George W. Bush, Economist

Dan sent me this shining example of what you learn at the Harvard Business School:


Remarks by the President to the Press Pool


Nothin’ Fancy Cafe
Roswell, New Mexico

11:25 A.M. MST

THE PRESIDENT: I need some ribs.

Q Mr. President, how are you?

THE PRESIDENT: I’m hungry and I’m going to order some ribs.

Q What would you like?

THE PRESIDENT: Whatever you think I’d like.

Q Sir, on homeland security, critics would say you simply
haven’t spent enough to keep the country secure.

THE PRESIDENT: My job is to secure the homeland and that’s exactly
what we’re going to do. But I’m here to take somebody’s order. That
would be you, Stretch — what would you like? Put some of your
high-priced money right here to try to help the local economy. You get
paid a lot of money, you ought to be buying some food here. It’s part
of how the economy grows. You’ve got plenty of money in your pocket,
and when you spend it, it drives the economy forward. So what would
you like to eat?

Q Right behind you, whatever you order.

THE PRESIDENT: I’m ordering ribs. David, do you need a rib?

Q But Mr. President —

THE PRESIDENT: Stretch, thank you, this is not a press
conference. This is my chance to help this lady put some money in her
pocket. Let me explain how the economy works. When you spend money to
buy food it helps this lady’s business. It makes it more likely
somebody is going to find work. So instead of asking questions, answer
mine: are you going to buy some food?

Q Yes.

THE PRESIDENT: Okay, good. What would you like?

Q Ribs.

THE PRESIDENT: Ribs? Good. Let’s order up some ribs.

Q What do you think of the democratic field, sir?

THE PRESIDENT: See, his job is to ask questions, he thinks my job
is to answer every question he asks. I’m here to help this restaurant
by buying some food. Terry, would you like something?

Q An answer.

Q Can we buy some questions?

THE PRESIDENT: Obviously these people — they make a lot of money
and they’re not going to spend much. I’m not saying they’re overpaid,
they’re just not spending any money.

Q Do you think it’s all going to come down to national
security, sir, this election?

THE PRESIDENT: One of the things David does, he asks a lot of
questions, and they’re good, generally.

END 11:29 A.M. MST

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