Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Bush is unwilling to alter his political communication for different audiences. He is no good at Tatemae. Paying Clintonian lip service to Europe gives the impression of "listening" as all these Guardependent editorials...require. I'm willing to consider this may be a weakness. On the other hand, conflicting signals about our commitment to an aggressive war on terrorism (No Iraq plan on his desk? Hardly.) might make Europe feel better, but imperils Bush with the folks who actually vote for him back home. It may take a better (and less sincere) communicator than Bush to be tough for the core audience yet make potential coalition partners feel sufficiently mollycoddled.
The Norwegian parliamentarians obviously love him, and so much so that probably only his self love exceeds theirs. Well, except for the Onion-- they think pretty highly of him too.
So in their mind, it would be a merit to tell different groups of people different things, in order that everyone agree with you. I learned in Second Grade that is called Lying. And now it is called Nobel Prize winning.