Wednesday, February 09, 2005

my independence seems to vanish in the haze

It is always so nice to read that our president is so completely and totally disconnected from the world around him...this is especially true when real people manage to talk to him off the script.

From (of all places) the Drudge Report:
Tues Feb 8 2005 9:27:01 ET

Last Friday when promoting social security reform with 'regular' citizens in Omaha, Nebraska, President Bush walked into an awkward unscripted moment in which he stated that carrying three jobs at a time is 'uniquely American.'

While talking with audience participants, the president met Mary Mornin, a woman in her late fifties who told the president she was a divorced mother of three, including a 'mentally challenged' son.

The President comforted Mornin on the security of social security stating that 'the promises made will be kept by the government.'

But without prompting Mornin began to elaborate on her life circumstances.

Begin transcript:

MS. MORNIN: That's good, because I work three jobs and I feel like I contribute.

THE PRESIDENT: You work three jobs?

MS. MORNIN: Three jobs, yes.

THE PRESIDENT: Uniquely American, isn't it? I mean, that is fantastic that you're doing that. (Applause.) Get any sleep? (Laughter.)

I'm just amazed at how clueless he really is. No reasonable society should force someone to work 3 jobs just to make ends meet...hmm...maybe minimum wage really isn't a living wage?