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December 2005

(12/31/2005) Y2005: Wayward Press Awards
Albion Monitor (Sebastopol, California)
December 31, 2005
by Jeff Elliott
Other excerpts of this appear under Uncurious Media

More than a few commentators lumped Bush's views on evolution with the administration's stance against the Kyoto Protocol and stem cell research to take a good, strong thwack at Bush The Science Ninny. Nothing wrong with that; "incurious George" is an apt nickname for the man.

POLITICS-US: Anti-Imperialists Beware - Bush Is Reading Again
Inter Press Service News Agency
Anti-Imperialists Beware - Bush Is Reading Again
Analysis by Jim Lobe
WASHINGTON, Dec 28 (IPS) - The Reader-in-Chief is at it again, and anti-imperialists around the world have reason to be concerned.
This piece was cited December 30, 2005 in Le roi lit... on the French website dedefensa.org.

It is in this context [of President Bush's propensity to establish policy based the few books that he reads] that Bush's latest selections should be analysed. The first, "When Trumpets Call: Theodore Roosevelt After the White House", concerns his favourite presidential antecedent, whose famous or infamous 1904 Corollary to the Monroe Doctrine shortly after the Spanish-American War heralded Washington's claim to great-power status and its right to intervene unilaterally anywhere in the Americas against "chronic wrongdoing, or an impotence which results in a general loosening of the ties of civilised society".

The choice may suggest that Bush, who clearly subscribes to the "great man" theory of history that was the rage in Roosevelt's time, is contemplating a very active retirement. If it doesn't take him on safari in Africa or on scientific expeditions to the Amazon (unlikely pastimes for a man who by all accounts is an unenthusiastic and incurious traveler), it could make him a permanent force in the Republican Party and for the kind of aggressive nationalism that Roosevelt espoused through much of his career.

Because Bush Is Not Our Fault
New York (magazine)
Reasons to Love New York
Because Bush Is Not Our Fault
123 reasons to love New York
By Jennifer Senior & John Homans
December 26, 2005

After every malapropism, every inadvertent display of incuriosity, every heartbreaking show of incompetence, we can remind ourselves we had nothing to do with Bush’s reelection.

BELLACIAO - Our Dirty President King - peter fredsib
By Peter Fredson
December 20, 2005

He is just about the most incurious President I have ever known.

Hollywood's Crude Cliches
The Washington Post
By Richard Cohen
Tuesday, December 13, 2005; Page A27

That entire collection of neo- and retro-conservatives -- George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld and particularly Paul Wolfowitz -- made war not for oil or for empire but to end the horror of Saddam Hussein and, yes, reorder the Middle East.

They were inept. They were duplicitous. They were awesomely incompetent, and, in the case of Bush, they were monumentally ignorant and incurious, but they did not give a damn for oil or empire. This is why so many liberals, myself included, originally supported the war.

At 87, Wallace still tells it like it is
The Boston Globe
By Suzanne C. Ryan, Globe Staff  |  December 8, 2005
Cited in Crain's Cleveland Business and New York Daily News's Rush & Molloy, both December 8, 2005. Also appeared in Rolling Stone National Affairs Daily by Tim Dickinson, December 8, 2005, as If Only All Journalists Were 87, with the offending word replacing “[Expletive]”

Mike Wallace and his hard-hitting brand of journalism have been synonymous with ''60 Minutes" since CBS introduced the program in 1968. . . .

Q. President George W. Bush has declined to be interviewed by you. What would you ask him if you had the chance?

A. What in the world prepared you to be the commander in chief of the largest superpower in the world? In your background, Mr. President, you apparently were incurious. You didn't want to travel. You knew very little about the military. . . . The governor of Texas doesn't have the kind of power that some governors have. . . . Why do you think they nominated you? . . . Do you think that has anything to do with the fact that the country is so [expletive] up?

Media Matters - Bumiller takes a stand on Matthews panel debate: "I am here to tell you [Bush] reads the newspapers"

In a September 25, 2003, editorial that referenced the Hume interview, The New York Times wrote, "Mr. Bush and his aides also seem to go to great lengths to underline the degree to which the president closes himself off from the news media. ... But it is worrisome when one of the most incurious men ever to occupy the White House takes pains to insist that he gets his information on what the world is saying only in predigested bits from his appointees."

