Thursday, August 17, 2006

Imagine a President Who Knows What He's Doing

My wife asked me the other day to visualize what the last five years would have been like if Al Gore had become president instead of Bush. As I thought about it, I realized it was a hard assignment. For one thing, I probably would not be doing this blog. And we wouldn't be wasting a trillion dollars on a war in Iraq.

Just maybe, though, we would be developing an energy policy and digging our way out of global warming at the same time. WHT of Mobjectivist recently saw An Inconvenient Truth and had this to say:
I finally got around to seeing the Al Gore global warming movie and would highly recommend it to anyone. The filmmakers did a good job of merging the various technical narratives but Gore ultimately gave the power point presentation of the century -- boosted by the fact that it didn't use power point at all.

My running reactions to the film sequentially followed these emotions:
1 Sadness that Gore didn't get the nod for president.
2 Bewilderment that they put the wrong guy in charge instead of Gore.

Bill Clinton and Al Gore are two guys who actually know what they are talking about. Even Richard Nixon, when he wasn't paranoid about domestic politics and Vietnam, otherwise knew a thing or two about foreign policy. No doubt when the history books are written the senior Bush's four years in office are going to tower above junior's eight very long and very dismal years.


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