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November 2007

Daily Dreamtime - The Fall of the House of Bush: The Untold Story of How a Band of True Believers Seized the Executive
11/16/07
From a transcript of Pacifica Radio's Democracy Now. Amy Goodman interviews book author Craig Unger.

AMY GOODMAN: Talk about Bob Strauss, his position and his observations about the two, knowing them very well, George Sr. and Jr. -- well, not exactly “Jr.” since he doesn’t have the “H,” but forty-three and forty-one, as you put it.

CRAIG UNGER: Right. Well, he said one thing that was -- he had only a few comments, but they were both very acute. One is, he said Bush Sr. doesn’t know how to strut; George W., Jr., doesn’t know how not to strut. I also asked him if there was one word that described the current president, and he said he was “incurious.” He was just too incurious to be president.

Wily Python Archive 2
The Wily Python Show Archive :: November 15, 2007

Bush Administration Summary

"A man of average intelligence without curiosity and indifferent to learning allows a man of lower intelligence and no ethical standards to follow a plan by ambitious men with a belief that they have been chosen to rule the world."

America Doesn’t Want a Real Leader | Blogging the Collapse
14th November 2007, 12:02 pm
But a strong leader would be altogether different from the incurious George who currently rules us.

Walkable-Workable-Livable | kcearthnotes
Kansas City Star
Submitted by walteraw on Sun, 2007-11-11 20:03
This is a blog entry and doesn't appear in the print edition of the paper.

We may have to give some credit to George Bush's administration, one of the half-dozen most corrupt, incompetent and incurious in U.S. history, for reviving and nurturing the "think locally" movement and conceivably setting in motion the "new" salon for 21st century America.

Pakistan: In Too Deep - by Alan Bock
AntiWar.com
Eye on the Empire
by Alan Bock
November 10, 2007
Alan Bock is Senior Essayist at the Orange County Register and a weekly columnist for WorldNetDaily. He is the author of Ambush at Ruby Ridge (Putnam-Berkley, 1995). He is also author of the new book Waiting to Inhale: The Politics of Medical Marijuana (Seven Locks Press). His exclusive column appears every Tuesday on Antiwar.com.

Bush, like many intellectually incurious people who are impatient with details, places great stock in his supposedly preternatural ability to "size up" people after a brief encounter (remember his ability to look into Vladimir Putin’s soul?). A meeting or two with Musharraf allowed him to convince himself that Pervez was his kind of fella.

Star-Gazette.COM - Letters
Elmira/Corning (New York) Star Gazette
Letters to the Editor
Dundee man's work spotlights Bush quotes
November 6, 2007
Dundee is located near Seneca Lake, near Watkins Glen.

Ever wonder what the Founding Fathers would think about the despotic politics and policies of George W. Bush and his administration?

Read "Founders V. Bush," a comparison of quotations written by Steve Coffman (a resident of Dundee) with respect to the Constitution, Bill of Rights, liberty, religion, war, peace, values, lies, dishonesty and corruption.

Coffman writes: "The founders would have been appalled at the flaunted anti-intellectuality of George W. Bush. I don't know if he eschews open-minded discussion, ignores undesirable evidence and reasoning or if he is a master actor.

"I don't know if he is ignorant and uncurious or merely a master poseur -- but that he is a smug demagogue and prodigious liar is beyond all doubt." . . .

Kenneth L. Rohrer
Horseheads

CTV.ca | Biographer says Bush is a bully, but not dumb
Updated Mon. Nov. 5 2007 6:28 PM ET
CTV.ca News Staff
CTV is an English-language television network in Canada, the largest privately-owned network in Canada.

At one point during his conversation with CTV Newsnet anchor Dan Matheson, [Dead Certain: The Presidency of George W. Bush author Robert] Draper said Bush often came off as intellectually "incurious."

New Book of Quotes Sets Straight the Founding Fathers' Positions on Religion, War & Peace, Liberty, Taxes & Debt, Honesty & Responsibility
PRWEB Press Release Newswire
November 5, 2007

As to George W. Bush, I don't purport to know anything about him beyond his public image and pronouncements. I don't know if he truly eschews open-minded discussion, ignores undesirable evidence and reasoning or if he is a master actor who has created a convincing persona of the "artificial aristocrat" that Jefferson warned us of; I don't know if he is ignorant and uncurious or merely master poseur---but that he is a smug demagogue and prodigious liar is beyond all doubt. ~ Steve Coffman, Founders v. Bush

Barack Obama - Presidential Election of 2008 - Foreign Policy - New York Times
Magazine Preview
Is (His) Biography (Our) Destiny?
By JAMES TRAUB
Published: November 4, 2007
Also appeared in the International Herald Tribune November 2, 2007, as Obama's guide to leading a "post-post-9/11" America.

Obama’s supporters believe that his life story and the angle of vision it affords him hold out the possibility of curing the harm they would say we have done to ourselves through our indifference to the views of others and through the insularity of a president who seems so incurious about the world.

What I’ve Learned So Far » Blog Archive » Meme entrepreneurship.
by Tim Walker
Tim Walker is a writer and historian in Austin, Texas.
November 3rd, 2007

The assertion that he is stupid appeals viscerally to Bush’s opponents (especially the unapologetic Bush haters [Note: uncuriousgeorge.org believes that the great majority of Americans (and non-Americans) who disagree with Mr. Bush do not hate him]), and it has an element of undeniable truth to it, if the assertion means that Bush tends to be intellectually incurious. . . .

The “Bush is stupid” meme, I think, drove many of these people further into his camp, and reinforced the ultra-partisanship that infects the current political climate. All of this has tended to dig our political trenches deeper, as though were were fighting the party-politics version of World War I, where many salvos were made, and many died, with virtually no tangible effects on the battlefield.

What would be a better meme? How about this: “Bush pursues dangerous ideas — expensive dangerous ideas.”

Daily Kos: I believe Hillary
by invisiblewoman
Thu Nov 01, 2007 at 09:48:10 PM PST

The two most disastrous presidencies we have had, that of Ronald Reagan and George Bush were mainly due to the disinterest and incuriousness of the presidents involved.

Dowd works the crowd at White Lecture — The Harvard University Gazette
By Corydon Ireland
Harvard News Office
November 1, 2007

The president himself — once described by [New York Times editorial columnist Maureen] Dowd as the “Boy Emperor” — is still the “the malleable and incurious W” he was eight years ago, she said.

Paradise Post - Bush's constitutional violations are obvious
By David Paul Brown
11/01/2007

A very experienced and headstrong vice president leading an incurious and arrogant president has proved toxic.

October 2007

Letter to Jimmy Carter « Chris Dornan’s Weblog
October 30th, 2007

While many may criticize President Bush for his lack of curiosity, this criticism might also apply to some of his critics.

