The Understatement Of The Century

In today’s Globe there’s a story by Jennifer Loven of the AP about the ‘US-led economic summit’ held in Washington.

One paragraph notes that ‘it will be difficult for much progress to be made while Bush is still in office’, attributing the thought to Representative Barney Frank, who followed it up with what has to be the hallmark of the first decade of the twenty-first century in America.

“This has got to wait for Obama,” Frank said. “Bush is sort of resisting reality.”

Descriptions of George Bush’s actions the last eight years don’t get much more misunderestimatedly understated than that.

As an aside, The Lion notes that the emergency summit meeting of twenty-one nations accomplished nothing other than publishing a list of so-called action items, none of which are, apparently, actionable.

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  1. That ranks right up there with Churchill’s famous: “He was a very humble man. And he had a great deal to be humble about.” (Paraphrased, obviously. And I don’t remember (off the top of my head) about whom he was speaking. Obviously a real memorable British politician).

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  2. […] The Understatement Of The Century “Bush is sort of resisting reality.” Descriptions of George Bush’s actions don’t get much more misunderestimatedly understated than that. As an aside, The Lion notes that the emergency summit meeting of twenty-one nations accomplished … […]

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  3. You’re up early.

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  4. I work Sundays.

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  5. Ah ha, blogging instead of working! Wise choice.

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  6. No. I posted that before I went to work.

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  7. Of course you did.

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  8. And at work. But the first post was done while having breakfast — homemade peach and raspberry muffin. Mmmmm.

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