White House bathtub have those little hippy rubber flowers stuck on the bottom to keep Bush from slipping?"

BVO , LOL no man , don't you know? They were crazy glued to the Ceiling buy the previous Occupants. Where you been? he he he

JT, in my opinion, you are ... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

JT, in my opinion, you are reaching here. At least you clarified your thesis with "I am a militant seat belt advocate." I would say obsessive/compulsive. I am from Texas as well. We pride ourselves on our freedoms and distrust government so much that our legislature meets every other year for a few months. We do have the seat belt law, but mostly reluctantly comply usually to save money by not getting a ticket. I am a firm believer in people having the right to be stupid and careless with their own lives. I also believe the inside of my vehicle is my property to use as I see fit as long as I obey vehicles/street laws. If the government passes a law that you must have both hands on the steering wheel at the 10 and 2 o'clock position because it has been found that people have a better chance of controlling their vehicle thus fewer accidents, would you be for that law also? ww

Change the law to require a... (Below threshold)
Scrapiron:

Change the law to require all democrat crazies to wear seatbelts (not life jackets) when riding a boat. The bodies will be easier to find strapped to the boat.

What about all those poo... (Below threshold)
Rob LA Ca.:

What about all those poor starving fish? They have feelings you know and deserve to eat.

Crap! he landed a jet on ... (Below threshold)
Rob LA Ca.:

Crap! he landed a jet on a moving Carrier. That SOB , how dare he. For sure Space Mountain and the Matterhorn are now out of the question. T Cups OK , no E ticket rides from now on.lol

If the government... (Below threshold)
Jumpinjoe:
If the government passes a law that you must have both hands on the steering wheel at the 10 and 2 o'clock position because it has been found that people have a better chance of controlling their vehicle thus fewer accidents, would you be for that law also

That sounds a bit stringent, however I would be in favor of a law that prevented women from farding while driving.

Someone even wrote a song about it.

Farding in the Car Link then "cleek" on song #5.

Well hell, he shouldn't eve... (Below threshold)

Well hell, he shouldn't even leave the security and comfort of the White House AT ALL then. Sheeesh.

Jheeze Jay.You ever ... (Below threshold)
Maggie:

Jheeze Jay.
You ever been on a large farm or ranch? Yeah like
I'm going to wear a seatbelt at the raging high speed of about 5 to 10 miles per hour between gates needing to be opened and closed.
You're about two months late on your little April Fools post.
PS
We don't wear them when baling hay either.

Change the law to requir... (Below threshold)
cirby:

Change the law to require all democrat crazies to wear seatbelts (not life jackets) when riding a boat.

Or, in some cases, wear life jackets while driving a car.

Thanks jj, a lily painted a... (Below threshold)
kim:

Thanks jj, a lily painted any other way would smell as sweet.
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Jay wrote:"Bush, l... (Below threshold)
KendraWilder:

Jay wrote:

"Bush, like it or not, is not just anyone. He is not a private citizen. He is the President of the United States, and that is a 24/7/365 obligation until January 20, 2009. As such, he has absolutely no right to place himself in unnecessary physical danger. He owes the American people his continuing health and survival."

Then we should convert the Lincoln Bedroom into a "health chamber", enclosed in a huge acrylic bubble fed with filtered air to keep out germs, feed him sterilized tofu and salad greens, force him to sit on furniture and sleep in a bed treated with sterilizing agents, take showers in filtered water and wash with anti-bacterial soap, not carry anything remotely harmful like a pocket knife or use sharp cutlery to eat with......

You get the picture.

Jay, you seem to need a distraction this weekend. Why don't you go find a lovely little pond somewhere and go skinny dipping with a friend? Do something totally crazy!

Your shirt collars are obviously too tight, and are cutting off the flow of oxygen to your brain.

Just kidding! But jeez, talk about being absurd!

Actually, I'd be more worri... (Below threshold)
Peter F.:

Actually, I'd be more worried about him riding a bike on his ranch.

(At least he was wearing a helmet.)

I would be very happy with ... (Below threshold)
DC:

I would be very happy with a President Dick Cheney. I hope Pres. Bush also runs with scissors, rides a quad too fast without a helmet, has electrical extension cords in his bathroom, and attempts to sky dive after packing his own chute.

Thanks jj, a lily... (Below threshold)
Jumpinjoe:
Thanks jj, a lily painted any other way would smell as sweet

Farding....French for applying makeup. It's an old Rush Limbaugh joke.

Besides women don't really do what you thought I meant.

Personally after watching that Seinfeld episode where Jerry got caught scratching his nose in his car, I find myself looking around if I'm lifting my butt to pull something out my back pocket.

And since I sit high in my pick-up truck in traffic I make it a point to lift my Yoo-Hoo drink up when I'm vigorously shaking it up and down so people around me won't get the wrong idea.

Perception is everything I guess.

