WASHINGTON, April 27, 2015 — While W was with the RJC, the O was addressing the WHCD. 43 was bonding with the original theists while 44 was palling around with the fourth estate.
In English, former President George W. Bush spoke on Saturday night to the Republican Jewish Coalition at their dinner gala in Las Vegas. President Barack Obama was offering remarks at the White House Correspondents Dinner in the nation’s Capitol.
These fraternal twin gatherings offered great insight into both men and their supporters.
Bush’s remarks were supposed to be totally off the record. The private dinner at Sheldon and Miriam Adelson’s Venetian Hotel and Casino was closed to the press. The 800 attendees were repeatedly told not to transcribe his remarks.
Sadly, more than one Republican Jew was determined to do more harm than good and carry on the great Republican and Jewish traditions of political self-immolation.
Leaked transcripts led to articles by Bloomberg and the New York Times that were every bit as inaccurate and ideologically bigoted as people have come to expect from the left. The Bloomberg column written by Josh Rogin of the Daily Beast was particularly egregious. Rogin violated every rule of journalism in rushing his column to print. One unverified anonymous source was good enough for him to accuse Bush of attacking Obama.
This was a complete and total lie.
Those in the room know that Bush was warm, funny and overwhelmingly gracious. He has obsessively avoided publicly criticizing his successor because he respects the institution of the office of the presidency. This dinner was no exception. When specifically asked how he disagreed with Obama, Bush pointed out that the two men have very different governing philosophies. Bush is a conservative and Obama is a leftist. This is not news.
Rogin took a conservative stating an honest disagreement with a leftist and turned it into a personal attack.
The true irony is that while Bush was going out of his way to avoid gutter sniping, Obama was launching plenty of personal attacks of his own disguised as humor.
Bush was in a room filled with politically conservative Jews who are deeply concerned that Iran is building a nuclear bomb so they can wipe Israel and then America off the map. Obama was in a room with celebrities celebrating themselves as celebrities cracking jokes as the world around them from Baltimore to Baghdad burned.
Bush was discussing substance in a substantive manner. Obama was offering vapid nonsense to people who gleefully lap up vapid nonsense.
While it is true that Bush did attend the White House Correspondence Dinner more than once as President, he loathed the event. Only an insincere individual would enjoy spending time in a room with other insincere individuals acting insincerely with each other.
The event is supposed to be politicians making fun of themselves, but only Republicans seem to obey this rule.
Democrats and Republicans unite to bash Republicans in the name of bipartisanship. For Obama, this event is oral crack cocaine. He gets to summon his inner Jon Stewart by making a speech, personally attacking people he disagrees with, then hiding behind the veneer of comedy.
Bush is a man who avoids the limelight, content to let his deeds speak for him. Obama is a man who cannot stop talking and celebrating himself. The Republican Jewish Coalition gathering is one of the most serious foreign policy conferences in the nation. The White House Correspondents Dinner is one of the most shallow events in the country.
Bush was among his people, serious thinkers and analysts concerned about the world. Obama was among his people, those who read off of teleprompters and still manage to get events wrong.
The New York Times was not in attendance at the RJC Dinner. They were at the WHCD. This did not prevent the NYT from reporting on a Bush appearance they never witnessed. The NYT took third hand information from an anonymous source and turned it into a malicious column bashing Bush.
Those who were actually in the room with Bush saw a deeply decent individual who continues to celebrate the dignity of ordinary people. Obama thrives on being the center of attention, which is a difficult task in a room of so many narcissists who would slit each other’s throats for ratings.
Obama’s remarks were public because he demands that his every utterance be heeded. Bush’s remarks became public because respecting his privacy was too much to ask.
Liberal publications like the New York Times and Daily Beast and liberal journalists like Josh Rogin continue to put ideology over the good of the country by telling the world about events that it did not witness and cannot verify. Using one anonymous source is the height of cowardice in journalism. The NYT and Daily Beast writer also failed to mention that Obama’s remarks were all scripted and rehearsed while Bush answered actual questions that were not given to him in advance.
For those who wish to live in the Axis of Bimbostan, The Obama New York Times Daily Beast White House Correspondence Dinner is perfection. The rest of us desiring substantive conversations about what actually matters in life spent time with Bush at the RJC dinner.
Bill Clinton was the man who at the height of the Monica Lewinsky scandal said that “Even presidents have private lives.”
If that is the case, then that standard should apply to former presidents at private dinners.
Then again, it is tough for the best of America to get a fair shake when the worst of America has a vested interest in deliberately tearing down those trying to better this world. After all, why should the worst of America care about Iran building a bomb?
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