Wednesday, June 14, 2006

George Bush Hates Blind People

This reads a lot worse than it sounds, and it's really a non-issue. But this kind of thing is exactly why Al Gore invented the Internets, and as such should be spread around virally like any good STD.

Think Progress and Wonkette have tag-teamed this non-story into bleeding submission, a la former WWF champs Demolition. But it's just too damn funny not to post here.

Earlier today President Bush held a little post-Iraq trip press conference, and maybe his jet lag got the best of him. He played fast and loose with the Socratic wonder that is the White House Press Corps until this exchange with LA Times reporter Peter Wallsten:

Bush: Yes, Peter. Are you going to ask that question with shades on?
Wallsten: I can take them off.
Bush: I’m interested in the shade look, seriously.
Wallsten: All right, I’ll keep it, then.
Bush: For the viewers, there’s no sun. (Laughter.)
Wallsten: I guess it depends on your perspective. (Laughter.)
Bush: Touche. (Laughter.)

Here's the video footage of their non-fluid exchange...

So why is this sponge-worthy? Well, according to Wallsten, he's legally blind. Think Progress says, "Wallsten tells us he has a rare genetic disorder called Stargardt’s Disease. The disease is a form of macular degeneration that can be slowed 'by wearing UV-protective sunglasses and avoiding exposure to bright light.'"

Here's why the story's not so bad: "Wallsten said Bush’s comments did not offend him at all. 'I never advertise it to him. I’ve never told him.'" But fuck it, who cares about the truth when you've got comedy gold here? First it was the blacks, now it's the blinds -- Stevie Wonder must really hate this asshole.


At 4:12 PM, Blogger MDS said...

According to Wallsten, he's legally gay -- I mean, blind. Think Progress says, "Wallsten tells us he has a rare genetic disorder called homosexuality -- I mean, Stargardt’s Disease."

At 5:04 PM, Blogger Jason said...

Oh, come on - I hate Bush as much as the next guy, but to make this such a big deal is ridiculous.

At 6:15 PM, Blogger bob55 said...

You're right about this it is comedy. It's something that Bush haters(that's me)every where can use. Let the blind speak!!!!!

At 9:38 AM, Blogger Ace Cowboy said...

Jason, I'll assume you're either joking or averse to reading. I count at least 4 places in that post where I say it's not that big a deal but rather it's fucking hilarious that our president scolded a blind guy for wearing sunglasses.

And hilarious it is.

At 11:28 AM, Blogger Trix said...

Goddamnit, mds, you beat me to it. All the clever comments are taken.

At 11:43 AM, Blogger the belligerent intellectual said...

The worst part if that the Wallsten really missed out on an opportunity to create a gem of an awkward moment. If you're just going to tell the press later that you're blind, why not tell the president then and there? Way to go wasting the one great thing going blind could have done for you.

At 1:03 PM, Blogger jakezebra said...

The real reason he didn't take the shades off is because he's got those scary white blind guy eyes just like Lo Pan gets when he's all dialed up in Big Trouble in Little China. Those white eyes will steal your face.

At 1:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

And how is he supposed to know the guy is blind? Was his guide dog halding the camera? White cane w/red tip? Anything? Bush just probably thought he was being a dick reporter.

At 1:47 PM, Blogger Jason said...

Sorry - I wasn't commenting on YOU making it into a big deal, but on others making it a big deal.

At 1:52 PM, Blogger Ace Cowboy said... harm, no foul (or some other cliche that applies).


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