Image Is Everything
|Something that I occasionally heard during the 2004 election season was that George W. Bush is a regular guy. Unlike John Kerry, that smug liberal Yankee, Bush is a good ol’ boy from Texas. He’s the sort of fellow you could go have a beer with after work. Or that you’d invite over for a cookout on Saturday afternoon. He’s the sort of fellow who goes hunting and watches football. You know, an all-American who’s in touch with real working people in this country. He doesn’t pretend to be smart. He’s an honest man who calls ‘em like he sees ‘em. |
The problem with Bush’s regular guy image is just that. It’s an image. And nothing more. You cannot have grown up in a house with a father who was a congressman, ambassador to the United Nations, Republican National Committee Chairman, CIA director and Vice President, and still be a regular guy. You cannot avoid service in Vietnam because your father pulls a few strings for you and still be a regular guy. You cannot own 12% of a professional baseball team and still be a regular guy. You cannot have millions of dollars in your bank account and still be a regular guy. You cannot spend nearly 20% of your presidency on vacation and still be a regular guy. Sorry. It just doesn’t work that way.