Romney's faux pas - The Boston Globe
By Scot Lehigh, Globe Columnist  |  October 26, 2007

Speaking at a California college, Kerry delivered a joke that was meant to mock an intellectually incurious president. In written form, it warned students that if you don't study and are intellectually lazy, "You end up getting us stuck in a war in Iraq. Just ask President Bush."

Lance Mannion: I hate school
Monday, October 29, 2007

If we weren't a country of blockheads, someone as willfully ignorant, intellectually incurious, and sneeringly contemptuous of his own privileged educational opportunities as George W. Bush would never be elected to the state legislature let alone the White House.

The Daily Dish
Andrew Sullivan
Imaginationland
25 Oct 2007 11:04 am

Bush, putty in Cheney's hands, never wanted torture, but was so cowardly and lazy he never asked the hard questions of what was actually being done. He knows, of course, somewhere in his crippled fundamentalist psyche. But this is a man with clinical - Christianist and dry-drunk - levels of reality-denial, whose interaction with reality can only operate on the crudest levels of Manichean analysis. All he needs to be told is that whatever it is they're doing, it isn't torture. He won't ask any more questions. They're evil; we're good; so we can't torture. Even when they were totally busted at Abu Ghraib, his incuriosity and denial held firm. After all, what if he were to find out something he didn't want to know? His world might collapse.

Three unrelated items--or are they?
October 17, 2007 at 23:53:08
by winston

That is the "intellectually incurious" one[']s grand plan. When his term is over as "commander-in-chief" he'll become "chief-private-industry-thief" going into private industry to help those who were devastated by his policies. Remember that "Good work Brownie" became a private industry consultant dealing with victims of Katrina and other national disasters?

Bits of News - Neocons vs. Iran: Final Scouting Report
Wednesday, 17 October 2007 Written by F. M. Arouet

Bush has repeatedly demonstrated that he is intellectually impaired, incurious, and millennialist. And what about Cheney? Isn't he smart enough to ponder such questions? Here is the reality check: even the incurious Bush managed to squeak through Yale with a “gentleman's C-minus average.” Cheney flunked out of Yale not merely once, but twice.

Andrew Cohen • Fitting recognition for Gore
Ottawa Citizen
Published: Tuesday, October 16, 2007

In an [2000 presidential] election about nothing, who needed substance? Americans preferred an amiable, smirking, incurious Texan who had been in public life for less than six years with the thinnest resumé of any chief executive in more than a century.

Inside Bush's Bunker: Politics & Power: vanityfair.com
Vanity Fair
by Todd S. Purdum | October 2007
Todd S. Purdum is Vanity Fair's national editor.
First observed by uncuriousgeorge.org October 15, 2007

The president himself, meanwhile, has famously insisted that he ignores most newspapers and television news programs, preferring to get his information from the White House's own "objective sources," meaning the people around him. Bush also insists that he ignores polls, which [Matthew] Dowd, his former pollster, says is a grave mistake. . . .

During the 2004 re-election campaign, presidential advance teams expelled from public events anyone they suspected might not quietly toe the party line. Since then, Bush has rarely appeared before any group, big or small, whose loyalties and questions were not pre-screened and pre-approved. In the course of a Bush trip to Rhode Island in June, Jarrod Holbrook, a correspondent for WPRI-TV, in Providence, twice dared to call out "Mr. President!" at an airport photo op where no one had told him that questions were off limits. Holbrook, a former Marine originally from Texas, told me he had merely intended to ask how Bush was enjoying his first visit to Rhode Island as president. A member of the White House entourage with an earpiece and security pin immediately yanked Holbrook's press credential off his belt, and disappeared with it into Air Force One. In the end, insularity becomes inertial, feeding on itself to create ever more isolation. . . .

One longtime former Republican official, who held senior posts in both the first and second Bush administrations, was bluntest of all. "My question is," this former official told me, "does he expose himself to people who respectfully disagree, or thoughtfully disagree, or may have a legitimate suggestion? Not a lot, no. I think some of us are just born with a really, really active curiosity. If you're on a farm, you ask, 'How does this irrigation system work?' I think he has a very narrow curiosity. He's polite. He was raised to be polite. But you just never sense a deep curiosity. His interests are exercise and chopping wood."

. . . The aide to both Bushes who described the current president's lack of curiosity said that it extends to the most important single act of his presidency, the decision to go to war in Iraq. "I don't think we will ever, ever really have George Bush level and say why he did this," the aide says. "I think he has drunk his Kool-Aid and that's all there is to it."


Posted October 15, 2007 | 04:06 AM (EST)

I don't have to remind any of you what its been like to viscerally live through this stretch of time -- a period politically worse than the worst we ever imagined -- when Darth Vader and the incurious one fell into 9/11 (the greatest fortune of their lives), the country -- in its vulnerability, and in Bush's passivity, and in Cheney's megalomania and paranoia -- was almost completely turned into putty.

Eric Malone: I See a Kettle and I Want to Paint it Black - Politics on The Huffington Post
Posted October 14, 2007

While breaking bread with former enemies of freedom in Russia, she worried about the creeping powers of the Executive -- Vladimir Putin, that is, not the erstwhile Leader Of The Free World (Incurious George) who has been carefully constructing a de facto dictatorship brick by brick with signing statements and a palpable contempt of Congress.

Blue Girl, Red State: Losing the Cold War after the fact
Sunday, October 14, 2007

C’mon – on the one hand you have a moronic, coke-addled, intellectually incurious, sociopathic, amoral, inept and hapless doofus [Bush] who failed upwards his whole life...and on the other a former KGB case officer [Putin] – decisive, derisive, stridently nationalistic, cold, calculating and competent.

The inconvenient truth about Al Gore | Andrew Sullivan - Times OnlineThe Sunday Times [London]
October 14, 2007
The inconvenient truth about Al Gore
Andrew Sullivan

His [Al Gore’s] opponent, some of us have only belatedly realised, was a mediocre and incurious figure whose grasp of a few fundamentals and genial manner did not, in the end, qualify him to be a global leader in a period of historical crisis.

Make it stop, make it stop… « blogcorner preacher
Oct 12th, 2007 by Jack

Getting back to Incurious George Bush, it is about as bad as it gets in his publicly stated nonsense that “Islam is a great religion that preaches peace ” (via WorldNetDaily).

rochesterturning.com: turning the tide upstate
Curious/Uncurious George by ladkiddo on October 11, 2007 @ 7:38 am
Includes an image of an Uncurious George button. Includes link to the uncuriousgeorge.org website!

I submit that China should totally halt production and shipments of Curious George (which is an oxymoron anyway) and the US should immediately start production of Uncurious George which we could produce and market right here with safety standards a bit higher and jobs created as people clamour for a doll representing the current president of the United States.

Brooding Cynyx: There's Something in the Air in Iowa
Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Yes, Uncurious George would become the the public face behind which the neo-cons would change the world.

