The New York Times’ David E. Sanger and Elisabeth Bumiller briefly interviewed Dubya on the campaign trail yesterday. Let others blog about his belief that John Kerry is telling the truth about his Vietnam experiences while stubbornly refusing to denounce the Swift Boat Liars, or his grudging admission that he miscalculated on the aftermath of invading Iraq.
I’m struck once again by his totaly lack of a clue.
First, the setting:
Mr. Bush conducted the interview in an unusual setting: A cinderblock dressing room, outfitted with a conference table and leather reclining chairs, accessible only by walking through a men’s room underneath a small stadium here, where he appeared for a campaign rally.
Next, the cluelessness:
On environmental issues, Mr. Bush appeared unfamiliar with an administration report delivered to Congress on Wednesday that indicated that emissions of carbon dioxide and other heat-trapping gases were the only likely explanation for global warming over the last three decades. Previously, Mr. Bush and other officials had emphasized uncertainties in understanding the causes and consequences of global warming.
The new report was signed by Mr. Bush’s secretaries of energy and commerce and his science adviser. Asked why the administration had changed its position on what causes global warming, Mr. Bush replied, “Ah, we did? I don’t think so.”
Mr. Bush also took issue with Mr. Kerry’s argument, in an interview at the end of May with The New York Times, that the Bush administration’s focus on Iraq had given North Korea the opportunity to significantly expand its nuclear capability. Showing none of the alarm about the North’s growing arsenal that he once voiced regularly about Iraq, he opened his palms and shrugged when an interviewer noted that new intelligence reports indicate that the North may now have the fuel to produce six or eight nuclear weapons.