Obama Calls Bush Before Troop Speech: But why?
According to the New York Post, Obama made a call to former President George W. Bush today from Air Force One while heading to Ft. Bliss to address the troops regarding the Iraq troop withdrawal. But why would he do this?
I suppose there are various reasons but let’s examine this a little more closely.
I. Obama’s Catch 22
In today’s speech, Obama finds himself in quite the predicament. On the one hand he has always said that Iraq was the “wrong war.” Further, the troop surge, according to then Senator Obama was a huge mistake. Don’t recall that–let’s take a listen.
But wait, there’s more…In February of this year VP Biden had this to say:
So, how will Obama tell the tale today? He can’t blast Bush without demeaning the troops objective and essentially admitting defeat. He can’t praise the troops for winning the war because he thinks the war is wrong. And so…what did he and President Bush talk about.
Well, we here at MKCB have tapped into the ultra-secret phone line aboard Air Force One to bring you this exclusive phone call–here is the transcript of what we are pretty sure we heard…
[ring, ring, ring]
Bush: Former President Bush here, miss me yet?
BO: Umm, heh, umm, no…but umm.. anyway, sorry to bother you at home Mr. Bush, President Barack Obama here, how are you today?
Bush: [smirking] Well, Barry I kinda thought you might call today. I’m out at the ranch clearing some trees in the back and remembered something about a self-imposed arbitrary deadline regarding troops that you mentioned last year and figured you would be calling. What can I do for the American people today?
BO: Well, as you know I’m giving a speech before Ft. Bliss today and my speech writers are having trouble deciding whether I should praise myself and my leadership in bringing an end to the war, blast you again as I always enjoy doing, mention the needless loss of life in pursuit of oil and your dad’s revenge or all three. I’m kind of nervous about it [puff, puff] and thought I’d see what you thought.
Bush: I’d like to say I’m honored, really I’d like to…but, well, it might be a good idea to praise the troops for what they have sacrificed and accomplished, thank them and their families for their sacrifice and service, remind the world that peace in this region of the middle east is vital to our interests, remind the world that a world with out Saddam Hussein is a better world and leave it at that. But I’m just spitballin’ here.
BO: Well, I knew this was a waste of time. You and your right-wing rhetoric. The problem is I have to find a way to demonize you and the Republicans, make the Democrats look good, appease the anti-military crowd and win over the troops. And frankly, my speech writers went to Harvard and Columbia and they are just too stupid to figure this out.
Bush: I’d like to say I really want to help ya, I’d really like to say that…but, well, if you are calling to let me know you are going to demonize me and call me stupid again, thanks for the heads up, but I don’t see the point of this call.
BO: I guess I just needed to do this and leak it to the press so that they would think I was somehow being nice to you right before I blast you. Truth is, every time I’m around the military I get scared. I’m afraid they know how much I loathe them.
Bush: [smirking] Ohhhh, I’m sure they don’t know. You just go up there, be yourself, and I’m sure the typical results will follow. Your poll numbers and the stock market will go down. Heh, heh! Just ribbin’ ya Barry–have a great speech.
BO: Ummm, yeah, okay I guess I…
BO: (stupid hick)