A Little Something to Fight the Poison

Friday, April 09, 2004
COINCIDENCE? Even in my current state of blog neglect, I couldn't miss the following amazing alignment of numbers. First from the Washington Post:
This is Bush's 33rd visit to his ranch since becoming president. He has spent all or part of 233 days on his Texas ranch since taking office, according to a tally by CBS News. Adding his 78 visits to Camp David and his five visits to Kennebunkport, Maine, Bush has spent all or part of 500 days in office at one of his three retreats, or more than 40 percent of his presidency.
Hey, haven't we seen one of those numbers somewhere else? Oh, right:
"U.S. intelligence services simply knew too little about al Qaeda's plans, [Rice] lamented. And the inability of the FBI and CIA to work together on terrorism had been a chronic problem, left unfixed for years.

"We were there 233 days" before the attacks, she said.
I wonder how many of those days Bush actually spent at work?

Max Weber wrote a famous essay on the ethos of responsibility that the grave obligations of public office require, which he titled, "Politics as a Vocation". The Bush Administration's understanding of responsibility is a lot closer to "Politics as a Vacation."