Barbara Bush and the wretched Mr. Cheney :: from www.uruknet.info :: news from occupied Iraq - ch
Mike Whitney
December 4, 2005
Also December 5, 2005, on Dissident Voices site and December 8, 2005, on Buzzflash.

We shouldn’t "misunderestimate" our simple monarch. He may be an incurious malingerer with the attention span of a spaniel, but he has the instincts of a Mafia Don.

The Washington Note Archives
December 01, 2005
Bush Gossip & Tonight's Ten Minutes on Air America' Majority Report

Babs was a bad mother. She failed to show little, uncurious George sufficient love during the formative years, and now the rest of the world suffers the consequences.

Posted by: Category 5 at December 2, 2005 10:00 AM
I am a committed Perotista - so there is no love lost between me and Mr. Bush. I've always considered him to be a priggish momma's boy, intellectually incurious, and unsuited to power for a variety of reasons.

Posted by: arsenia gallegos at December 2, 2005 11:32 AM

ICT [2005/12/01]  The 'wheels are coming off'
Indian Country Today
The 'wheels are coming off'
Posted: December 01, 2005
by: Editors Report / Indian Country Today
Incompetence and scandal shock the country

While its ultimate outcome remains to be seen, Americans are increasingly beginning to see Bush in an entirely new light: as incompetent, uncurious and, most damagingly, as dishonest. This is particularly stunning given the establishment of a domestic partisan propagandistic media and well-documented instances of media manipulation by the Bush administration. It is a world where even the acerbic populist radio talk show host Don Imus recently commented in his morning program: ''It feels like the wheels are coming off the car.''

November 2005

Daily Kos: Santa, the only benevolent lie
by MOnads
Thu Nov 24, 2005 at 11:18:03 PM PDT

Not being like uncurious George, I would like to know. Tell me, why does Bush lie?

Guarino: WMD's, Iraq and al-Qaeda
Posted by: Roch101 | November 23, 2005 at 08:26 AM

Kristol is no nuetral observer. He currently serves as PNAC's chariman. He's trying to salvage his investment in an elitist think tank plan that was developed without public debate but swallowed as gospel by the intellectually uncurious Bush administration.

The Kvetch: A Most Uncurious Administration
Monday, November 21, 2005

[excerpt from the Washington Post]
As he barnstormed through Japan, South Korea and China, with a final stop in Mongolia still to come, Bush visited no museums, tried no restaurants, bought no souvenirs and made no effort to meet ordinary local people.

The American Enterprise: The “Ugly American” Meets the “Ugly Chinese”
By Ying Ma
Ying Ma is a National Research Initiative fellow at the American Enterprise Institute.
Posted: November 18, 2005
Here we have a fellow at a major ultra-right-wing think tank acknowledging Bush's uncuriosity. But she makes a common mistake of using the term "The Ugly American" to mean Americans who misbehave in non-U.S. eyes. But in William J. Lederer and Eugene Burdick's 1958 book The Ugly American, the namesake ugly character was the good American who helped provide clean water and whose wife unbent the backs of old people through the discovery of a better way of making brooms. It was the beautiful and handsome Americans who blundered and caused problems.

To many of his detractors, President George W. Bush represents the quintessential ugly American—unrefined, uncurious, and unafraid to use American power.

The Repository, Canton, Ohio
Letters to the Editor
Leak, treatment of prisoners put GOP in valley of deceit, not on moral high ground
Thursday, November 17, 2005

Even incurious George W. must see that Abu Ghraib is a mere bump in the highway compared to foreign prisons without any laws or regulations. . . .

Henry Pabian, Plain Township

BELLACIAO - WANT TO KNOW WHY BUSH DECLARED WAR? - peter fredsib - Collective Bellaciao
Peter Fredson November 14, 2005
An 8,000-word opinion essay on the Bush administration.

To practice secrecy and see how far lies, misinformation, deception, stealth, and preemption can take an incurious, manic, petulant, and irritable president to make a “legacy.” . . .