American Mob: Bush's Guns, Goons and GHOULiani In The Wings
October 8, 2007 at 04:14:26
American Mob: Bush's Guns, Goons and GHOULiani In The Wings
by Linda Milazzo
Also appeared as American Mob: Bush's Guns, Goons and GHOULiani In The Wings - The Smirking Chimp and numerous blogs.

Absent his privilege, life would have been much different for incurious, obsessive, less-than-average George.

Aside from his incurious nature, compulsions and recklessness, what's most sad about Bush is his lack of compassion.

It is only propaganda--
October 7, 2007 at 16:19:38
by winston

which unfortunately is destroying our country's image throughout the world and assuring that our unfortunate troops, should they have the misfortune of being captured, will be tortured! Somebody ought to try to explain this to W. It is pretty simple and allegedly McCain and Powell have tried penetrating the "intellectually incurious" ones [Bush, Cheney, et. al.] defense of stupidity but it goes like this--"If we torture theirs why won't they torture ours?"

No Straw Men: The Daily Digest
Friday, October 5, 2007
Posted by Jonathan Rick at 10:19 AM

John Dickerson highlights the incurious mind of George W. Bush: [followed by excerpt showing Dickerson’s “In his new book” also excerpted below.]

60 seconds with... George Carlin - Los Angeles Times
By Mike Flaherty, Special to The Times
October 4, 2007

[George Carlin:] But clearly George Bush is an electrifyingly incurious man.

How much room does Obama have to boast? - By John Dickerson - Slate Magazine
Posted Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2007, at 6:33 PM ET

Perhaps the biggest political danger of showing voters how fond you are of yourself is that it might remind them of the current president. Each day seems to bring a new piece of evidence of President Bush's hubris. In his new book, former Mexican President Vicente Fox calls Bush "the cockiest guy I have ever met in my life." A recently released recorded conversation with former Spanish Prime Minister José María Aznar confirms that. "I'm an optimist because I believe that I'm right," Bush says about going to war with Iraq. "I'm a person at peace with myself." Self-confidence is now a warning sign for myopia, insulation, and the inability to accurately assess the world around you.

The Liberal Doomsayer: Ready For Your Close-Up, Dubya?
Wednesday, October 03, 2007
posted by doomsy @ 12:34 PM

It’s really not worth my time to list all of the problems facing our nation and the world once more, and it really isn’t worth your time either for me to make you read about what you already know. It’s just sooo depressing to watch Incurious George continually try to present himself as an adult in a job for which he has continually been overmatched, imagining “issues” handed to him straight from the Republican National Committee while everything else disintegrates around him, and he remains oblivious.

Newburyport Schools: How We Got Here From There... Part 1 (Length Warning)
Wednesday, October 3, 2007
Posted by Bruce Menin at 10/03/2007 07:56:00 AM

School Committees which, in my opinion, made decisions with an almost Bush-like lack of curiosity.

Firedoglake - Firedoglake weblog » New SCOTUS Term, Same Divide
Tuesday, October 2nd, 2007 at 6:01 am
By: Christy Hardin Smith

Beyond that, though, Incurious George has populated the government with people who don’t make him feel uncomfortably underthoughtful. How is that for a measuring stick for excellence?

AlterNet: MediaCulture: Taibbi: Political Absurdity Hits the Iowa Caucuses
By Matt Taibbi, RollingStone.com. Posted October 2, 2007.
Also appeared in Rolling Stone National Affairs Daily 10/9/07 as Year of the Rat: A Campaign 2008 Diary By Matt Taibbi. Cited in DemocraticUnderground.com Tue Oct 02, 2007, as Oh Fa Chrissake....

Questioning the logic of viciously attacking too-intellectual fringe candidates while simultaneously lionizing a baldly incurious flag-waving moron like Bush is only the most obvious; there is also the matter of mistaking meanness for substance and falling under the spell of candidate access, and routinely blaming a dearth of issue politics on voter preference, when in fact it's the news organizations themselves that more love (and, more to the point, need) the mudslinging and the horse race.

September 2007

Three Wise Men: Hussein's Exile/An Impatient President
Thursday, September 27, 2007

But what I found most interesting about the article is the picture it paints of a President who simply couldn't wait to start getting people killed in Iraq:

[Washington Post article excerpt omitted here.]

That apparently hasn't changed, at least if the amount of sleep Bush is getting is any measure. However, some of us Americans spend our time at night wondering how a man so intellectually incurious and inflexible could possibly have persuaded fellow Americans to vote for him.

Remedial Presidenting 101 (The People's Republic of Seabrook)
Posted by Jack Cluth on September 26, 2007 7:19 AM

I seriously doubt that The Worst President EVER © is the first American President to use this sort of phonetic assistance, but it’s particularly ironic for a President with such a strong reputation for intellectual incuriosity and a pronounced lack of intellectual agility.

The Telegram, St. John’s: Editorials | Mr. Dyer’s dire prediction
The Telegram (St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada) Editorial
September 23, 2007

He [Newfoundland columnist Gwynne Dyer] painted Bush as a little-travelled man who was disinterested in the wider world, incurious about the unknown and concerned mainly about his own backyard.

Ahmadinejad's a Wizard, Don't Let Him Speak! - The Smirking Chimp
by Chuck Dupree | Sep 22 2007 - 10:17am

We’ve got an incurious faith-based windshield cowboy at our head, our general’s an ass-kissing little chickenshit, and most of the rest of us watch the soap opera on TV, seemingly unaffected except that our economy is ruined as our liberties disappear and our representatives cower.

Donnie Fowler: Bush Declares Mandela Dead: This is the Best Conservatives Can Do - Politics on The Huffington Post
Posted September 21, 2007 | 10:30 PM (EST)

Bush's own lack of curiosity and ability to see the world in grays combined with his absolute certainty that God intended for him to preside and his willingness to let pure idealogues make decisions have created this.

The Liberal Doomsayer: The Iraq Moratorium And Incurious George
Friday, September 21, 2007
The Iraq Moratorium And Incurious George
posted by doomsy @ 1:30 PM
No excerpt; just the title

Crooks and Liars » GWB: Saddam killed Mandelas
By: Nicole Belle on Thursday, September 20th, 2007 at 3:31 PM - PDT

The danger of having “intellectually incurious” people in charge of foreign policy... [link to CNN video clip of George W. Bush]

What Happened to My Country?: More Bush Braying
Thursday, September 20, 2007
posted by Truth Hunter @ 11:50 AM

The economy's great!?.... unless you wanted that job that illegal aliens are now doing, or the one that was shipped abroad.... unless you want affordable health insurance and a worry-free retirement.... unless you want to convert your mortgage or sell your home.... unless you want to take a holiday abroad.... or just to have the comfort of knowing you're life savings and way of life aren't being recklessly gambled away by an ideologically-driven incurious simpleton.

The Existentialist Cowboy: Unable to 'win', Bush Re-names the Enemy
Wednesday, September 19, 2007

[Ragtime author E. L.] Doctorow might have added that Bush is also lazy and incurious.

