Thirty-two college students and one monster are dead. And by various accounts, dozens more are wounded. It happened at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia. You can read about it here and here and likely lots of other places if you can bear it. I imagine television is alive with ghoulies following the action. It's an incomprehensible tragedy. But that's not my point here. Stand by for a full-fledged rant. Read on if you dare.
George W. Bush is a disgusting, callous, pathetic excuse for a man. The President of the United States, via his mouthpiece Dana Perino, expressed his shock about the Virginia Tech massacre. He offered his thoughts and prayers, which must be of immense comfort to everyone. And then Perino followed up with this lovely sentiment:
"The president believes that there is a right for people to bear arms, but that all laws must be followed," Perino said, noting that Bush and Education Secretary Margaret Spellings held a conference on school gun violence last October. "Certainly, bringing a gun into a school dormitory and shooting ... is against the law and something someone should be held accountable for," Perino said.
What the hell was he thinking? "Sorry, Mrs. Lincoln, but you know, technically speaking, guns are legal. Oh. Did you know you have blood on your skirt?"
What was Perino thinking? Was anyone thinking?? More to the point, does anyone in the White House even have the capacity for thought or decency? Is that asking so much of the so-called leader of the free world?
I am fuming, and this catastrophe isn't even close to being about me, personally. But the murders in Virginia are a terrible tragedy for the whole nation and for Texas Tech in particular. To the extent possible, we are in solidarity with them. Meanwhile, the First Cowboy declares through his spokesperson that in spite of everything, dontcha be forgetting that guns are our friends.
I don't care what they asked her. And spare me the excuse that Perino screwed up, which is bound to be the spin put on this horrendous gaffe. She is a well-paid hack, and in the absence of Tony Snow, it is her job to speak for Junior. And you know what? I suspect that's precisely what she did.
That miserable miscreant who parks his sorry, totally inadequate butt in the Oval Office is an abomination and a total embarrassment to this nation, all day, every day.
Ah, Molly, Molly, we need you.