"George W. Bush is an idiot... (Below threshold)
Herman:

"George W. Bush is an idiot." -- Jay Tea

Just finding this out now, huh, Jay??? Damn, you're slow.

Atta boy Herman.......evide... (Below threshold)
TR19667:

Atta boy Herman.......evidence there's always at least one stupid shit in a crowd.

Well done Jay. Your shillin... (Below threshold)
VagaBond:

Well done Jay. Your shilling for the car insurance companies make them dance with glee. No law was broken there. Just your feeling he should. That is what gets this country in trouble. Personal preference made into law.

VagaBond, I am a militant o... (Below threshold)

VagaBond, I am a militant on seat belt USAGE, not seat belt LAWS. Bush broke no laws (unlike Corzine), and I don't think there should be laws on the matter.

That is in no way inconsistent with saying that those who choose to not wear belts is an idiot. I believe we all have the right to be an idiot.

J.

Why hasn't anyone blamed th... (Below threshold)
jpe:

Why hasn't anyone blamed the media yet? Or said that this emboldens our enemies? C'mon people, nonsense doesn't post itself!

That said: good for Bush. Seatbelts are for bad drivers, anyways.

- Unreconstructed non-seatbelt-wearing liberal driver

I hope Pres. Bush ... (Below threshold)
jpe:
I hope Pres. Bush also runs with scissors, rides a quad too fast without a helmet, has electrical extension cords in his bathroom, and attempts to sky dive after packing his own chute.

I can't believe you missed the two obvious ones: eats pretzels daily; and rides a segway around his ranch.

What would be wrong with Pr... (Below threshold)
duff65:

What would be wrong with President Dick Cheney?

My tractor doesn't even hav... (Below threshold)

My tractor doesn't even have a seatbelt. Nor does my old pickup. Not to mention, who are you going to run into on your own farm? Lighten up, my pal Jay.

I just wish all these DOT c... (Below threshold)

I just wish all these DOT commercials that I keep hearing would just be honest and say cops are cracking down on bringing in more revenue.

The trooper stopped the goo... (Below threshold)
kim:

The trooper stopped the good ol' Joe jumpin all over in his F100, strolled up to him and asked "Got any ID?"
The ol' boy responded "About what?"
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Great headline for the post... (Below threshold)
groucho:

Great headline for the post. Unfortunately it went downhill from there.

One correction. Drunk dri... (Below threshold)
Waste:

One correction. Drunk driving is generally considered a criminal offense, not just a traffic offense. So it generally applies to private property also. May depend on the state however.

The ol' boy respo... (Below threshold)
Jumpinjoe:
The ol' boy responded "About what?

Then he hit me in the head with his five-pound Maglight. He then walked around to the passenger side where my good friend Bubba was sitting and proceeded to clobber him over the head too.

Bubba said, "what the hell did you do that for"?. The cop said, "I gave you your wish". Bubba says, "say what?"

The trooper said, "I know as soon as you pulled away you would have said I wish he would have tried that on me".


Bush needs to wear a seatbe... (Below threshold)
Stormy70:

Bush needs to wear a seatbelt on his own land?

That there is Yankee thinking.

Jay, you must be from Taxac... (Below threshold)
BillyBob:

Jay, you must be from Taxachusetts or some place like that.

I don't have seat belts on my tractor or lawnmower, my son does not have seat belts on 4 wheeler for use one our acreage. Sheesh, get a friking life Jay or c'mon down South see how it's done.

Some day we end up saving ya'll from yourselves in the near future.

OMG!!!! Blasphemy!!!! Sugge... (Below threshold)
Knightbrigade:

OMG!!!! Blasphemy!!!! Suggesting that JAY is from mASSachusetts!!!!! The horror!!!!!

By the way I'm NOT the President, but I eat pretzels while driving on the highway with NO seat belts on........BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH

This seat belt rant smacks ... (Below threshold)

This seat belt rant smacks of shark-jumping by this blog...

Naw, it's just exploring th... (Below threshold)
kim:

Naw, it's just exploring the limits of liberty. Perfectly understandable occupation for those concerned with it.
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I'm with Bullwinkle. Slow d... (Below threshold)

I'm with Bullwinkle. Slow day for posting, musta been.

This is as big a deal as the fanny pat.

"The only reason cars have ... (Below threshold)

"The only reason cars have seatbelts is so the ambulance driver doesn't have to look for the body" (Bill Cosby).

The other argument is that of the cost to society of the ensuing medical car but illegal immigrants have made that a moot point.

I'll bet his golf cart has ... (Below threshold)
Locomotive Breath:

I'll bet his golf cart has no seat belt at all.

This is the stupidest post ... (Below threshold)
dan in michigan:

This is the stupidest post I have ever read on this blog.

Hey, I have an idea, Jay...... (Below threshold)
Gary:

Hey, I have an idea, Jay... butt out. This crap
is getting ridiculous.




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