The George W. Bush 'What Me Worry?' Quiz

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1.

During the summer of 2001 when repeated urgent warnings of impending terrorist attacks reached the White House, the response from George W. Bush was to:

a.

instruct all defense and security agencies to be on high alert to protect the American people.

b.

do a "What Me Worry?" and let things ride while taking the precaution of sleeping on a U.S. aircraft carrier at the G-8 Summit off Genoa, Italy in July and then taking a one-month retreat to his ranch in Crawford, Texas in August while his Cabinet avoided commercial flights in favor of private jet travel.

2.

When the Taliban in Afghanistan offered to turn over Osama Bin Laden to the U.S. in the fall 2001 if evidence were provided of his involvement in the 9/11 attacks, the response of George W. Bush was to:

a.

immediately work with the Afghan government to provide the evidence as a better solution than a war in which hundreds of American soldiers would die.

b.

do a "What Me Worry?" and refuse to provide the requested evidence or pursue the matter at all.

3.

After pledging to bring Osama Bin Laden in "dead or alive," George W. Bush:

a.

pressed his advantage with sufficient U.S. troops when Bin Laden was cornered in Tora Bora.

b.

did a "What Me Worry?" and allowed Bin Laden to escape.

4.

After the oil company UNOCAL failed to get concessions from the Taliban government in Afghanistan prior to 2001, the response from George W. Bush in 2002 was to:

a.

oversee free elections in Afghanistan and not interfere in the sovereign nation of Afghanistan’s dealings with UNOCAL.

b.

do a "What Me Worry?" and oversee the installation of former UNOCAL employees Hamid Karzai as prime minister and Zalmay Khalizad as ambassador to Afghanistan.

5.

When Saddam Hussein made feelers through Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak’s son about the possibility of going in to exile prior to the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq, the reaction of George W. Bush was to:

a.

pursue this behind-the-scenes appeal to avoid a war in which thousands of American soldiers would likely be killed.

b.

do a "What Me Worry?" and refuse to consider the idea at all.

6.

In the build-up to the invasion of Iraq in March 2003, George W. Bush:

a.

conscientiously sought information from the C.I.A., D.I.A., State Department, and I.A.E.A. in determining the likelihood of WMDs and other such vital concerns.

b.

did a "What Me Worry?" and based his conclusions on information from the discredited “Curveball” and Ahmad Chalabi, the convicted embezzler.

7.

Given the on-going unpopularity of the U.S. among many former allies that has developed in the last five years, George W. Bush:

a.

has bent over backwards to show respect to these countries’ customs and traditions.

b.

did a "What Me Worry?" and in defiance of Canadian law barred Members of the Canadian Parliament from entering their own building.

8.

To further shore up good feelings with allies, George W. Bush:

a.

made a point of leaving everything in perfect order upon his departure from a visit to England in 2003.

b.

did a "What Me Worry?" and trashed Buckingham Palace leaving the Queen furious over the thousands of dollars worth of damage he and his entourage left behind.

9.

As Texas governor, George W. Bush signed a law which allowed hospitals to withdraw life support from patients over the objections of the family. So when the Terri Schiavo case became a Republican rallying point, George W. Bush:

a.

as a man of principled convictions stood by his previous view and vetoed the special bill passed by the Republican controlled Congress.

b.

did a "What Me Worry?" and made a special flightu2014interrupting his vacationu2014from his Crawford ranch to Washington to sign the bill so he could grandstand on the issue.

10.

As a man of resolve who stands by his principles, George W. Bush:

a.

declared himself a "war president" as a means of getting to the heart of his presidency.

b.

did a "What Me Worry?" after calling himself a war president for two years declaring himself a "peace president" as the election approached only to revert back to calling himself a "war president" when the "peace president" line didn’t seem to be working for him.

11.

Since the First Amendment guarantees Americans freedom of speech, George W. Bush:

a.

followed the pattern of all previous presidents and did not interfere with people’s protests at his campaign rallies.

b.

did a "What Me Worry?" and restricted dissentersu2014and dissenters, onlyu2014to "free speech" zones out of the sight of the president and the media covering the rallies.

12.

In 2003 when the Iranian government contacted the U.S. offering to stop funding Hezbollah and give up its nuclear program in exchange for security guarantees and normalized relations, the response of George W. Bush was to:

a.

take this remarkable opportunity to engage the Iranians on these matters.

b.

do a "What Me Worry?" and ignore the offer and admonish the Swiss diplomats for delivering it.

13.

When George W. Bush finds himself confronted by unpleasant facts his practice has been to:

a.

put a lot of thought into the issue and request informed input to help in finding the best way to deal with such facts.

b.

do a "What Me Worry?" and dismiss the concept of "facts" itself, dismissively declaring them to be irrelevant as the administration is now able to create its own reality.

14.

When the McCain-Feingold Finance Campaign Reform Bill was presented for the President’s signature, George W. Bush:

a.

declared the bill to be unconstitutional and vetoed it right then and there.

b.

did a "What Me Worry?" and signed the bill into law after declaring it to be an unconstitutional violation of the First Amendment all despite the oath he had sworn to uphold the Constitution.