Metro Spirit, Augusta, Georgia
Issue #19.08 :: 09/19/2007 - 09/25/2007
Titan of the tongue
BY ERIKA BOLIN

Mimicking a drunken frat boy, Rollins accents his point. “‘Bush is a moron, man!’ That’s not going to come out of my mouth. I might say, ‘Bush is intellectually incurious,’ though. Then even his biggest fans go, ‘Well, yeah, yeah… we know.’ . . .”

An inside look at George W. Bush | csmonitor.com
By Peter Grier
from the September 18, 2007 edition
Peter Grier is a staff writer in the Monitor's Washington, D.C., bureau.
This review of Draper's book suggests a more nuanced view of Bush than other reviews of the book. It begins by denying Bush's incuriosity and then lists examples of it.

George Bush is not a tiny, incurious man who scampers off to exercise while Dick Cheney and Karl Rove run the world.

 . . . does Bush remain so sure about the rightness of his most fateful step, the invasion of Iraq, that he would do it all over again? This book's title, after all, is "Dead Certain." . . .

Bush tells the author that he is aware, always, that he is being watched as a leader. . . . And that means he can't show doubt, he says. . . . In other words, he's certain because he has to be. Isn't that different than [sic] being sure because of the merits of the case? [Didn't Ronald Reagan say “Trust but verify”? If Reagan believed in doubt why can’t Bush? —uncuriousgeorge.org]

Rocky Mountain News - Denver and Colorado's reliable source for breaking news, sports and entertainment: Local
LITTWIN: Bill Clinton elicits what we liked, would like to forget
September 17, 2007

This affection [for President Bill Clinton, by both Democrats and non-Democrats including Alan Greenspan] is what comes, I guess, of nearly two terms of incurious George Bush.

Balkinization
Monday, September 17, 2007
Thoughts on Constitution Day
Sandy Levinson

What I do know, though, is that a bipartisan compromise [on SCHIP, the State Children's Health Insurance Program] has been worked out with regard to what most thoughtful people, including Republican governors, believe is an important national issue, and that it seems likely to be torpedoed by a single individual, stunning ignorance and incuriosity--just read Alan Greenspan's latest missive about the latter--who has the general support of somewhere around a third of the country, who is completely unaccountable to the electorate since, of course, he's never again running for elective office.

Alan Greenspan ditches the cryptic comments and says exactly what he means - Times Online
The Times (London)
September 17, 2007
Gerard Baker, US Editor

President Bush is portrayed as irresponsible and incurious (who knew?).

Greenspan has harsh words for Bush on fiscal role - International Herald Tribune
By Edmund L. Andrews and David E. Sanger
Published: September 16, 2007

Greenspan paints a picture of Bush as a man driven more by ideology and the desire to fulfill campaign promises made in 2000, incurious about the effects of his own economic policy, and an administration incapable of executing policy.

William Jefferson Bush: The "Cult" of Republicanism: Simplicity as Idol
by P.M. Carpenter | Sep 16 2007 - 11:06am

According to a NYT advance peek, "Greenspan paints a picture of Mr. Bush as a man driven more by ideology" -- that would be the ideology of simplicity advanced by Barry Goldwater -- "and the desire to fulfill campaign promises made in 2000, incurious about the effects of his economic policy...."

Incurious. The perfect word. For when one possesses an all-encompassing, roundly simplistic ideology that makes intellectual strain a needless exercise, curiosity becomes merely a time-consuming interference with presidential bike rides.


The Liberal Doomsayer: Where The Rubber Meets The Road (9/14/07)
Friday, September 14, 2007

The bad news here is that I guarantee that Incurious George will veto this [the Senate's vote to repeal the government's "Mexico City Policy," which bars American aid to any group overseas that performs or promotes abortions, even with its own money] if it reaches his desk, and this isn’t enough of a “yes” margin to override that.

Wicked times - The Boston Globe
By Gregory Maguire  |  September 13, 2007

And the character of our national discourse has grown so shrill that it now borders on the hysterical. I used to fault the court of Incurious George and his cronies. Now I find the lack of civility and the evaporation of respect for different points of view to be rampant all over the political spectrum, including the soapbox I comfortably occupy.

Daily Kos: Choose a title for Bush's Biography
by NY Writer
Wed Sep 12, 2007 at 09:25:37 PM PDT

I'm thinking of a title to sum up what happens when you get a C student, intellectually incurious, combative, and internationally naive.

Total Information Awareness: Incurious George
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Incurious George
posted by Eric @ 10:55 AM
reviews and excerpts the Draper interview in Salon, including several hits of "incuriosity."

Draper does a good job of reconciling the two strands. Myopia born out of incuriosity to those issues not on Bush's radar and denial about negative trends, mixed with a potent blend of stubbornness and insecurity, is a better diagnosis of Bush than coarse stupidity.

Simplicitas (Tumblr)
Tue Sep 11

One thing about Bush is that he is not eager to please -- this may be related to his lack of curiosity.

Furthermore … | The Journal Gazette
The Journal Gazette (Fort Wayne, IN)
Opinion
Published: September 11, 2007 6:00 a.m.
unsigned editorial

IF PRESIDENT BUSH is famous for his lack of curiosity and interest and reading, at least one member of the first family is staying up on events around the world that Americans should care about.

No, He Is Not the Paris Hilton of U.S. Presidents: The Magazine: vanityfair.com
Vanity Fair
Editor's Letter
by Graydon Carter
October 2007
Graydon Carter is the editor of Vanity Fair.
First observed by Uncuriousgeorge.org on September 10, 2007.

Maybe he's not the incurious, isolated simpleton the press makes him out to be.

Jon Robin Baitz: Pack up the Moon and dismantle the sun - The Huffington Post
Posted September 11, 2007 | 11:50 PM (EST)

Mr. Draper in an interview regarding his book on Bush says that the fatal flaw in this most likeable of men, is a kind of frightened, defensive lack of curiosity. . . . "Weapons of mass destruction" was always a guess -- and a wrong guess that calcified into a frightened and incurious dogma (the reasons for the war have changed), is going to do us in.

Robert Draper's "Dead Certain" portrait of President Bush | Salon News
The scruffy charms of an insecure president
Biographer Robert Draper explains that Bush has a surprising intellect but is incapable of curiosity and owning up to mistakes.
September 11, 2007
By Rob Patterson

[Draper:] To me, one point that hasn't been discussed much that I think is central to the president's flaws is that his optimism -- which I think is basic to him and is genuine -- is offset by an unwillingness to acknowledge mistakes made. . . .

His certitude can come off as steadfastness, as on Sept. 20, 2001, with his great speech. And can -- as in his speeches at the end of 2005, where he said, not only can we win in Iraq, but we are winning, when evidence pointed to the contrary -- come across as having a stubborn refusal to acknowledge realities. . . .

