Obama vs Bush: What the hidden microphones reveal

So apparently during Obama’s visit to the British parliament a casual conversation between him and Conservative leader David Cameron was recorded.

It reminded me of when, during an earlier campaign, Bush was caught speaking with Cheney while the microphone was on. Just so we can all see how similar these two politicians are I thought I’d put their unscripted comments side by side:

Bush

Obama

Bush: “There’s Adam Clymer–major-league asshole from The New York Times.”

Cheney: “Oh yeah. He is. Big time.”

[To be more fair I could have used this back and forth between him and Blair, but it ain’t much better. Apparently diet coke is better than coke and the middle east issue is best addressed through the use of swear words.]

VS. Cameron: “You should be on the beach, you need a break. Well, you need to be able to keep your head together.”

Obama (agreeing): “You’ve got to refresh yourself.”

Cameron: “Do you have a break at all?”

Obama: “I have not. I am going to take a week in August. But I agree with you that somebody, somebody who had worked in the White House who — not Clinton himself, but somebody who had been close to the process —  said that, should we be successful, that actually the most important thing you need to do is to have big chunks of time during the day when all you’re doing is thinking. And the biggest mistake that a lot of these folks make is just feeling as if you have to be — ”

Cameron: “These guys just chalk your diary up

Obama: “Right. In 15 minute increments…”

Cameron: “We call it the dentist’s waiting room. You have to scrap that because you’ve got to have time.”

Obama: “And, well, and you start making mistakes, or you lose the big picture. Or you lose a sense of, I think you lose a feel– ”

Cameron (interrupting) “Your feeling, and that is exactly what politics is all about. The judgment you bring to make decisions.”

Obama: “That’s exactly right, and the truth is that we’ve got a bunch of smart people, I think, who know ten times more than we do about the specifics of the topics. And so if what you’re trying to do is micromanage and solve everything then you end up being a dilettante but you have to have enough knowledge to make good judgments about the choices that are presented to you.”

So yeah – with luck we are in for a real change.

11 thoughts on “Obama vs Bush: What the hidden microphones reveal

  1. Oldschool

    Bush could have been right about the NYT . . . as they have been losing money for years. They have cut staff, stock prices down, circulation shrinking. Seems other agree with his assessment.

    Obumma on the other hand . . . didn’t go to visit the troops in Germany last week, cause he couldn’t take the media fools with him. Such a dedicated, concerned American patriot that Obumma!!!

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  2. Oldschool

    Bush could have been right about the NYT . . . as they have been losing money for years. They have cut staff, stock prices down, circulation shrinking. Seems other agree with his assessment.Obumma on the other hand . . . didn’t go to visit the troops in Germany last week, cause he couldn’t take the media fools with him. Such a dedicated, concerned American patriot that Obumma!!!

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  3. Carl Youngblood

    I don’t doubt that there is a difference in the level of discourse between the two administrations, but you are really comparing apples to oranges here. One is a president and a person who is arguably one of his closest confidants. The other is between a candidate and a casual acquaintance.

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  4. David Eaves Post author

    Carl,
    I don’t disagree, that’s what I put the link to the transcripts of Bush’s G8 rambling as well – they don’t fair much better…

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  5. Carl Youngblood

    I don’t doubt that there is a difference in the level of discourse between the two administrations, but you are really comparing apples to oranges here. One is a president and a person who is arguably one of his closest confidants. The other is between a candidate and a casual acquaintance.

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  6. John G Swenson

    love you torres …do you understand??…..you are very good player…and…you are my love too…kisssssssss you my loove……

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