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highbrow/lowbrow: The Sectarian Violence Ate My Homework
Wednesday, November 29, 2006
Written by Joe Justice at 8:54 PM

W. is the failing student too desperate to study on his own and too incurious to dig in and earn the A+ like a person of character.

Vegacura: "You never know where you are going to end"
Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Anyway, read the entire article. It's a riveting story of an intentionally dysfunctional White House, an incurious yet rigid president, a maniacal VP, a self-absorbed Def. Sec., and the assorted bunglars they put in positions of semi-authority, while all the while an "interagency" looking on in horror.

$500 Million for the Bush Presidential Library? « From the Left
November 28, 2006

What on earth could possibly justify spending $500 million dollar on a presidential library for the incurious and unaccomplished George Bush and what would they put in it?

The Blog | Arianna Huffington: Bush's $500 Million Library: Shouldn't We Know Who His "Megadonors" Are? | The Huffington Post

The idea of Uncurious George building a $500 million shrine to his disastrous presidency is the political equivalent of a whoopee cushion; a veritable laff riot.

JournalStar.com - Lincoln, Nebraska - Sunday Am
'Fiasco' details foreign policy failure in Iraq that will haunt us for years
BY CHARLES STEPHEN / For the Lincoln Journal Star
Sunday, Nov 26, 2006 - 12:14:00 am CST
(“Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq” by Thomas E. Ricks, The Penguin Press, 482 pages, $27.95.)
Charles Stephen is co-host of "All About Books," heard weekly on NET Radio.

While Ricks is critical of the strangely incurious George Bush, the book is not an assault on the president.

Pensacolians have many ideas on better ways to pick a president | Local News | PensacolaNewsJournal.com
Published - November, 26, 2006
Mark O'Brien

Bush may have graduated from Yale University and Harvard Business School, but he strikes them as unaware -- "Incurious George," as wags call him.

Center for International Policy
Time to sweep away secrecy and corruption
By Jim Mullins
[Originally appeared in] South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Friday, November 24, 2006

Accountability needs to be shared with the neocons whose long-held ideology of dominance and control of the world's resources crossed paths with an uncurious president with little knowledge of world affairs and historic events, but a burning ambition for a legacy as a great wartime leader and commander in chief.

digg - Saudi girl gang raped, looks for justice, and gets lashing punishment inst

Bush hypocrisy on display as farcical nature of Saudi judicial system revealed. But where is incurious George? Silent when it comes to his oil buddies.

Sententiae: What to make of Bush?
23 November 2006

He is not stupid by any means – but he is intellectually incurious and detached, sometimes to a puzzling, even frightening, degree.

Shakespeare's Sister
Bubbly Goodness
| posted by Shakespeare's Sister | Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Steve [Benen] wonders why on earth Bush ever wanted to be a world leader "despite having little to no interest in the world," something about which I’ve professed deep and abiding perplexity on many occasions myself. His indifference, sometimes spilling to outright contempt, for "the world" is not limited just to cultures different from his own (including the vast and wonderful myriad subcultures in America), but certainly appears to encompass an apathy toward people to whom he cannot immediately relate, either. He’s so resolutely incurious that difference, that intangible thing that drives most people to passionate inquisitiveness or zealous hatred, doesn’t interest him at all.

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Americans have now learned- at a minimum cost of 2,865 American dead (as of November 16, 2006), tens of thousands (hundreds of thousands?) Iraqi dead, $300 billion dollars and mounting, the total destruction of worldwide goodwill towards America which existed immediately after the 9-11-01 attacks, and the erosion of our national security as we inflame and energize jihadists the world over- the price of electing as president a man who is ignorant of history, untraveled, incurious, unanalytical, and unreceptive to news which does not comport with preconceived notions.

Power is not only an aphrodisiac, it does weird things to some of us
San Francisco Chronicle
Vicki Haddock, Insight Staff Writer
Sunday, November 19, 2006

Journalist Bob Woodward tells an instructive story about President Bush in his new book "State of Denial." Gen. Jay Garner, the outgoing chief of post-war planning in Iraq, had determined that the United States was making three big, tragic mistakes, including disbanding the Iraqi army. He met with Bush intending to lay it on the line, and instead ended up telling the intellectually incurious president that he is positively beloved in Iraq, while Bush jokes about how perhaps his next assignment will be the invasion of Iran.

Raising Kaine
RE: Good catch Eric
by: JPTERP @ Sat Nov 18, 2006 at 13:58:34 PM EST

I don't think G.W. is necessarily dumb, but I do think he displays a level of intellectual incuriousness that is truly dangerous . . . .

Notes from the Charcoal Moon
Thursday, November 16, 2006
Taking a Deep Breath

In 2004 I was incredulous that America could re-elect incurious George.

Finding a moderate touch - Opinion
The Daily Texan
By Sid Mahanta

The administration represents an unquestioning, uncurious, anti-intellectualism reflected in its constituency - our politics reflect who we are and who we choose to be.

