George Bush, to author Paul Draper for his book Dead Certain:
"I’ve got God’s shoulder to cry on. And I cry a lot … I do a lot of crying in this job. I’ll bet I’ve shed more tears than you can count, as president. I’ll shed some tomorrow."
I’m with Paul Begala on this one:
[F]orgive me if I don’t join in his pity party. The tears he shed are nothing compared to the tears of the moms and the dads and the wives of — of the men and women who have been killed in combat because of this god-awful war that I believe and most Americans believe that he lied us into. It’s a really unseemly thing for him to be whining about how hard he’s got it.
Rude Pundit too:
It’s such a manipulative, bullshit thing for Bush to say, too. Like a white guy who says, "Nigger" and then talks about how he’s got black friends. How are we supposed to react, huh? "Oh, shit, he’s not so bad ’cause he cries? How can anyone hate a grown man who admits that he weeps on the invisible shoulder of a magical sky wizard?" Not that he’d give a happy monkey fuck how we react, ’cause, see, Bush says repeatedly to Draper, he doesn’t listen to polls: "I understand you can’t let polls tell you what to think."
I think that’s the difference between Clinton and Bush. Clinton felt our pain; Bush wants us to understand his pain.