Contrasting realities

George W. Bush delivered an address. Nobel Prize winner and columnist, Paul Krugman, offered six paragraphs, some very brief. One is genuine, the other asinine and self-serving and sanctimonious. The one reflects the worthy act of remembrance by civilians of any number of occasions; the other telling, as so often, of an inability to rise to the level of fellow citizens of true worth. The one transcends anxiety, the other wallows in his own vanity. Remarkable it is that the one was reviled with what often seemed like deranged passion; and that the other is highly honoured and continues to offer advice already and so often found wanting. But as Dubya said, that’s daily life in a democracy.

Update: Donald Rumsfeld responds.

Update 2: The Wall Street Journal‘s James Taranto sticks it to ‘im!

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