The president, aware of the obvious humor, stood comically still for a moment in front of the gathered reporters before saying “I was trying to escape. Obviously, it didn’t work.”
Normally, this would merit a chuckle at our not-so-suave-in-chief, but the phrase “exit strategy” just seems to fly out of everyone’s mouth. Now, I’m not one to try and draw some parallel between Iraq and this event, but this just strikes me as a Gerald Ford falling down the airplane stairs moment.
Will this event become the historic caricature of the Bush presidency?
Update: I imagine the caricature version would be something similar to the humorous Saturday Night Live Funhouse skit cartoons. Audio is from some random old Bush speech about staying the course in Iraq. On screen, he tries various methods of opening the door (from putting a foot up on the other door and yanking on it violently to chopping on it with an ax to the crescendo of blowing the door up with dynamite).
And speaking of SNL, be sure to watch this weekend’s opening skit and Weekend Update.