Pictures of Bush

If you’ve spent any significant amount of time on this site, you know I don’t think much of George Bush. But as I’ve previously posted, there are, in fact, some things I like about him. And while I pretty much do think he’s a narcissistic lackwit who has no business being president, I’m aware that that view is far from universal. I consider it possible, and maybe even probable, that my negative view of Bush has more to do with my own ideological perspective than it does with Bush’s actual shortcomings. Similarly, there are lots of folks with a different ideological perspective who think he’s the greatest thing that ever happened to this country.

But we ideologues are basically crazy. Forget about us. What about those people in the middle? What do they think of Bush? It’s an important question, since those are the people who are going to decide whether he gets another four years in office.

A lot of folks are working very hard to convince those people that Bush is (or isn’t) fit to be president. And interestingly, news photographs seem to be playing a prominent role in that process. The camera doesn’t lie, after all. Give a person a compelling image, and he or she can hang an idea on it. Dukakis as Snoopy in the tank; that sort of thing.

Bush gave the commencement address today at the Air Force Academy. And boy, did he talk for a long time about the War on Terror. I mean, I’m pretty obsessively interested in his public statements on that topic, and I’m having a hard time getting through it. I seriously feel for the people who had to sit through the speech in real time. (And I’m forced to wonder what author Craig would think of Bush’s apparent willingness to hijack the commencement and turn it into a platform for his political views. But that’s a separate issue.)

Fortunately, most of us didn’t need to actually listen to the speech. Instead, we can just enjoy the stirring images that emerged from the event. Like this one, helpfully provided by the fine people at

Even I have to admit that he looks pretty good in this picture. Just the right attitude. Way better than he looked in this one, for example. He’s obviously getting the hang of this saluting thing.

Here’s another nice one:

That’s my Commander-in-Chief!

As long as we’re on the subject of symbolic images, I’d like to include a few more. As he was boarding the helicopter at the White House for the trip to Colorado, it was stormy out, so he completed his presidential wardrobe with an umbrella. He looked pretty good with it, too. Check it out:

And this one, too; look at the way he strides purposefully into the oncoming wind. The picture is powerful with symbolism: Bush the war president, facing the storm:

Unfortunately, the symbolism that emerged from the next stage of his journey, when he reached the airport and had to walk to Air Force One, was a little different:

Whoa! Hang on, Mr. President! That storm is turning out to be stronger than you expected!

Erm, well, okay; let’s see. We seem to have a bit of a problem here. Any of you boys from the UN know how to get one of these back together?

Well, crap.

Now, I realize that anyone can have their umbrella blow out. Just because it happens to Bush doesn’t mean he’s a doofus. The picture isn’t actually symbolic of anything.

Unless it resonates.

But I get the feeling that for middle-of-the-road voters, that last image actually is fairly representative of their emerging view of Bush. Yeah, he’s a good guy. He’s a straight-shooter who believes in the same fundamental values they do. He’s ended up in a storm he couldn’t have anticipated, a storm that would have tested the most capable of leaders. And he’s given it his best, and deserves his nation’s gratitude for the effort he’s put in.

But however reluctantly, they are concluding that his best just isn’t good enough. Maybe this Kerry fellow has what it takes; maybe he doesn’t. Guess we’ll find out. But Bush, son, I’m afraid we’re going to have to make a change.

52 Responses to “Pictures of Bush”

  1. Sean Says:

    The difference between Bush and Kerry is that while Bush needed to grab an umbrella, a tool he’d rarely have to use in Texas, Kerry, from Massachusetts (land of Cape Cod and don’t forget his background in the Navy) probably has one of those yellow, “Gordon’s Fisherman”, rubber rain-gear deals in his closet and he’d just slog through the storm and get on the damn plane.

  2. ymatt Says:

    dang, I want one of those umbrellas.

  3. Anonymous Says:

    thats stupid

  4. eFashion2Go Says:

    Up, up, and away! Back to Crawford, Texas for Bush! Where life is simple and where Bush can be a big fish in a little pond. Instead of trying to be the biggest fish, rather the ONLY fish in a global pond.

    Vote for JOHN KERRY 2004!!!

  5. Anonymous Says:

    Thanks for a good laugh!

  6. Sheila Says:

    Bush sucks vote kerry

  7. Anonymous Says:

    no the different between Bush and Kerry is that Kerry would have tried to talk the rain out of coming. Keep the peace right? wrong..
    VOTE FOR BUSH! Pro Life!

  8. pooman Says:

    bush sucks

  9. Natasha Says:


  10. Erin aka WolfSong Says:

    Bush is an arrogant SOB . . . not to mention a moron. Not only *should* he be impeached, he *needs* to be impeached for the good of our nation and the rest of the world. He lies to America every time he gets up to speak . . . you can see it in his eyes and behind that awful little smirk of his. I wouldn’t vote for him if my life depended on it!! I hope someday he will be sent to prison where he belongs!!!

    ANYONE BUT BUSH 2004!!

  11. Tasha Says:


    DIE !!