To scare Americans into accepting a petulant, irritable, incurious and irresponsible party boy as world leader of a moral crusade.

Another Day in the Empire
Grand Daddy [sic] Neocon Shoots Messenger
Sunday November 13th 2005, 10:13 am
[by] k.nimmo at comcast dot net
The word "granddaddy" might have been a better choice than "grand daddy." Is Norman Podhoretz a "big father" (grand daddy) or "elder statesman" (granddaddy) of the neocon movement? Technically, the legal term "disinterest" means "impartiality owing to a lack of self-interest," not "lack of interest" as this writer uses it.

it is possible, more than likely, Bush did not tell a series of lies [when he told us Saddam had a WMD program and was in cahoots with Osama bin Laden]. His neocon advisers did. Bush is a cardboard cut-out placed in office by the neocons. He is a cigar store Indian. He simply repeated the lies served up by the neocons and the Office of Special Plans. Due to his disinterest, his lack of curiosity, his distaste for reading, and absence of critical intelligence, Bush does little more than fumble through the provided script. Bush “believed in the truth of what he was saying” because he lives in a dualistic, Manichean world of radical absolutes, and thus is incapable of critical assessment.

clay’s big freakin’ blog
Posted on Monday 7 November 2005

Uncurious George talked to the press today at Panama’s presidential palace where some silly reporter had the monumental temerity to question the Bush administration’s “pay no attention to that sadist behind the curtain“ attitude towards torturing detainees:

FloridaBlues: Incurious George
Incurious George
November 07, 2005
A short entry without anything to explicitly explain the title, unless, perhaps, links are followed.

53% of adult Americans surveyed support Bush impeachment
Newsgroups: alt.law-enforcement, alt.thebird.copwatch, tx.politics, aus.politics, alt.news-media
From: "Sanders Kaufman" <sanderskauf...@hotmail.com>
Date: Sat, 05 Nov 2005 04:21:28 GMT
Local: Fri, Nov 4 2005 8:21 pm
Subject: Re: 53% of adult Americans surveyed support Bush impeachment

Bush's best defense so far has been his low intellect, lack of curiosity,
and wilfull ignorance.

October 2005

Preemptive Karma
Posted by Carla at October 30, 2005 07:05 AM
Also appeared October 30 at Democrats & Liberals:: The Definition of Insanity and November 2, 2005 on thatcoloredfella.com.

To prop Bush up as this lone patriotic figure is a feat indeed. A man without curiosity or a breadth of intellectuality is a tough sell. Absolute loyalty and lockstep message control has to take place.

The Carpetbagger Report » Blog Archive » Bush has only himself to blame
October 28, 2005

Six years ago, Americans seemed to realize that George W. Bush was a simple man with neither intellectual curiosity nor expertise in any area of public policy.

Salon.com News | The strange saga of Cheney and the "nuclear threat"
Why did the veep suddenly lose interest in the evidence?
By Jim Lobe
Oct. 26, 2005
Here, Vice President Cheney lacks curiosity.

Meanwhile, Cheney, whose initial curiosity set off this flurry of travel and reporting, appeared to have lost interest in the results by the time he left on a Middle Eastern trip in mid-March; at least, no information has come to light so far indicating that he ever got back to the CIA or anyone else with further questions or requests on the matter of whether Saddam had actually been in the market for Niger yellowcake uranium ore. Yet, within four days of his return to Washington, there he was on the Sunday TV shows assuring the nation's viewers that Iraq was indeed "actively pursuing nuclear weapons at this time."

Did he then acquire new information, perhaps from Iraq's neighbors, during his trip to the Middle East, or had he simply decided by then that the "facts" really had to be "fixed" -- or more precisely in Wilson's case, ignored altogether -- if the American people were to be persuaded that war was the only solution to the problem of Saddam Hussein? In any event, one can only describe his sudden lack of curiosity combined with his public certainty on the subject as, well ... curious.

Mike Whitney: Apres Rove
October 24, 2005
When Bush's Brain Takes a Perp Walk
Also appeared October 24, 2005 in Buzzflash as Après Rove le Déluge.

