Fox News anchor Brit Hume’s gratitude toward George W. Bush recently was expressed by Hume’s amazement that “this country would pass into a new presidency eight years later with not a single attack” since September 11, 2001. Mark Howard (News Corpse, 1/27/09) expands on Hume’s list by noting “No hurricanes in New Orleans since Katrina. Bush kept us safe from nature,” and “No comets have hit Earth since Tunguska, 100 years ago. Bush kept us safe from celestial collisions,” and even “No sightings of the Four Horsemen on the Interstate. Bush kept us safe from the Apocalypse.” While he recognizes that “the call has gone out to the Republican Establishment Media that it is only through BushÃƒÆ’Â¢ÃƒÂ¢”Å¡Â¬ÃƒÂ¢”Å¾Â¢s vigilance that any of us are alive today,” Howard does have some caveats not aired at Fox:
Sure, he also ignored intelligence warnings prior to 9/11 that, had they been heeded, might have prevented it. And his crony-infested federal emergency response apparatus resulted in needless death and suffering after Katrina. And his job creation record is the worst since Hoover. And trillions of dollars were lost from retirement and pension funds. And 47 million Americans have no health insurance. And our constitutional liberties were revoked. But at least our cities have not been overrun by marauding herds of Bigfoots (Bigfeet?). And everyone knows that anything that didnÃƒÆ’Â¢ÃƒÂ¢”Å¡Â¬ÃƒÂ¢”Å¾Â¢t happen since 9/11 was directly the result of BushÃƒÆ’Â¢ÃƒÂ¢”Å¡Â¬ÃƒÂ¢”Å¾Â¢s leadership. Well, except for the failure to capture Osama Bin Laden.
And that last bit, according to Howard’s dark humor, “That was Keith OlbermannÃƒÆ’Â¢ÃƒÂ¢”Å¡Â¬ÃƒÂ¢”Å¾Â¢s fault.” Read about the germination of this Bush idolatry in the FAIR magazine Extra!: “From Bozo to Churchill” (5-6/02) by Mark Crispin Miller