Yellow wings: Introducing Uncurious George! A Cartoon with Chinese Characteristics!
November 15
7:17 AM
A play about Josef Stalin and Uncurious George

BrickBurner.org: Cindy Sheehan: Incurious George Goes to Vietnam
Cindy Sheehan
November 15, 2006

George is leaving for an Asian trip today which includes a visit to Vietnam for an economic summit. In his entire life of theoretically being in the service during the Vietnam conflict, having a father that was actively involved in politics, and being president for almost six years, this will, incredibly, be the first time that he has visited that country.

Hirsh: Iraq Is Hopeless, But Not Afghanistan - Newsweek Michael Hirsh - MSNBC.com
All the King's Horses...
It's too late for Jim Baker, Nancy Pelosi or anyone else to put this Humpty Dumpty back together again. But if Iraq is hopeless, there’s still time for Afghanistan.
By Michael Hirsh
Updated: 11:45 a.m. PT Nov 14, 2006

It is the story of this administration, of course: the inability to adjust prefixed ideas to reality, embodied in an incurious president who is unable to get on top of a problem because he doesn’t follow up on details.

Still looking for a ring to kiss « The Opinion Mill
November 13th, 2006

It’s just that the acclaim of the courtiers is being transferred from Incurious George to — and here’s the strangeness — his dad.

Iain Dale's Diary: Andrew Sullivan on Dubya
Sunday, November 12, 2006

The only thing that Andrew [Sullivan] misses is Cheney who is the yang to the yin of Rumsfeld. Those two collectively promoted empty reasoning and governing madness that failed to offer the intellectually non curious president many options as to how he should govern. If I wrote a book on the Bush Presidency my title would be "The Echo Chamber" with a picture of Rumsfeld and Cheney briefing the President.

Clemsy's Corner: Light at the End of the Tunnel (and a few quotes)
Saturday, November 11, 2006

We cannot tolerate a glib, dogmatic, uncurious, ill informed, conventional thinker as Commander in Chief in a time of war. President Bush . . . is simply a man in a position for which he is unqualified.

Diatribes of Jay: Benching the Star Quarterback
posted by jay @ Saturday, November 11, 2006

When a president serves as coach and is as uninvolved in details and intellectually incurious as this one, his choice of players is absolutely critical.

November 11, 2006 at 09:28:01
by Thomas L. Walsh

The neo-cons who captured the minds and hearts of Cheney and Rumsfeld, who in turn manipulated Mr. Bush's incurious mind with their irrational philosophy of world hegemony, have proved completely and utterly wrong on virtually every position they have taken.

Rants From The Rookery: Relentless optimism
Saturday, November 11, 2006
posted by ellroon at 8:27 AM

Otherwise known as staying the course because he never bothered to learn where the brake was, Bush plows ahead. He's going on a trip to them ferrin countries over there. . . .

On your trip, remember what you've learned, Georgie:
"Bush had started the exchange by noting, absurdly, that, "This is your neighborhood, doesn't take you long to get home." Uh, yeah, incurious George, sure thing. Never mind that St. Petersburg is in Europe, on Russia's northwestern corner, due north of Turkey, and Beijing is on the eastern edge of mainland Asia."

William Rivers Pitt: A Deep, Deep Breath
truthout | Perspective
November 9, 2006
Thursday 09 November 2006
Also appeared in Scoop Independent News (New Zealand) Friday, 10 November 2006.

George W. Bush remains an incurious front man whose very existence in that seat of power will stand as a constant threat to the safety and security of this nation and the world entire.

Endless Football Season: A Note To The New Congressional Leadership

You won the election. You made the team. But you haven't won anything, apart from the chance to fix what the republican congressional leadership has allowed our arrogant, childish and incurious President to screw up over the last six years.

Synaps: Current Issue
Nov 9, 2006 | vol. 51, no. 9
Two New Books Examine Iraq Fiasco
By Tim Neagle

State of Denial
Bush at War, Part III
By Bob Woodward
Simon & Schuster

The American Military Adventure in Iraq
By Thomas E. Ricks
Penguin Press

And what to make of the man at the head of the administration? In the words of one reviewer, Woodward paints Bush as a “passive, impatient, sophomoric and intellectually incurious leader, presiding over a grossly dysfunctional war cabinet ...”

The Kalamazoo Post: Subpoenas: the time has come
Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Nothing would warm the cockles of my heart more than seeing Turd Blossom Rove, Darth Cheney and Incurious George sweating it out in House hearings trying to explain what the hell they have been doing the past 6 years.

Orlando Sentinel - Movies and the election by Roger Moore
Posted on Nov 8, 2006 8:45:09 AM

Did American Dreamz contribute to the view that a sitting president is out of touch, incurious, and something of a klutz, further undermining the right wing media's efforts to crown Bush "the New Churchill?'

. . . almost certainly not.

calexical: How many nerdy parties do you think are going on in Washington right about now?
calexical wrote,
@ 2006-11-08 23:42:00

Once he's won, he coasts. Which means he never understands why there are hostile crowds, and is never forced to hone his arguments, his opinions, or his instincts in front of people who will tear at the slightest chink in them, and is never motivated to really lead, in anything. He's terminally uncurious, the value of the Presidency is that it is difficult to obtain, not the opportunities it presents.