In many ways Bush is nothing more than the political vehicle for the aspirations, ambitions, and objectives of his constituents. He wasn't chosen as a presidential nominee for his abilities, but for his for his willingness to follow orders and carry out the corporate agenda without question. His utter lack of curiosity about anything beyond the range of his immediate experience has proved to be a real godsend in his new assignment.

On the Right, Caught in the Middle
The Washington Post
Media Notes
On the Right, Caught in the Middle
By Howard Kurtz
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, October 17, 2005; Page C01
Also appeared on MediaChannel.org, same date and title.

In early 2003, Frum published "The Right Man," a mostly positive book about Bush that nonetheless contained some tart observations.

The president "is impatient and quick to anger; sometimes glib, even dogmatic; often uncurious and as a result ill-informed; more conventional in his thinking than a leader should be," Frum wrote.

Republicans are in tumult and the Democrats are in hiding
St. Petersburg (FL) Times
Diane Roberts is author of Dream State, a book about Florida.
Published October 15, 2005

Our unpopular, underbriefed, incurious president keeps trying to force the conversation back onto his one strong subject: terrrism.

The Ostroy Report: The Bush Strategy of Mixing Politics and Terror
Thursday, October 13, 2005
by Andy Ostroy
Also found at Bush Watch.

In fact, had the Bushies not duped half of America into obsessing over another potential attack we likely would have President Kerry in the White House instead of unCurious George.

Regressive Fish Stinks From The Head Down
Regressive Fish Stinks From The Head Down
by Allen Snyder
October 12, 2005

W: installed by court decision, never elected; incurious detached bubble-dwelling King George; lord of mediocrity and underachieving, never worked an honest day in his life, shirked his military service, doesn’t read, can barely speak, former coke-snorter and current dry (or not) drunkard, morally stunted, blood-soaked torturer, serial killer, and war criminal, empathetically impotent, caterer to haves and shitter-on-er of have-nots, general incompetent failure and consumer of infinitely more oxygen than he’s worth. What is not to utterly despise about this sad, sick, cowardly fool that passes for an American leader?

Capitol Hill's Mr. Chairman - 10/11/05
Detroit News
Capitol Hill's Mr. Chairman
For a record 50 years, John Dingell has shaped America
By Richard A. Ryan / News Senior Washington Correspondent

[Rep.] Dingell [(D-MI)] has served under 10 presidents during his lengthy career, beginning with Dwight Eisenhower. And he doesn't hesitate in declaring George W. Bush the worst of the lot.

Bush, Dingell said, "is probably the most intellectually incurious man I have ever met."

Welcome to the Occupation
The Washington Post
Welcome to the Occupation
A rueful liberal hawk explores the road to war in Iraq and its chaotic aftermath.
Reviewed by Gideon Rose
Sunday, October 9, 2005; Page BW03
THE ASSASSINS' GATE: America in Iraq
By George Packer
Farrar Straus Giroux. 467 pp. $26
Also appeared in the Austin American Statesman October 16 as George Packer's 'The Assassins' Gate' and in the Houston Chronicle October 28 as The Assassin's Gate by George Packer.

Writing with barely suppressed fury and continued bafflement, he describes how the great and noble enterprise he supported is inexplicably handed over to those least qualified to make it work: "No one at the top level of the administration was less interested in the future of Iraq than Donald Rumsfeld. Yet he would demand and receive control over the postwar, and he would entrust it to his more ideologically fervent aides, in whom he placed the same incurious confidence that the president placed in Rumsfeld."

Speak Your Mind And Read Mine: OK, Let's Pull Out All Of The Stops
Friday, October 08, 2004
posted by Michael at 8:20 AM

Why is Bush so dramatically non-curious about things scientific?

President Bush and the Infidels | TPMCafe
The Coffee House
By Marc Chavannes

On October 7, 2005 - 4:17pm The Maven said:

What do you bet that Bush never read the entire quote, or even that he was ever presented with it?

It's precisely from such simplistic truncations that greater misunderstanding s flow. And because Bush has repeatedly and proudly played up the idea that he is incurious, never wanting to wade into shades of gray when a stark black-and-white statement will do, we find ourselves getting into dangerous situations where more and more of the rest of the world will not support us. . . .

