Setting a Low Bar

SETTING A LOW BAR….I see that Steve Benen had the same reaction to George Bush’s Sunday night speech that I did:

Talk about your soft bigotry of low expectations, Bush won praise for acknowledging that the “work has been especially difficult in Iraq,” and for recognizing that there are a more than a few Americans who disapprove of his handling of the war. It’s as if there was an expectation that the president would, once again, tell us how great everything in Iraq is, facts be damned. It’s frustrating; we seem to have reached a point in which the president’s willingness to concede a few obvious facts is so unusual, it’s literally front-page news.

Yes, it’s remarkable. Even the slightest deviation from the usual White House happy talk is now cause for headline writers to rejoice. We sure don’t expect much from this guy, do we?