The jerk in chief

President Bush has a reputation as a cutup you'd like to have a beer with. But he made a 13-year-old girl cry today.

By Joan Walsh
July 12, 2007 12:45AM (UTC)
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Here's that great Bush sense of humor in action. According to the Washington Times, 13-year-old Jessica Hackerd from Brecksville, Ohio, had a question for the president.

"Mr. President, I know immigration has been a big problem in the U.S. And what is your next step with the immigration bill?" she asked Bush after a speech in Cleveland.

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Bush's sarcastic "Yeah, thanks" provoked chuckles from the crowd, but moved young Jessica to tears. "No, it's a great question. No, I appreciate that," Bush said, but the damage was done.

Jessica told reporters she was crying because she was so nervous, but when Bush's sarcasm was mentioned she noted: "I heard that too."

Bush then talked about the death of his proposed immigration reform, while Jessica continued to wipe away tears for several minutes.

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You can read the whole thing here. Boy, is Bush's hostile, dry-drunk, nickname-giving faux alpha male act getting old.


Joan Walsh

Joan Walsh is the author of "What's the Matter With White People: Finding Our Way in the Next America."

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