The least generous take would be that he's fully aware and just doesn't give a damn. . . .

On October 8, 2005 - 12:47am DJBaker1537 said: . . .

On this site and all over the liberal blogosphere, you see constant mention about what a complete idiot Mr. Bush is.  I actually cringe every time I see those comments, because one does not become President of the United States by being stupid.

What I do think Mr. Bush is, is ignorant and lacking of intellectual curiosity. . . .

On October 8, 2005 - 8:28am Purple State said: . . .

First, just about everything Bush says is designed to oversimplify issues, to turn every problem into a simple black and white problem where there is a clear right and a clear wrong, a clear good and a clear evil. . . . What's frustrating though, is that the world isn't really so simple, and sometimes oversimplifying leads to disasterous policy results. Effectively solving problems often requires an understanding of complexity. What I fear about Bush is that he may really believe his oversimplificati on--he's not just practicing effective rhetoric with a wink, he's actually misleading himself. This quickly becomes dangerous when he can't recognize or understand the realities and complexities of the world and therefore makes disasterous policy decisions.

Second, I agree that there is a distinction between stupidity and ignorance, but I think a lack of intellectual curiousity is one of the building blocks of stupidity. And when one has the opportunity of a Yale and Harvard education, as well as exposure to all the experiences that Bush has had exposure to, and still remains ignorant, then he is indeed also stupid.

September 2005

AEI - Short Publications
Bush Is Incurious and Dogmatic, but He Is Still the Right Leader
By David Frum
Posted: Tuesday, September 27, 2005
Financial Times (London)
Publication Date: September 27, 2005
Reprinted in The Financial Express October 10, 2005.

In a 2003 book about Mr. Bush, I offered this assessment of his personality: Mr. Bush is "a good man who is not a weak man. He is impatient, quick to anger; sometimes glib, even dogmatic, often uncurious, and as a result ill-informed . . . (but) outweighing the faults are his virtues: decency, honesty, rectitude, courage, and tenacity".

Town Hall Meeting on Iraq | TPMCafe
By JayAckroyd

On September 26, 2005 - 1:38pm DanielGree said:
I agree that the issue is not Bush's cynicism but his ignorance and his lack of curiosity. . . . Bush who has forever failed at everything and been bailed out by his father has never had to think critically about hard situations.

Bush & Media: Normalizing the Abnormal
By Robert Parry
September 21, 2005

In The Right Man, former White House speechwriter David Frum followed a similar pattern of praising Bush’s supposed leadership skills, while acknowledging Bush’s autocratic and anti-intellectual behavior.

Bush is “impatient and quick to anger; sometimes glib, even dogmatic; often uncurious and as a result ill informed; more conventional in his thinking than a leader probably should be,” Frum wrote.

Bush would describe environmentalists as “green-green lima beans” and built a White House staff with a “dearth of really high-powered brains,” Frum wrote. “One seldom heard an unexpected thought in the Bush White House or met someone who possessed unusual knowledge.”

Business Day - News Worth Knowing (South Africa)
Saturday, 17 September 2005
posted to the web on: 16 September 2005
Why incurious George made such heavy weather of Katrina
Tim Cohen

“Given that the Bush team has dealt with both Gulf crises, Iraq and Katrina, with the same deadly mixture of arrogance and incompetence, and a refusal to face reality, it’s frightening to think how it will handle the most demanding act of government domestic investment since the New Deal,” Dowd writes.

She calls Bush “incurious George”, a reference to a children’s book about a monkey called Curious George. One of Bush’s aides was forced to make a DVD of newscasts on the hurricane to show Bush as he flew down to the Gulf Coast. “The aides were scared to tell the isolated president that he should cut short his vacation by a couple of days,” Newsweek wrote, because he can be “cold and snappish in private”.

“Bush has said he prefers to get his information straight up from aides, rather than filtered through newspapers or newscasts. But he surrounds himself with weak sisters who don’t have the nerve to break bad news to him, or ideologues with agendas that require warping reality or chuckleheaded cronies,” Dowd comments.

It is true that Bush is incurious, but the problem does not only lie there.

The problem is a strand of venality that is visible only when the floodwaters part.