TBogg - "...a somewhat popular blogger"
Tuesday, November 07, 2006

With this election the Democrats will probably take over the House and make a dent in the Senate, but not so much that it will stop George Bush from doing what he damn well pleases because we're at "war", and he has people who will go to bat for him saying that the Constitution is not a suicide pact while in the background we'll see Uncurious George juggling flaming torches in a room rapidly filling with gas.

NO QUARTER: Military Newspapers Editorial "Scathing"
Monday, 06 November 2006

Bush hired Rumsfeld, ceded interaction and decision-making to Dick Cheney, and has allowed both men to run amuck while he has maintained an incurious detachment and a grotesquely oversimplified view of international diplomacy and conflict, unaided by knowledge or even the benefit of a moment's doubt (which is usually followed by hard-hitting questions and illuminating, mentally exercising analysis).

Book Review: A portrait of Bush as the victim of his own certitude (International Herald Tribune) by Home security equipment
Mon, 06 Nov 2006 04:02:47 -0600

In Bob Woodward's highly anticipated new book, "State of Denial," President George W. Bush emerges as a passive, impatient and intellectually incurious leader, presiding over a grossly dysfunctional war cabinet.

News: Time to bring back the military draft
St. Petersbug (Florida) Times
By BILL MAXWELL, Times Staff Writer
Published November 5, 2006
Reprinted November 6, 2006, in Capitol Hill Blue as Time to start feeling a draft again.

I was inspired to return to this subject because of the furor John Kerry created the other day when, while addressing students in Los Angeles, he lamely joked about George W. Bush's incuriosity and intellectual deficits, saying, "Education, if you make the most of it, you study hard, you do your homework and you make an effort to be smart, you can do well. If you don't, you get stuck in Iraq."

Gift of gaffe not new to Bush camp - Newsday.com
Les Payne
November 5, 2006

(Perhaps I should say here that Kerry said a dumb thing and should have immediately made clear to the troops that it was not them but rather Bush who was the intended butt of his lame joke about a lazy, incurious student who got the United States needlessly bogged down in Iraq.)

The Original Above The Border Line: Mark Green's "The Book on Bush"

The Book on Bush reveals a president who, while determinedly uninformed, uncurious, and unyielding, is messianic in pursuing the goals of his three leading constituencies: the religious right, big business and neoconservatives.

Isn't this election really about Bush?
The Daily Astorian
Astoria, Oregon

If you have dipped into Bob Woodward's highly documented State of Denial, you know that President Bush is notable for his lack of curiosity. On many occasions when high-level Americans or Iraqis were brought from Iraq to the White House for a one-on-one visit with Bush, the president failed to probe with questions. Moreover, anyone who is skeptical about the president's policy is not invited back.

Lacking curiosity, President Bush has become the captive of his closest aides and cabinet members. All the president knows is the latest recycled conventional wisdom those subordinates choose to reinforce.

In an era when the Internet is supposed to overwhelm conventional information delivery systems, this election is awash in an old fashioned medium, namely books. Bob Woodward's is but one of a slew of books about the Iraq War and the Bush administration. Bush would not dare consult those works. He's proudly said he doesn't read the newspapers. John F. Kennedy read the newspapers and he even read JFK: The Man and the Myth a Critical Portrait, by Victor Lasky.

There were clues, years ago, to Bush's lack of curiosity. Here was a man whose father was head of the CIA and vice president, but the son barely had traveled outside the U.S. until becoming president. One cannot be president of this nation in 2006 without some first-hand knowledge of the globe and other cultures. . . .

That president who consistently exhibited curiosity - the Republican Theodore Roosevelt - must be looking down in scorn at this Yale graduate who has failed to ask the most elemental questions.

Martini Republic » Jean Kerry is a fathead. And French
November 2nd, 2006

Bush may be intellectually torpid, incurious, and utterly incompetent, but he mimics the hoi polloi faux-Texan frat boy with ease.

Just Jake: Fraternity house president ruining America
Thursday, November 02, 2006

A New York Times book reviewer, commenting on Bob Woodward’s new book, “State of Denial”: “Bush emerges as a passive, impatient, sophomoric and intellectually incurious leader.”

Kerry and Bush: The Joke's on Us | BaltimoreChronicle.com
Baltimore Chronicle
November 2, 2006

Kerry himself was right in character. He clearly didn't write his own joke, and was too slow-witted to get the joke he was supposed to deliver, which reportedly was that if students didn't work and study hard might end up someday being ignorant incurious leaders like President Bush, and getting the country into another mess like Iraq.

Amazon.com: Reviews for State of Denial: Bush at War, Part III: Books: Bob Woodward
Third Time's a Charm, November 2, 2006
Reviewer: Doginfollow (Seattle, WA USA)

But in this volume Bush comes across as an incurious, inept ideologue, whose unwavering faith in his own course passes the tipping point into self-delusion.

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