I think that what's difficult to reconcile is this man's brightness with his capacity for incuriosity. I think where the rubber meets the road there is that Bush, for all of his talk about him being so comfortable in his own skin, possesses insecurities like the rest of us. And Bush, due to his insecurities, really doesn't like to be challenged. . . .

This is a guy who really possesses a lot of insecurities, and I think that's why he evinces this sort of incuriosity.

No, He Is Not the Paris Hilton of U.S. Presidents: The Magazine: vanityfair.com
Vanity Fair
Editor's Letter
by Graydon Carter
October 2007
Graydon Carter is the editor of Vanity Fair.
First observed by Uncuriousgeorge.org on September 10, 2007.

Maybe he's not the incurious, isolated simpleton the press makes him out to be.

Opinion: Half-baked Bush is not done yet
St. Petersburg (Florida) Times
By BILL MAXWELL
Published September 9, 2007

In writing Dead Certain, [Robert] Draper has warned us all: If Bush, an incurious person who ambled into history, builds his "institute" and deals with "the big issues" he has in mind, the United States and the rest of the world are in for many more years of Bush-inspired disasters.

Jo Swift: Personality Cults: Stalin, Mao, Bush [Divine Leaders]
Saturday, 8 September 2007

It’s widely known that Bush is an incurious poseur who doesn’t read the newspapers and has no interest in the grueling task of managing the government.

Norwegianity » More on Bush's phony war with Iran
09/[20]07
This article uses the name incurious George; the linked article does not.

Incurious George's Austrian adventures down under

Pruning Shears - Pruning Shears - Regaining our strength
Posted on Thursday, September 6, 2007 at 08:03PM
by Dan Fejes
Also appeared at OpEdNews as Regaining our strength

I think George Bush understands in some locked subterranean corner of his brain that he failed the nation in the summer of 2001, and his refusal to act on the intelligence in front of him contributed to the deaths of thousands of his countrymen. Unfortunately he also has a native lack of curiosity. Most people would dive head first into the details to make sure it never happened again. Bush seems satisfied with his store of knowledge so the remedy becomes “let’s grab everything we can and have our folks sort through it.”

Firedoglake - Firedoglake weblog » The Least He Could Do…
Thursday, September 6th, 2007 at 5:15 am
By: Christy Hardin Smith

This brings to mind something that James Fallows wrote the other day:

…the most plausible explanation for the otherwise bewildering chain of errors was the personal dynamics of the people at the top. The darkness of Cheney, the ideological cocksureness of Wolfowitz and operational cocksureness of Rumsfeld, the careerism of Tenet, the pliancy of Rice and (for different reasons) Powell. And, transcending them all, the magical combination of certainty and lack of curiosity of the man at the top…

Nothing like being certain even when you are utterly and completely wrong, is there? Especially when it is other people’s children who are dying for your lies and certitude. But what does President Short Attention Span (and apparently incurious delusional idiocy) care when there’s a BBQ to attend, thrown in honor of the “meat guy.”

Vegacura: "Certainty and lack of curiosity"
Wednesday, September 05, 2007
A review of James Fallows Atlantic piece Bush on disbanding the Iraqi military, cited in Citations Explained.

A perfect storm in Iraq and a failed presidency -- themorningcall.com
The Morning Call (Allentown, Pennsylvania)
Letters to the Editor
September 5, 2007

Many question his blunder after blunder when there were so many warnings beforehand. But, Mr. Bush has some qualities that created a perfect storm and trapped our soldiers in the Iraqi sands, killing many and maiming many more.

He believes he is divinely inspired . . . eschews self-reflection and re-evaluation and accepts no responsibility for his blunders because he is doing the ''Lord's will.''

Many suggest President Bush is insecure and he probably is, especially after failing to heed the warnings prior to 9/11. . . .

Then there is the self-righteousness. Not good. This allows our president to believe he knows all there is to know about an issue and seek no further information. Some suggest he is incurious and not connected to reality, but actually he is self-right-eous and creates his own reality. . . .

George J. Motsay, M.D.

The decider didn't decide | Capitol Hill Blue
September 5, 2007 - 4:22am.
Book reveals Bush's indecision, inaction
By MARTIN SCHRAM
Martin Schram writes political analysis for Scripps Howard News Service
A review of the New York Times review of Dead Certain; also appeared in the Ocala, Florida, Sun Banner as There's enough blame to go around when it comes to Iraq, the Youngstown, Ohio, Vindicator as Bush's non-decision costly in Iraq, and the Sydney Morning Herald as Bush attacked over deficits, 'oily' war.

Bush is not the first president to be hermetically sealed in an Oval Office bubble. But in the interest of fair and balanced punditry, we need to note that -- in addition to this president's willful incuriousness, ignorance and incompetence -- the willfully dysfunctional Bush presidency has nevertheless been a true team effort.

The Crisis Papers: Twenty-Two Things We Now Know Six Years After 9/11
By Bernard Weiner
Co-Editor, The Crisis Papers
September 4, 2007

It's Faith Over Science, Myth Over Reality. We know that this attitude ("my mind is made up, don't bother me with the facts") shows up most openly in how science is disregarded by the Bush Administration in favor of faith-based thinking. A good example would be the issue of global warming. Some of this non-curiosity about reality may be based in fundamentalist religious, even Apocalyptic, beliefs. Much of Bush's bashing of science is designed as payback to his fundamentalist base, but the scary part is that a good share of the time he actually seems to believe what he's saying, about evolution vs. creationism, stem-cell research, abstinence education, censoring the rewriting of government scientific reports that differ from the Bush party line, cutbacks in R&D grants for the National Science Foundation, etc., ad nauseum. This closed-mind attitude helps explain, on a deeper level, why things aren't working out in Iraq, or anywhere else for that matter. Reality, to them, is an annoyance that is best ignored. . . .

Bush is seen for what he is: an insecure, uncurious, arrogant, dangerous, dry-drunk bully who is endangering U.S. national interests abroad with his reckless and incompetently-managed wars, his wrecking of the U.S. economy at home, and with his over-reaching in all areas.

Townhall.com::Blog
Tuesday, September 04, 2007
Advice for Fred Thompson
Posted by: Matt Lewis at 12:55 PM

Fred Thompson is running to replace George W. Bush, a president thought to be intellectually uncurious.

» Blog Archive » No End in Sight.
Bullseye Rooster
September 3rd, 2007
A review of the documentary film “No End in Sight”

One DIA official told of boiling a thirty-five page intelligence briefing down to one page. It was specifically, methodically edited so the intended reader — the stupidest, most incurious commander-in-chef, ever — could get something out of it.

But he did not read it.

All against each other.
OpEdNews
September 2, 2007 at 18:18:19
by winston

Why is he forcing our troops to die when in the spring of 2008 they will have to be withdrawn due to manpower shortages-another fuzzy math fact, the "intellectually incurious" one denies.