TPMCafe || Bush's Bullhorn Moment, Pt. 2
By BobcatJH
Sep 16, 2005 -- 12:11:33 AM EST [sic; probably EDT]

That Bush alienated both parties so thoroughly, so decisively, is a testament to his intellectual incuriosity, leadership deficiencies and political ineptitude.

Swing State Project: Katrina Proves Bush Failed New Orleans
Posted by: piedmontese at September 8, 2005 12:41 AM

Bush's academic career was completely undistinguished. But what makes him remarkable to me at least is his utter lack of curiosity about the world, then and now.

While his father had all those diplomatic posts, in China, the CIA, the UN, etc., he never once left the US to visit other nations. Compare that to another indifferent scholar, JFK, and you will see the difference.

This lack of curiosity by a president is truly unfortunate. He is, basically, medieval. Like a lot of substance abusers, he latches onto something (in this case born-again Christianity) because it offers him stability and certainty in a bewildering world.

Nuance and shades of gray are a tall order for him to handle.

The Oklahoma Daily Onlike Edition
Uncurious George sees the hurricane
Guest column
by Keith Gaddie
September 05, 2005
Keith Gaddie is a professor of political science at OU and was a resident of New Orleans from 1992 to 1996. The following is his initial reaction to some events surrounding the response to Hurricane Katrina.
Article doesn't call President Bush "uncurious" except in the title.

TPMCafe || Comments || It's time to play President now. No more jokes, say staff.
by jimbonita on Sep 03, 2005 -- 11:42:46 PM EST

He is incurious and not an expert at anything except being a political puppet - even there he's shown his weaknesses the past week.

August 2005

Herald.com | 08/31/2005 | Faith should not veto science
Also appeared in the Fort Wayne (Indiana) News-Sentinel 09/01/2005 and the Springfield (Missouri) News-Leader 09/03/2005.

This is what is so sad about the recent, contrived popularity of ''Intelligent Design,'' which holds that the natural world is so intricate that only an intelligent designer -- that is, God -- could have created it. Activists are demanding this psuedotheory be taught in public schools as an alternative to the theory of evolution. Incredibly, some school boards are considering it. More incredibly, President Bush endorses it -- placing the world's most powerful person squarely in the camp of the intellectually uncurious.

TPMCafe || Comments || How does Bush think?
Re: How does Bush think? (3.00 / 0) (#6)
by Rick B on Aug 29, 2005 -- 11:35:49 AM EST

Within the triumvirate I think his [Bush's] laziness and lack of curiosity take over and he simply lets Cheney and Rove do what they want to do while he continues his frat-boy glad-handing. . . .

In essence I see Bush as not using the power he has. He considers that as delegation and trust. He doesn't even realize that his laziness and lack of curiosity has led to his failed Presidency.

Hawaii Reporter - Hawaii Reporter
Bush's Balanced Life
By Todd Shelly, 8/26/2005 10:38:30 AM

With this incurious president, it is really difficult to see any evidence of mental stress. Al Qaeda? While vacationing in 2001, Bush apparently ignored the August 6th PDB (Presidential Daily Briefing) entitled "Bin Laden Determined to Strike in US," which even noted the possibility that commercial planes might be used as missiles. . . . Looking for any excuse to invade Iraq, Bush did not question the CIA's phony intelligence [sic] [in original] and eagerly accepted George Tenet's word (the now infamous "slam dunk") regarding Iraq's arsenal. . . . Energy plan? Being an oil man himself, it didn't take much thought to include federal subsidies to oil companies for continued exploration at the same time that these companies are reporting record profits. . . . Bush's religious zealotry likewise removes the need for any thought about abortion and intelligent design (his recent comments on the latter showing that, despite degrees from Yale and Harvard, Bush does not know how science functions).

BELLACIAO - The War of Error - jenn brodeur - Collective Bellaciao
Thursday 25th August 2005 (01h25)
The War of Error
by Manuel Valenzuela
Uncuriousgeorge.org disagrees with much of this bombastic article, which consists largely of unfounded leftist hyperbole passing for truth. This strident and militant text is as flawed as much of the Bush administration's War on Terror that it rightly criticizes.

