…of hearing from the Bushies how hard it is to run the country. As Harry Truman noted, if you can’t take the heat, stay out of the kitchen. It’s not like they didn’t know what they were in for from Bush I, or, for that matter, from watching re-runs of The West Wing on Bravo. But that doesn’t keep them from whining. From the Washington Post:
Andrew H. Card Jr. wakes at 4:20 in the morning, shows up at the White House an hour or so later, convenes his senior staff at 7:30 and then proceeds to a blur of other meetings that do not let up until long after the sun sets. He gets home at 9 or 10 at night and sometimes fields phone calls until 11 p.m. Then he gets up and does it all over again.
Of all the reasons that President Bush is in trouble these days, not to be overlooked are inadequate REM cycles. Like chief of staff Card, many of the president’s top aides have been by his side nonstop for more than five years, not including the first campaign, recount and transition. This is a White House, according to insiders, that is physically and emotionally exhausted, battered by scandal and drained by political setbacks.
The succession of crisis after crisis has taken its toll. Some in the White House sound frazzled. While there are few stories of aides nodding off in meetings, some duck outside during the day so the fresh air will wake them up. “We’re all burned out,” said one White House official who did not want to be named for fear of angering superiors. “People are just tired.”
If being tired is their excuse for trashing the budget surplus, starting a war, stomping on a variety of civil rights, waging religious war on women and queers, and generally pissing off every ally, these guys have been tired since the day they took office.