One of the few mainstream journalists whose output is always worth the reading is the Washington Post‘s Dan Froomkin. And he’s just getting better:
It wasn’t just his wistful words about magic wands that made President Bush’s talk about lowering gas prices at his press conference yesterday feel particularly unrealistic. His most practical suggestion was to go back in time to 2002 and get Congress to allow oil drilling in the Alaskan wilderness — although even had that happened, those oil fields likely wouldn’t yet be producing a drop.
Bush’s repeated mention of magic wands — i.e., "if there was a magic wand to wave, I’d be waving it, of course" — was a reprise of his comments two years ago, the last time gas prices were a major domestic issue.
And then, as now, Bush was neither talking — nor being asked about — two hugely significant factors that he could actually do something about: the war in Iraq and the value of the dollar.
And it gets even better from there.
As of this blog post, I officially declare him One Of Us, in addition to being the Spiritual Heir of Edward R. Murrow (see picture). I hope this won’t hurt his career.
Okay, people, talk amongst yerselves. Off-topic is the topic, though if you wanna talk about the Froomeister, that’s cool too.