First Frat-Boy has a little fun, heh-heh-heh

January 31, 2007 by barbara

by barbara

It seems that the First Prankster was visiting a Caterpillar factory in Peoria, IL yesterday. Gosh, that's where my aunt and uncle live and they say no one interesting ever comes there. I guess they're right. Anyway, here's what did happen. Read it and weep, bearing in mind that this is the President of the United States of America:

According to the full accounting in the Peoria Journal Star, He (Bush) even took a brief spin on a D10 bulldozer. "If you've never driven a D10 - it's a cool experience," he said to the laughter of the audience. But wait. There's more!

Wearing a pair of stylish safety glasses--at least more stylish than most safety glasses--Bush got a mini-tour of the factory before delivering remarks on the economy. "I would suggest moving back," Bush said as he climbed into the cab of a massive D-10 tractor. "I'm about to crank this sucker up."

As the engine roared to life, White House staffers tried to steer the press corps to safety, but when the tractor lurched forward, they too were forced to scramble for safety. "Get out of the way!" a news photographer yelled. "I think he might run us over!" said another. White House aides tried to herd the reporters the right way without getting run over themselves. Even the Secret Service got involved, as one agent began yelling at reporters to get clear of the tractor.

Watching the chaos below, Bush looked out the tractor's window and laughed, steering the massive machine into the spot where most of the press corps had been positioned. The episode lasted about a minute, and Bush was still laughing when he pulled to a stop. He gave reporters a thumbs-up.

"If you've never driven a D-10, it's the coolest experience," Bush said afterward. (Courtesy of Newsweek via Digby.)

Isn't that adorable? One word: NO!

Can you say mental illness? Sociopathic behavior? Folks, this is the man with his finger on the button. The Big Button. The mind boggles. The heart races.

People, we are in SO much trouble.

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susan | January 31, 2007 - 4:43pm

I'd rather see Michael Dukakis driving a tank any day. Why is it that our guys do things like this -- well, Kerry anyway, the windsurfing and hunting thing --and get blasted by the MSM and Bush drives a dozer and it's cool? You know, this really makes the case for mandatory national service. Not necessarily military service, but a two year stint doing something for your country. Those who want to shoot guns can go do it, get it out of their systems, and spare us quail hunting accidents -- not to mention wars -- later. Those who want to drive heavy equipment can go do it and spare us aircraft carrier landings and dozer demos later.
Thanks Barb. The NYTimes account didn't include the bit about everyone scrambling for cover, and the true loony-tunes dimensions of the frat-boy in chief.