August 2007

The Daily Dish
Atlantic.com
Andrew Sullivan
More Grit [hilzoy]
28 Aug 2007 11:08 pm

Second, and more interestingly, I think that there are some people who just don't see that really caring about something requires thinking about it very, very clearly. Admittedly, it's hard to see how someone could not see that unless there were a deep problem with his understanding of his relationship to the world; but there are people who have such problems. Imagine, for instance, someone who, as a child, got everything he wanted just by screaming, and who was either sufficiently incurious not to want things he couldn't get this way, or sufficiently impatient not to stick with the actual thinking long enough to get what he wanted. A person like that might just not see that when you really, really want to achieve something, you really need to think clearly about how to get it. In him, "wanting something" would involve not bending all his effort and his will to achieving it, but screaming more and more loudly at the world. . . .

In Bush's case, I think the problem is twofold. First, he is a grown-up version of the child I described above, who gets everything he wants by throwing tantrums. (That's why I described that case at length.)

The Daily News Record
The Daily News Record (Harrisonburg, Virginia)
Sunday, August 26, 2007
Letters to the Editor
Fawning Coverage Of Rove
by Joann H. Henderson

For those who don’t have access to the site, Bill Moyers points out that Rove figured out how to take an "intellectually incurious, draft diverse [sic], naughty playboy in a flight jacket with chewing tobacco in his back pocket" and make him governor by selling him as God’s annointed.

Voluntary Oblivion - Rage Induced Chronic Insomnia...
Aug. 24th, 2007 at 12:36 AM

Here's a lil something from Mr. Al Gore in his book The Assault On Reason on page 55.
"There are many people in both political parties who worry that there is some thing deeply troubling about President Bush's relationship to reason, his disdain for facts, and his lack of curiosity about any new information that might produce a deeper understanding of the problems and policies that he is supposed to wrestle with on behalf of the country."

The Liberal Doomsayer: Thank You, President 25 Percent "Mandate"!
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
posted by doomsy @ 2:18 PM
A long, run-on sentence. We don't write 'em, we just cite 'em.

In a year and a political climate where all of the foul Repug chickens, as it were, have come home to roost (Iraq, domestic spying, continued inaction on the climate crisis, obstructionism by Incurious George on all manner of legislation from the 110th Congress, the possible onset of a recession...for everyone, including the investor class...due to the subprime mortgage debacle - and note that legitimate Immigration reform, though important, isn’t on the list), reflected in the fact that they trail the Democrats in fundraising (and in congressional races also), you’ll never guess how they’re choosing to spend their money.

Bill Moyers Journal
August 17, 2007
This item was quoted by numerous Internet sites and other media.
video

Karl Rove figured out a long time ago that the way to take an intellectually incurious, draft-averse, naughty playboy in a flight jacket with chewing tobacco in his back pocket and make him governor of Texas, was to sell him as God's anointed in a state where preachers and televangelists outnumber even oil derricks and jack rabbits.

Daily Times - Leading News Resource of Pakistan
VIEW: Foreign policy —Farrukh Saleem
Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Incurious George is a friend no more.

Book Blog - Likely Stories, by Keir Graff - Booklist Online » Blog Archive » O.J. Simpson isn’t the only pariah with a book in him
posted on Tuesday, August 14th, 2007 at 12:28 pm

The leader of the free world is intellectually incurious and implicitly rejects the notion of book larnin’.

Kiko's House: Happy Birthday, Abeer Qassim Hamza
Monday, August 13, 2007
posted at 5:31 AM

But Iraq is not just another war. It is an unnecessary and arguably an immoral war that was justified by a neoconservative coven that manipulated a notably inexperienced and uncurious commander in chief into invading a country and destabilizing an entire region.

Surge is spiraling out of control.
OpEdNews.com August 12, 2007 at 11:01:40
by winston winston

Not big bro 43! He's proud of his "intellectual incuriosity" even making speeches about how only in the US of A he'd be allowed to excel despite his puny academic ability.

Nationmedia.com | Daily Nation | COMMENTARY | Finally, we get to know the power behind George W
Story by GITAU WARIGI
Publication Date: 8/12/2007

In fact, whenever you read the American press, the rather sweet word they frequently use to describe their President is that he is “incurious.” . . .

It is not the first time that an “incurious.” emperor has had to be spoon-fed by somebody with an altogether different agenda. Czar Nicholas of Russia had his Rasputin. There was even the Roman Emperor Caligula who preferred his horse.

Tussling Over Iran - by Alan Bock
ANTIWAR.COM
August 11, 2007

So it’s difficult to blame Karzai and Maliki for preferring not to antagonize Iran. They’re probably a little concerned that the frat boy in the White House is so intent on antagonizing Iran on their behalf. What’s more difficult is to understand the arrogance of a leader who believes he knows, from halfway around the world and a lifetime of incuriosity about the world outside West Texas, better than those who are actually there and have been there for years, how genuinely threatening one of their neighbors is, or what the best way of dealing with that neighbor is.

Daily Kos: Reason for Bush's Incuriousity Confirmed
by hcc in VA
Thu Aug 09, 2007 at 02:34:38 PM PDT

Many have lamented the fact that, although Bush lives in the city with the most magnificent museums in the world, he has never had the curiosity to enter one, other than on official business.  The same can be said for his disinterest in books, current events, geography, economics, diplomacy, newspapers, and physics.

San Jose Mercury News - Iraq debacle turns businessman into filmmaker
By Bruce Newman
MEDIANEWS STAFF
Article Launched: 08/09/2007 02:54:26 PM PDT
Interview with "No End In Sight" film director Charles Ferguson.

Less than a half dozen people made all the critical decisions about the war and occupation of Iraq.

And, by the way, the president of the United States was not among them. The picture that emerged from my interviews is of a president who is remarkably detached, passive, uninvolved and uncurious. He did not ask questions, did not criticize, did not make suggestions, did not read national intelligence estimates. The idea that a president would have virtually no involvement in the critical decisions about a war and planning the occupation is astonishing.

The Daily Bastardette: SAY IT AIN'T SO! JOE SOBRAN SUGGESTS GEORGE W. BUSH SHOULD HAVE BEEN ADOPTED
Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Unless, of course . . . the ever incurious George got curious.

The Zen Cabin: A trout in the milk
August 6, 2001

So many words have been tossed about to describe George Bush in the last six years: incompetent, incurious, demented, unqualified, criminally insane. . . .

'Yes, but-' by Dan Benbow - Get Underground Featured Article
08.07.07 [originally published August 2, 2007]

Not that a country led by someone as uniquely incurious, ignorant, incompetent, inarticulate and inadequate as GWB can pretend to being a meritocracy, but in the hope that we will put this sad chapter behind us, and stop being the laughingstock of the civilized world, an adult discussion of the most powerful leadership position in the world should include comparisons of experience among the candidates.

