Bush seems to be doing almost everything right these days, despite being reviled as a lame-duck president. The surge has worked and Odierno, of the surprising felicitation below, has replaced Petraeus. He coaxed Georgia into getting into a little war with Russia and as a consequence of Putin´s strong arm tactics and the oil price, the Russian stock market has been almost destroyed. He rescued Fannie and Freddie and AIG and let Lehman collapse. He even managed to persuade Bernanke into not cutting interest rates.
While doing all this, he seems to be having fun too.
Both Obama and McCain look like idiots in comparison. Both seem to be working very hard and have accomplished nothing. And both are dead boring. Neither can come up with these gems Weisberg has collated:
“Soldiers, sailors, Marines, airmen, and Coastmen—Coast Guardmen, thanks for coming, thanks for wearing the uniform.”—the Pentagon, March 19, 2008
“And so, General, I want to thank you for your service. And I appreciate the fact that you really snatched defeat out of the jaws of those who are trying to defeat us in Iraq.”—meeting with Army Gen. Ray Odierno, Washington, D.C., March 3, 2008
So what has happened? When the Large Hadron Collider had a test run last week, the world fell into a black hole, and we are in a parallel world, where Bush is the bright one, and Obama and McCain are fools. Give him a third term, somehow.
PS: In this new world, all swans are black, so Taleb has to find something else to do.