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Georgeland

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Georgeland: it's like America, but nicer. [1]

  • "a special place where he lives and the rules are different and in which everything he does is noble, well-meaning and justified" [2]
  • "the only clarity in the president's vision appears to be his own perfect sense of self-justification." [3]
  • "In order to placate the critics and cynics about the intentions of the United States, we need to produce evidence. And I'm confident that our search will yield that which I strongly believe..."
    -- George W. Bush, 30 July 2003 press conference.
  • "Bush has refused to acknowledge his main reason for war has been demolished. On Planet Bush, facts don't matter. They are weightless." [4]
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However, as noted by the American Conservative Union in their 1982 article on The Evil Empire, "If history teaches anything, it teaches self-delusion in the face of unpleasant facts is folly."


"See, in my line of work you got to keep repeating things over and over and over again for the truth to sink in, to kind of catapult the propaganda."—George W. Bush, May 24, 2005, in Greece.[1]


"... what turns Bush on is getting away with brazen lies, and the blood, torture, and destruction of those who are too helpless to resist. ... It's impossible to embarrass this president -- because death is his Viagra, and he's currently in the middle of a raging, international orgasm." --Sheila Samples, May 23, 2005.


"The President actually had an answer for every question [Tim] Russert tossed up.[5] It just happened to be the same answer: 'Tim, let me put that into context for you,' which meant, '9/11 excuses everything I do,' whether it be budget blowouts or dud WMD intelligence. People talk about the disconnect between those in the wider world and those 'inside the beltway', but listening to the President it is clear that there is a whole other sanctum 'inside the inside of the beltway.' He didn't so much answer questions as paint a picture of a place called Georgeland, a special place where he lives and the rules are different and in which everything he does is noble, well-meaning and justified."[6]


This article is about delusions of self, and of self image, by the son (George W. Bush) who was "born onto third base and believes that he hit a triple". There is another article about his delusions of the world around him.

A "War President"

In his February 7, 2004 (broadcast on the 8th), hour-long Oval Office interview with Tim Russert on NBC's Meet the Press, President Bush declared himself as a War President, and reinforced that assertion multiple times throughout the interview. [7]

... a fanciful delusion by which he refers to his 2003 invasion of Iraq, and his perpetual global war on terror, in an attempted association with former "wartime presidents" and to excuse his policy decisions.

However, outside of Georgeland, it's been his:
war on:

Frequent Vacationing

Changing the World

"Recently, your government has been behaving like the Bolsheviks in the Russian Revolution. You want to change the whole world! Like them, you claim that history will show that truth is on your side. You want the world to follow the American dream, and you believe that you know what is best for Iraq, Syria, Saudi Arabia, North Korea, Africa, Liberia, Yemen, and all other countries. Like every revolutionary, you have good ideas, but your problem lies in the means you want to use to realize them. Suddenly you want to bring democracy to the world, starting with Iraq. What happened to this administration, which began with promises and plans for a humble foreign policy and nonintervention?" --Daniel Cohn-Bendit, member of the European Parliament [9]

Acting with "Divine Authority"

This delusion is too disgusting to research. See Dominionism, and the Media Transparency article, How the president has used religion to control American politics.

"The goal is a national mood of spiritual superiority under the guise of a just sovereignty. The ultimate irony is that in combating the Islamic extremists responsible for the World Trade Center attacks the administration has crafted, pursued and engendered its own brand of political fundamentalism, one that, while clearly tailored to a modern democracy, nonetheless functions ideologically in a manner similar to the version offered by the terrorists."

Campaign Stunts for U.S. presidential election, 2004

  • "War not over as 2004 campaign begins. It's being called 'the mother of all photo ops.'," CNN, May 5, 2003: "From the flight deck of the USS Abraham Lincoln last week, [George W. Bush] told the nation that 'the war on terror is not over.' ... it was also a carefully crafted message to set the agenda for 2004."
  • "Bush Courts 'NASCAR Dads' at Daytona 500," Reuters, February 15, 2004: "President Bush on Sunday traveled to Florida to kick off the Daytona 500 stock-car race and court 'NASCAR dads' -- a key voting group in the 2004 campaign. ... 'Gentlemen, start your engines,' Bush told the 43 drivers at Daytona. More than 200,000 people saw the race in person and an estimated 40 million watched on television." However, also see NASCAR Fad, Mother Jones, February 17, 2004.
  • "Bush Upbeat on Economy in Campaign Preview in Fla.," Washington Post, February 17, 2004: "Bush, speaking at a window and door factory in the state that decided the 2000 election, chatted with small-business workers and executives at a talk-show-style forum with 'Strengthening America's Economy' emblazoned on two fake windows that the White House had created as backdrops."
  • "Bush Visits Nat'l Guard Troops" (at Fort Polk, Louisiana), CBS News, February 17, 2004: "Bush's appearance provided a TV-ready opportunity to emphasize his national security responsibilities and leadership of the war against terror, a role the White House wants to emphasize with voters as he heads into a re-election battle."
  • Peter Carlson, "When Elephants Ski. The Publicity Stunt Is an Institution as American as, Well, the President," Washington Post, May 1, 2004.

Georgeland "Presidential" Photo Ops

Resources

Related SourceWatch articles

References

  1. Tom Engelhardt, "Catapulting the Propaganda. The President, Cindy Sheehan, and How Words Die," TomDispatch.com (Common Dreams), May 29, 2005.

External articles

Do a Google search for Bushtopia, as well.