  12. yetta Says:

    I hope Kerry wins, he is the best

  13. Yetta Says:


  14. gary Says:

    4 more years
    re-elect bush

  15. bodge Says:

    bush rocks you guys suck obviosly you guys are on crack or something to think that kerry should win i hate that weiner (get it heins ketchup) i hope that he looses and i bet he will cry on national tv he is a gay literally gay fagget cry baby

  16. Diana Cummings Says:

    If you are voting for Kerry you odviously dont know crap about political issues.just face the facts …Kerry sucks!!

  17. Melissa Lynn Williams Says:

    Kerry may not be a Godsend, but Bush most certainly isn’t either. Where’s the sense in taking sexual education out of schools? Great, so now not only are the teens having sex younger, they’re not going to learn about protection. Also, how dare he manipulate the Christian religion into some right-wing uptight conservative bullshit. Gays are wrong and women shouldn’t have freedom to choose? Repulsive. It sounds like America the Stupid is about to re-elect Hitler.

  18. Anonymous Says:

    yeah well to all of you ppls that think bush should lose you wrong! he’s gonna win no matter what

  19. Anonymous Says:

    bush is gonna win and you know it!!! all you kerry fans; hate to break it to ya! its only the truth!! go bush go bush go bush!! bush is #1 bush is #1 bush is #1

  20. Mike Says:

    Bush lied about Iraqi involvement in 9/11 also Iraq had no real links to Al-Qada. There is no evidence of WMD in Iraq after 1992 and Bush said that the sanction were not working but the man how was sent into Iraq to look for the WMD said that the sanctions were working

  21. Anonymous Says:

    kerry suckssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss


  22. Ashley Says:

    Kerry sucks big time

    VOTE BUSH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  23. Maria Says:

    You area all retarded.

  24. Joe Says:

    BUSH you SUCK. GO KERRY!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Bush whats 2+2 Equal.

  25. MIke Says:

    No Pro Bush people can say anything smart?

  26. Stephanie Says:


  27. Keya Barnes Says:

    Bush sucks and so does Kerry they both pack a bunch of lies we need to pick new candidates

  28. alec Says:

    I would rather be a jackass than a fat ass, do u get it

    Demo crat specken

  29. Melanie Long Says:

    I like Bush a lot…and I don’t appreciate your remarks about hIM!

  30. andrew Cain Says:

    I still think you will win.

  31. GO BUSH Says:


  32. Who cares what my name is Says:


  33. VOTE BUSH Says:

    IM SO SORRY KERRYS GONNA LOOOOOOOOOOOOOSE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  34. Paul Says:

    Anyone who suports bush is as F*cking dumb as he is. You people represent apart of America that should be dead by now. You people can run from change but you can’t hide from it. Bush would F*ck over his own suporters for oil! So Don’t Ever think he is looking out for our saftey. So Go Ahead jump on the band wagon. Follow your stupid leader all the way to the gates of HELL. But people of the future will look back at you and say “WOW people were so stupid back then”. now to sum it all up for retarted bush suporters. BUSH AND HIS PEOPLE ARE THE REASON WHY WE WILL NEVER BE FREE.

  35. Emilce Hernandez Says:


  36. Dawnyetta Smith Says:

    You guys talking about vote for Bush obivously yall don’t know what’s going on. The Republican Party sucks and I don’t care who read this. Democrats all the way!!!! Even though he won I still stand behind Kerry all the way.

  37. Ashley Says:

    Kerry sucks nuts! I got pictures! Email me I dare you.

  38. Ashley Says:

    MY EMAIL ADRRESS IS if you want to see the pictures.

  39. Anonymous Says:

    whats u bob

  40. Anonymous Says:

    bush sucks monkey balls ps i know

  41. Bryan Says:

    Bush Rules Kerry Drools

  42. Anonymous Says:

    Aliens are coming

  43. Anonymous Says:

    kerry sucks monkey balls and bush is the monkey

  44. anonymous Says:

    Everyone on this whole page is stupid. Hardly any of you can spell and you think that your kids or anyones kids who are groing up to vote will if you sound so retarded! You need to understand that no matter what you say to further Bush the democrats and liberals will always try to say your wrong. They can’t even find good reasons to back up their arguments. I’m a student in high school and I think I could out argue some of you. You sound like a bunch of little pussies when you say that bush shouldn’t go to war. Where was Clinton when he had the chance to get Osama? Oh yea he was to bussy lying about his affair with Monica. That’s not the kind of guy that I want running the country and dealing with national issues.

  45. anonymous Says:

    Vote Bush

  46. anonymous Says:

    your fags aallllllllllll of you

  47. anonymous Says:

    I hate long faced lyers like Kerry!!!!!!!!!!!

    3 Purple hearts my ass!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Your a pussy!

  48. Anonymous Says:

    vote kerry

  49. Anonymous Says:

    bush is an idiot
    i mean budya

  50. joe moma Says:

    why is bush even president. we would be better of with out him. all he has done with us is screw us up even more. there is no peace in america with his as comander and chief of ouer armed forces. all his lonley ass wants to do is screw us over even more. it is bush’s falt of 9-11. if he where doing his job we wouldnt be in this predicament

  51. Anonymous Says:

    He is getting ready to screw up Social Security and put it to the poor people and the middle class by changing the tax system so the rich can make more money on the backs of the poor and the middle class! This is a real A-hole!

  52. suck my ass cheaks Says:

    to you republicans:


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