Man, I'd thought there might be a few weeks of pretension by George W. Bush at healing the divide in the nation. Apparently, I believe in the Tooth Fairy, as well. His press conference today left no doubt that his ego is out of control and he's off on his agenda and fuck the 49% who didn't vote for him -- forget about those who didn't vote at all. Well, when you win, I guess that's a choice you can make.
This is from the Washington Post report on the news conference:
"At a news conference a day after Sen. John F. Kerry conceded, Bush spoke repeatedly about his desire to unify the country, including Democrats who did their best to evict him from power. But he also made it clear that he views the election returns -- especially a 3 percent margin of victory in the popular vote that he said reflected 'the will of the people' -- as a mandate to pursue conservative priorities and to continue a governing style that has rarely accommodated the opposition.
" 'I earned capital in the campaign, political capital, and now I intend to spend it. It is my style," he said. "I'm going to spend it for what I told the people I'd spend it on, which is -- you've heard the agenda: Social Security and tax reform, moving this economy forward, education, fighting and winning the war on terror."
"In both words and tone, Bush conveyed exceptional self-assurance as he jauntily parried with reporters and served notice that he expects Congress to move with dispatch on his agenda. The message was unmistakable: that Bush intends to be the capital's dominant political and policy force, and that the election returns mean that other players should move to accommodate his priorities, not simply meet in the middle.
" 'I really didn't come here to hold the office just to say, 'Gosh, it was fun to serve,' " he said. 'I came here to get some things done, and we are doing it.' "