|A speech that must make it into Hieronimo's work in progress, 1 and 2 George II.|
In a press conference on Thursday, September 20th, George II was asked this question:
Alan Greenspan has come out with a book -- a recent book criticizing you for being fiscally irresponsible. And they're not the first former government officials to come out and be critical of you.George's response is mind boggling in its puerility: "My feelings are not hurt."
And I'm wondering two things.
First, do you feel betrayed by some of these people who have served you and then have come out and criticized you?
And then, more particularly, can you respond to Greenspan's criticism?
"My feelings are not hurt"?!? What is he, five years old? Really, that was his first thought after a reporter asked a question about Greenspan? To focus on the feelings aspect of the question ("do you feel betrayed?"), and not the substantive part ("can you respond to Greenspan's criticism?"). Really?!? I'm going to try that the next time I'm challenged on some point at a conference: "First off, my feelings are not hurt." Or, "How would you feel if someone pointed out Hugh Plat was not actually considered funny in the seventeenth century?" "I'd say my feelings are not hurt." Good f*cking gracious.
The press conference also produced this gem:
Q: Do you think there's a risk of a recession? How do you rate that?
BUSH: You know, you need to talk to economists. I think I got a B in Econ 101.
I got an A, however, in keeping taxes low...
... and being fiscally responsible with the people's money.
Ah, yes, as the graph below shows, George II has been a model of fiscal rectitude.
At this point in the play, VPOTUS might smack around the POTUS some after they retreated into private chambers. But I'll leave it to Hieronimo to turn all this into blank verse.