The War of Error fails to understand the other side, or to confront it. . . .

The War of Error is a vicious cycle of unfettered fear, insecurity, violence and destruction. It is a product of an administration limited in knowledge and vision, common sense and history, understanding of culture and empathy for humankind. It was begun by a Commander in Chief possessing inalienable limitations of grey matter, incurious and unlearned of both people and planet, born into royalty lacking understanding of how billions see the world and with a myopic vision of delusion, fantasy and religious weak-mindedness. Throughout history easier battles and smaller wars have been lost by more able men.

AlterNet: MediaCulture: The 'Big Lie' on Bush's Nightstand
By Kir Slevin, AlterNet. Posted August 23, 2005.

Bush himself said in 2003 that he doesn't read newspapers. Even his former speechwriter David Frum called him "uncurious and as a result ill-informed."

BELLACIAO - GOOD REASONS WHY BUSH INVADED IRAQ - peter fredsib - Collective Bellaciao
Saturday 20th August 2005 (15h28):
By Peter Fredson


To practice secrecy and see how far lies, misinformation, deception, stealth, and preemption can take an incurious, manic, petulant, and irritable president to make a “legacy.”  . .

To scare Americans into accepting a petulant, irritable, incurious and irresponsible party boy as world leader of a moral crusade.

Guardian Unlimited | Special reports | Bookworm Bush's holiday reading
Jamie Wilson in Washington
Wednesday August 17, 2005

He is "often uncurious and as a result ill-informed", his former speechwriter David Frum wrote in his memoir, adding that "conspicuous intelligence seemed actively unwelcome in the Bush White House".

Ned Rice on The Left on National Review Online
August 08, 2005, 8:12 a.m.
So You Think You Can Nuance?
From Left to Right.

During the last presidential campaign we were endlessly reminded that John Kerry was the standard bearer of the Nuance People, whereas President Bush was the intellectually incurious, black-and-white, simplistic non-thinker who didn't appreciate life's shades of gray.

Truth Gathers In Dallas | BaltimoreChronicle.com
Baltimore Chronicle and Sentinel
COMMENTARY: Truth Gathers In Dallas
Crawford vs. Dallas is Fantasy vs. Reality
by Ward Reilly
August 5, 2005

Some of the veterans and "Gold Star" parents will even be dropping by "unCurious George's" house, for some of that home-style BBQ and good-ole-boy troop support.

July 2005

The Cornell American - Supreme Incuriosity
Published on: Tuesday, July 26 @ 08:25:36 CDT.
This item is also referenced in Uncurious media

I don’t mind that George Bush is not a particularly intellectually curious man. (I supported his candidacy because he cut my taxes, not because he understands how to estimate labor supply elasticities.)

Femme La Guerre: Vietnam, part II
Monday, July 18, 2005

The parallel to Vietnam is a wide one: it's about a lack of humility, a lack of understanding, a lack of curiosity, and a severe lack of imagination. . . .

-Chris Bauman
U.S. Army 1991-1995
Somalia, Haiti
7/18/2005 12:27 PM

Daily Kos: NYC Finds Bush Too Embarrassing To Represent City
by RonZ
Sat Jul 2nd, 2005 at 03:58:14 PDT

On the bright side, if Olympic competitions existed for stupidity, incuriousity, cronyism or just plain assholity, Bush would bring home a record number of gold medals.

June 2005

Salt Lake Tribune - Entertainment
June 17, 2005
Author Dowd bringing her acerbic wit to Utah
Sundance resort: She's at work on a new book, "Are Men Necessary?" Her column resumes in July
By Brandon Griggs

For Dowd, writing the book has been a refreshing break from bashing President Bush - she calls him the "Boy Emperor" and "incurious George" - over the Iraq War, his embrace of the religious right and other topics.

May 2005

Amazon Online Reader : The Plot Against Social Security: How the Bush Plan Is Endangering Our Financial Future
The Plot Against Social Security: How the Bush Plan Is Endangering Our Financial Future
by Michael A. Hiltzik
HarperCollins (May 31, 2005)

To his [Treasury Secretary Paul O’Neill’s] bemusement, Bush brushed him off, as though he couldn’t be bothered to waste time on the details since he had already expressed his commitment to privatization. O’Neill tried not to let Bush’s incuriousness faze him.

