I just read about Bush’s ride in a Caterpillar earth mover while touring the Caterpillar factory in Illinois. There seems to be some sort of theme, or moral or something here. Something about Bush Junior attempting things that he is unqualified to do. Drive a tractor, be a military pilot, run a government…
From the Newsweek article:
“I would suggest moving back,” Bush said as he climbed into the cab of a massive D-10 tractor. “I’m about to crank this sucker up.” As the engine roared to life, White House staffers tried to steer the press corps to safety, but when the tractor lurched forward, they too were forced to scramble for safety.”Get out of the way!” a news photographer yelled. “I think he might run us over!” said another. White House aides tried to herd the reporters the right way without getting run over themselves. Even the Secret Service got involved, as one agent began yelling at reporters to get clear of the tractor. Watching the chaos below, Bush looked out the tractor’s window and laughed, steering the massive machine into the spot where most of the press corps had been positioned. The episode lasted about a minute, and Bush was still laughing when he pulled to a stop.
You know, in a time of world strife, war, poor approval ratings, and questions about his leadership – wouldn’t it behoove Dubya to act a little less… insane?