Remember Whoopi’s “Bush”?


I have great respect for those who make their living by performing in public. It requires a great deal of courage to risk making a fool of yourself in front of others, particularly when those others may number in the millions.

It particularly takes a lot of courage, I would think, to be a talk show performer. Obviously, you are almost certain to say a number of spectacularly stupid things if you must talk extemporaneously 5 days a week on TV or the radio. Which brings me to The View and its “host” Whoopi Goldberg.

Whoopi’s predecessor, Rosie O’Donnell had to leave The View after making so many embarrassing statements that even the often embarrassing boss of the show, Barbara Walters, was embarrassed.

Barbara ought to be embarrassed by Whoopi’s performance yesterday. It’s one thing to drop the R bomb on the Donald for questioning Obama’s birth certificate, but then Whoopi fired off this gem:

…”You know how Donald always says, ‘People are laughing at us, thinking we don’t have it’?” Goldberg continued. “Here’s one of the reasons they’re laughing at us, Donald. When you show such insane disrespect to the president of your country, people in other countries think that we’re idiots. So I’m just pointing that out.”

You have to love Whoopi’s newly found reverence for the Office of the President and how disrespect for the President is so bad for the country we all love etc., etc. I would take Whoopi’s remarks at face value if she hadn’t uncorked the following at a Kerry-Edwards fundraiser in 2003:

“That’s why I’m here tonight. Because I love bush. But someone’s giving bush a bad name. Someone has tarnished name of `bush.’ Someone has waged war, someone has deliberately misled the country, someone has attempted to amend the constitution, all in the name of bush. The bush I know and cherish would never do such things. My bush is smarter than that. And if my bush is smarter than that, you can understand just how dumb I think that other bush is. And anyone who would wave to Stevie Wonder is not fully there. I will do whatever it takes to restore bush to its rightful place and that ain’t in the White House. Vote your heart and mind and keep bush where it belongs.”

An excellent post by Tom Maguire of JustOneMinute

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