Why Oh Why Are We Ruled by These Liars? (George W. Bush Smirks Edition)
May 26, 2005

actually, i think it's impossible to know what bush "knows." The most common characteristic that insiders have described is a profound uncuriousness; it's hard to square that trait with a man with actual knowledge as opposed to rhetorical skills.

indymedia.us :: Bush Comedy as Primary Political Strategy
Steven Leser , May 05, 2005 @ 13:20 GMT

Bush's poll numbers start falling early in his second term, so the first family trots out Laura to try and divert our attention from a poorly planned war, weakened economy and a troglodytic intellectually non-curious President with a cabinet as a matching set.

April 2005

Seattle Weekly: News: U.S. to Earth: Drop Dead by Knute Berger
April 20 - 26, 2005

[Benjamin] Franklin is a great American icon. In addition to embodying American inventiveness and entrepreneurship, he stands as an enlightened example of the power of curiosity. Unfortunately, that also stands in stark contrast with America's attitude toward the world in general, as exemplified by our leader, Incurious George Bush.

On Being Smart and Lazy by Bob Wallace
April 4, 2005

George Bush is not a stupid man, but he doesn't use his brains. Even David Frum, himself close to an intellectual midget, accurately described Bush as "incurious." Since Bush doesn't use his brains, he is stupid.

March 2005

The Hamilton Speculator: Bush to end world hunger by feeding world even more bullshit

In yet another innane announcement from the leader of our hapless neighbors to the south, president George “Dubya” Bush has once again proven his idiotic, unnuanced, non-curious, and downright stupid understanding of the planet he lives on. In a press conference from the White House yesterday afternoon, Bush announced that he was going to single-handedly fight world hunger by continuing “the good progress” that the U.S. has been making in their ass-banging campaign against terra-ism.

uncurious george doesn't get it - Retirement
Posted: Sun Mar 13, 2005 6:31 am
Social Security Events Belie U.S. Feeling
Uncurious George appears only in the subject applied later to the AP story.

February 2005

Democratic Underground Forums - Being lectured by George W. Bush
Tue Feb-22-05 10:03 PM

I ask myself: am I supposed to accept that this ridiculous, laughable, comic-book character, this man of no depth, insight or intellectual curiosity somehow has the c[r]edibility to come here and EXPLAIN to us [Europeans] what "democracy" is?

Tue Feb-22-05 10:24 PM
Response to Original message
13. Well to hear the American press tell it

All you are in love with our little chimp and taking your new vows, en masse, to dedicate your lives to Jerry Fallwell and worship the American eagle at the alter of non-curious george (the second).

Lincoln Unvarnished -- In These Times
February 10, 2005
By Phyllis Eckhaus

Last month, in his inauguration speech, George W. Bush brazenly assumed the mantle of the Great Emancipator, quoting Abraham Lincoln while declaring world war in the name of human liberty. Clearly the elastic Lincoln icon can be stretched in startling ways, when the example of Honest Abe, an eloquent autodidact of backwoods birth, can be appropriated by our current president, a legendarily incurious stumbling patrician prevaricator.

January 2005

Daily Kos :: Political Analysis and other daily rants on the state of the nation.
They didn't gerrymander Iraq! Shame on them.
by peeder
Sat Jan 8th, 2005 at 16:52:50 PST

There is, of course, some difference between a plan and its implementation, and the best efforts of the UN under ridiculous demands from the Bushies and the Iraqis to make suggestions would never be able to withstand the singular impudence and dogmatism of Rumsfeld, nor the sniffing attitude of Rice, nor the imperious incuriosity of Bush, nor the rancor of Dick Cheney, nor the rah-rah go-git-em of the Rethugs in Congress and their RWCM marching band.

why uncurious george admires putin - Retirement
Personal Finance: PFtalk.com
Posted: Wed Jan 05, 2005 3:47 am
Post subject: why uncurious george admires putin
by arthur wouk

he does exactly what uncurious george does - shoots the messenger. but putin might actually use bullets!

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