July 2007

Niagara Falls Reporter Opinion
TILLMAN DEATH, WMD IN IRAQ JUST FOR STARTERS IN BUSH'S MENDACITY
By Bill Gallagher
July 31 2007
Bill Gallagher, a Peabody Award winner, is a former Niagara Falls city councilman who now covers Detroit for Fox2 News.

It's hard to image that our sports-crazy president -- as incurious as he normally is -- didn't ask a couple of questions about Tillman's death.

Kansas.com | 07/24/2007 | DAVIS MERRITT: CIVIL WAR IS INEVITABLE, SO LET'S LEAVE IRAQ NOW
The Wichita Eagle
Tue, Jul. 24, 2007
Davis Merritt is a former editor of The Eagle.

The Bush administration, for reasons still not clearly articulated (Sept. 11 certainly wasn't a legitimate reason for the invasion of Iraq), decided that what Iraq and the Mideast needed was a dose of good old American democracy. It was a neoconservative pipe dream sold to an incurious president by ideologues who spent too much time talking to one another and not nearly enough time studying history.

Truth That Hurts But Sets You Free - Tehachapi News - Tehachapi News
Bush Cult Mammon Worship and Fascism in America
posted by wbuck on Monday, July 23, 2007 at 05:02 PM

This corrupt Bush cult has systematically eroded our Constitution, subverted our system of justice, dishonored our nation, and pitted the humanity of the entire planet against us for the sake of their god (money).

The most frightening aspect of all of this is that it did not occur overnight. This plan for a “New World Order” did not originate with this petulant, pampered, pusillanimous, prince of privilege. Tinkerbelle was (s)elected by those movers and shakers of capitalism whom the CIA actually serves, precisely because of his incurious intellect and total lack of conscience.

Jo Swift: Cheney: "I'm a Creep; I'm a Weirdo" [Video]
Sunday, 22 July 2007

The untried and incurious President would reign
But his government would be shaped largely
by his vastly experienced Vice-President,
contemptuous of Congress and so skilled
in the ways of Washington bureaucracy
that his authority across every branch
of the administration would come to
resemble that of a British prime minister

Red State Impressions: What if Bush Had Been More Like Dumbledore?
Sunday, July 22, 2007
Posted by Ric Caric at 9:34 AM

What would have happened if George Bush had had a similar moment of self-reflection when Republican recruiters came calling upon him to run for President? What if Bush had realized that he had qualities that made him unworthy to hold enormous power? Bush has many disqualifying personal characteristics, any list of which would include his longstanding failure to exercise responsibility in his own life, lack of curiosity, lack of capacity for self-doubt, lack of attention to detail, and ignorance of many of the issues. George W. had already run two businesses into the ground and made himself an embarrassment in his father's White House. If he had recognized that his previous failures weren't accidents, he could have saved himself, and us, from being such a monumental failure as president.

Vice-President who is second-to-none - 21 Jul 2007 - NZ Herald: World / International News
The New Zealand Herald
By Rupert Cornwell

The untried and incurious President would reign. But his government would be shaped largely by his vastly experienced Vice-President, contemptuous of Congress and so skilled in bureaucracy that his authority would reach across every branch of the administration.

Sticking to principles makes life sticky - Elizabeth Wilner - Politico.com
Jul 18, 2007 07:10 PM EST
The writer alleges not that Bush actually is incurious, but that he acted that way to avoid accountability.

And rather than encourage questions about the role played by Karl Rove and other administration officials in the outing of a CIA operative, Bush chose to appear incurious, saying in his press conference that he hasn't "spent a lot of time talking about the testimony that people throughout my administration were forced to give."

Dialling in to the good old days of radio - TV & Radio - Entertainment
The Age (Australia)
July 19, 2007
Sue Javes is treated to a bedtime story by a master.

Of George Bush, he [A Prairie Home Companion host Garrison Keillor] says: "The man is an idiot. He's one of the most inarticulate people to hold the office. Richard Nixon was a masterpiece compared with this man. He's just a small, dismal, incurious, incompetent person and we have another 15 months of him."

Gore's call for a more active democracy | csmonitor.com
The Christian Science Monitor
Gore's call for a more active democracy
In his 'Assault on Reason,' former Vice President Al Gore chides a passive electorate too dependent on TV.
By Brad Knickerbocker
from the July 17, 2007 edition
Brad Knickerbocker is a Monitor staff writer.

. . . Gore warns, "the internal balance between reason, fear, and faith" is thrown off balance, taken advantage of by ideologues and a remarkably incurious president.

The New York Times > TimesSelect
The Waiting Game
By PAUL KRUGMAN
Published: July 16, 2007

O.K., it’s not news that Mr. Bush has no empathy for people less fortunate than himself. But his willful ignorance here is part of a larger picture: by and large, opponents of universal health care paint a glowing portrait of the American system that bears as little resemblance to reality as the scare stories they tell about health care in France, Britain, and Canada.

What we’re losing « Later On
07.16.07

It occurred to me today, reading these remembrances of Khalid W. Hassan,”Solid Khalid,” that many (most?) of those who have lost their lives in Iraq and will lose their lives over the coming months (years?) are worth so much more, as human beings, than George W. Bush, shallow, uncurious, cowardly, dishonest, uncaring, meanspirited, stubborn, petulant, self-pitying, whining wretch that he is. And yet it’s his war—and a war he keeps in motion so that he can hand it off to his successor and never admit to himself how wrong he was.

Founders v. Bush: a Comparison in Quotations of the Policies and Politics of the Founding Fathers of America and George W. Bush
Title: Founders v. Bush
Author: Steve Coffman
Paperback: 192 pages
Publisher: One World Studios Ltd.; 1st edition (July 15, 2007)
Language: English
ISBN: 978-0979727207

As to George W. Bush, I don’t purport to know anything about him beyond his public image and pronouncements. I don’t know if he truly eschews open-minded discussion, ignores undesirable evidence and reasoning or if he is a master actor who has created a convincing persona of the “artificial aristocrat” that Jefferson warned us of; I don’t know if he is ignorant and uncurious or merely master poseur — but that he is a smug demagogue and prodigious liar is beyond all doubt.

DeadElephant.ORG       -- the blog: One small silver lining in this neoConservative nightmare...
Sunday, July 15, 2007
posted by DeadElephant.ORG @ 5:24 PM
One small silver lining in this neoConservative nightmare...

...is that the public at large has been confronted with the full implications of "faith-based" reasoning, and pure, cussed, intellectual stubbornness. Our president epitomizes the mindset of non-thought, non-curiosity, and non-communication - a type of religiocity that literally threatens the future of humanity.

Razzle Dazzle: Above Law, Scooter Skates
The Chief-Leader
New York, NY
Civil service Employees Weekly
July 13, 2007
By RICHARD STEIER

Once viewed as the sober, experienced insider who would guide a callow, incurious President with little prior knowledge of foreign policy, Mr. Cheney's image has actually taken a bigger hit than Mr. Bush's during their 6-1/2 years in office.

