Tanking polls, Constitutional scandals, outrageously corrupt party members, ... what's a sitting U.S. president to do? Hey ... bright shiny thing!
Saying the country is on the verge of technological breakthroughs that would "startle" most Americans, President George W. Bush on Monday outlined his energy proposals to help wean the country off foreign oil.
And why is this so incredibly important?
Less than half the crude oil used by refineries is produced in the United States, while 60 per cent comes from foreign countries, Bush said during the first stop on a two-day trip to talk about energy.
Um ... right. And we all know how concerned Commander Chimpy is with the U.S.'s dependence on foreign oil, don't we?
Cue traditional media dutifully falling into line and repeating White House spin. My God, it almost makes you wish for coverage of a missing white woman, doesn't it?
BY THE WAY, no political motivations here, no way. From that original article:
On Tuesday, Bush plans to visit the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colo., to talk about speeding the development of biofuels.
Yeah ... about that NREL:
On the eve of a presidential visit to a renewable energy lab in Colorado, the Department of Energy said it has transferred $5 million to the operation, which had funding cut and employees laid off this month due to budget shortfalls.
U.S. Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman transferred the money over the weekend to restore jobs at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado, according to a department news release.
Just a coincidence. Yeah, that's the ticket. Just a coincidence.