Sadly, No! » One Is The Nooniest Number That You’ll Ever Do
July 13, 2007
Posted at 20:13 by Gavin M.
A fascinating commentary, definitely worth reading, on archconservative Peggy Noonan — Reagan speechwriter, Wall Street Journal columnnist and George W. Bush campaigner — and her term “Bush Derangement Syndrome,” acknowledging the non-credibility and utter failure of Bush and his administration.

But while we’re discussing, it’s been widely noted since the early days of his candidacy for president that Bush seems ignorant, incurious, and removed from reality.

It's finally time for Bush to answer questions about Libby | Salon.com
By Joe Conason
July 13, 2007

Whether McClellan and Bush were lying back then or not -- and they probably were -- much information later came to the incurious president's attention that demonstrated the dishonorable "involvement" of his staff beyond a reasonable doubt.

The Newshoggers: McCain Looking for Fat Lady to Sing?
Posted by shamanic at 7/10/2007 11:45:00 AM

What if... John McCain, and not the weak, fearful, and incurious George W. Bush had won the nomination [in 2000]?

Andrew Cohen • The legacy of JFK
The Ottawa (Ontario, Canada) Citizen
Published: Tuesday, July 10, 2007

The incurious Mr. Bush abdicated the foremost responsibility of commander in chief: to know what to ask.

The Crisis Papers: Impeaching the Shadow Master
By Bernard Weiner, Co-Editor, The Crisis Papers
July 10, 2007
Bernard Weiner, Ph.D. in government & international relations, has taught at universities in Washington and California, worked as a writer/editor with the San Francisco Chronicle for two decades, and currently co-edits The Crisis Papers (www.crisispapers.org).

In the wake of Cheney's recent declaration that he is not part of the Executive Branch, thus beholden to nobody, I dipped again into "The One Percent Doctrine," by the Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Ron Suskind. The book, based on interviews with more than 100 officials inside the government, is an eye-opening history of the Administration's so-called "war on terror" as seen from the inside, and it's Cheney, of course, who is the locus of the whole shebang.

KEEPING INFO FROM AN INCURIOUS BUSH

By 2006, when Suskind's book was published, it had long been apparent that Dim Son was off on the White House sidelines most of the time while Cheney essentially ran the place, especially foreign and military policy. On occasion, Cheney would even tell Bush what he was doing.

. . . Suskind makes clear that Bush -- perhaps the most incurious and intellectually vacuous president in recent American history -- chose to not know too much; he was content to follow Cheney's lead. If Bush were to be fully informed -- in other words, if realistic facts were to be presented to him -- such "information might undercut the confidence he has in certain sweeping convictions." How delicately put.

Dissident Voice : The Napping President
by Gary Leupp / July 9th, 2007
Gary Leupp is a Professor of History, and Adjunct Professor of Comparative Religion at Tufts University, and author of numerous works on Japanese history. He can be reached at: gleupp@granite.tufts.edu.

It’s apparent to anyone watching a Bush news conference that he is intellectually uncurious, dogmatic, sometimes incoherent — in various ways mentally lazy.

Oil, war and allies a dicey mix - Opinion - theage.com.au The Age (Australia)
Shaun Carney
July 9, 2007

It has been, and continues to be, the world's great misfortune that right when a great American president was needed it got the incurious, twerpish Bush.

Newsvine - GOP Defections on Iraq: Who's Next?
GOP Defections on Iraq: Who's Next?
Fri Jul 6, 2007 2:53 PM EDT
comment by BlaiseP
Sat Jul 7, 2007 11:52 AM EDT
Because of the literary reference and general interest, an exception to the usual rule of Uncuriousgeorge.org not citing comments.

As Bush withdraws into himself, in the twilight of his presidency, he simply does not care who deserts him at this point. He will do largely as he wishes: the fair-weather patriots who rah-rahed his War on Saddam, they're all gone. He's all alone on the parapets of his castle, hoping history will vindicate him. There seems to be a streak of fatalism to Bush, born of his incuriousness and deep ignorance of the American people. A bit of Lear:
'Tis the infirmity of his age: yet he hath ever
but slenderly known himself.

Left Side of the Prairie: What can we learn from JFK? | Eden Prairie News
Eden Prairie News, Eden Prairie, Minnesota July 5, 2007
By Bill Lapadat
Bill Lapadat is a stay-at-home dad, writer and former English teacher living in Eden Prairie. His column appears the first Thursday of the month.

Richard Nixon used to start out his day with coffee and more than a dozen of the largest newspapers both in America and worldwide. When the current commander-in-chief was asked how many national and international newspapers he read daily, he said he has his wife and others to do that for him.

Journalists argue whether it’s laziness or arrogance that is behind this disdain for the press and its product (the news), a disdain that has given us this most Uncurious George for president these last seven years.

Evolving in Kansas: Bush Ignores laws of war
Wednesday, July 4, 2007
Posted by Mousie Cat at 11:02 AM

As a "C" student at Yale (and one presumes during his previous educational career), Bush may not be intentionally ignoring laws regarding war. It's more likely he is completely ignorant of them. His lack of curiosity regarding anything that happened before he became President is striking, and frightening.

What would Lincoln do?: Decider went off on his own: sorta
Tuesday, July 03, 2007
posted by Maire | 10:41 PM

Incurious George did it

President Bush, Scooter Libby and Girlie Men
www.BayouBuzz.com
by Sarah Whalen, who is a free-lance writer and a frequent contributor to Bayoubuzz.com
July 3, 2007

The Founding Fathers would be appalled by Bush's incurious nature, his inability to read the daily newspapers, his compulsive need to abusively, publicly taunt foreign leaders (most recently Queen Elizabeth), his refusal to take an oath to tell the truth before Congress, his adamant refusal to acknowledge discredited "intelligence," and his grandiose belief in his own inerrancy and divine mission.

Alobar Greywalker: Magickal Record (aka Frater PVN, Bill Siebert) - Shrub Speaks!
2:48 pm July 3rd, 2007

We need Independence from unCurious George, the Dick

Niagara Falls Reporter Opinion
AL-QAEDA IN IRAQ BUSH'S CREATION
By Bill Gallagher
July 3 2007
Bill Gallagher, a Peabody Award winner, is a former Niagara Falls city councilman who now covers Detroit for Fox2 News.

Bush is not nearly clever enough to sort through or keep up with Cheney's Machiavellian machinations. The president is so lazy and incurious, he's more than willing to let Cheney do his dirty work. Whether it is approving torture, illegal wiretapping, concentration camps and kidnappings, or coddling corporate polluters, Cheney is ready to nod OK.

Bush's Pardon of Libby Is a Sad Day For Justice in America - Cherry Hill, New Jersey Personal Injury Lawyer
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Editor: Michael A. Ferrara, Jr.
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July 02, 2007
By Mike Ferrara

Dick Gephardt once told how afraid he was at Bush's total lack of "curiosity".

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