15.

When the transportation bill made its way to his desk for signature in 2005, George W. Bush:

a.

reiterated his 2003 stance of fighting pork barrel legislation.

b.

did a "What Me Worry?" and declared that the $286 billion bill loaded with more than 6,000 pet projects made him proud to sign the bill.

16.

To garner positive news coverage for his policies, George W. Bush:

a.

worked hard at cultivating positive relations with the media.

b.

did a "What Me Worry?" and planted a fake journalist in the White House press corps to ask softball questions of the president during otherwise contentious news conferences.

17.

As a further attempt at garnering positive news coverage for his policies, George W. Bush:

a.

pledged to answer any and all questions from news reporters honestly.

b.

did a "What Me Worry?" and oversaw secret payments from the Education Department to Armstrong Williams to promote his education policies.

18.

When Congress called for a full independent investigation of the 9/11 tragedy to prepare the U.S. against future terrorist attacks, the reaction of George W. Bush was to:

a.

support the effort and pledge to fully cooperate with the investigating committee.

b.

do a "What Me Worry?" and first refuse the request, then under pressure agree to an investigation of a limited nature only, then appoint Condi Rice underling Phillip Zelikow to effectively investigate himself.

19.

After more than six years in office and more than four years at war, the George W. Bush administration:

a.

ensured that the best medical care was provided for soldiers wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan.

b.

did a "What Me Worry?" and oversaw a decline in the standards at Walter Reed Army Medical Center for wounded soldiers all the way down to the level of "unacceptable".

20.

When wounded and injured American troops returned to the U.S. from Afghanistan and Iraq, the reaction of George W. Bush was to:

a.

ensure that the troops were treated with respect and dignity until their wounds could heal and rehabilitate them to other military service or civilian life.

b.

was to do a "What Me Worry?" and ship the still affected troops back into action to shore up the numbers on duty in Iraq.

The answer in each case is b. the “What Me Worry?” response.

1.

During the summer of 2001 when repeated urgent warnings of impending terrorist attacks reached the White House, the response from George W. Bush was to:

a.

instruct all defense and security agencies to be on high alert to protect the American people.

b.

do a "What Me Worry?" and let things ride while taking the precaution of sleeping on a U.S. aircraft carrier at the G-8 Summit off Genoa, Italy in July and then taking a one-month retreat to his ranch in Crawford, Texas in August while his Cabinet avoided commercial flights in favor of private jet travel.

2.

When the Taliban in Afghanistan offered to turn over Osama Bin Laden to the U.S. in the fall 2001 if evidence were provided of his involvement in the 9/11 attacks, the response of George W. Bush was to:

a.

immediately work with the Afghan government to provide the evidence as a better solution than a war in which hundreds of American soldiers would die.

b.

do a "What Me Worry?" and refuse to provide the requested evidence or pursue the matter at all.

3.

After pledging to bring Osama Bin Laden in "dead or alive," George W. Bush:

a.

pressed his advantage with sufficient U.S. troops when Bin Laden was cornered in Tora Bora.

b.

did a "What Me Worry?" and allowed Bin Laden to escape.

4.

After the oil company UNOCAL failed to get concessions from the Taliban government in Afghanistan prior to 2001, the response from George W. Bush in 2002 was to:

a.

oversee free elections in Afghanistan and not interfere in the sovereign nation of Afghanistan’s dealings with UNOCAL.

b.

do a "What Me Worry?" and oversee the installation of former UNOCAL employees Hamid Karzai as prime minister and Zalmay Khalizad as ambassador to Afghanistan.

5.

When Saddam Hussein made feelers through Egyptian president Hosni

Mubarak’s son about the possibility of going in to exile prior to the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq, the reaction of George W. Bush was to:

a.

pursue this behind-the-scenes appeal to avoid a war in which thousands of American soldiers would likely be killed.

b.

do a "What Me Worry?" and refuse to consider the idea at all.

6.

In the build-up to the invasion of Iraq in March 2003, George W. Bush:

a.

conscientiously sought information from the C.I.A., D.I.A., State Department, and I.A.E.A. in determining the likelihood of WMDs and other such vital concerns.

b.

did a "What Me Worry?" and based his conclusions on information from the discredited “Curveball” and Ahmad Chalabi, the convicted embezzler.

7.

Given the on-going unpopularity of the U.S. among many former allies that has developed in the last five years, George W. Bush:

a.

has bent over backwards to show respect to these countries’ customs and traditions.

b.

did a "What Me Worry?" and in defiance of Canadian law barred

Members of the Canadian Parliament from entering their own building.

8.

To further shore up good feelings with allies, George W. Bush:

a.

made a point of leaving everything in perfect order upon his departure from a visit to England in 2003.

b.

did a "What Me Worry?" and trashed Buckingham Palace leaving the Queen furious over the thousands of dollars worth of damage he and his entourage left behind.

9.

As Texas governor, George W. Bush signed a law which allowed hospitals to withdraw life support from patients over the objections of the family. So when the Terri Schiavo case became a Republican rallying point, George W. Bush:

a.

as a man of principled convictions stood by his previous view and vetoed the special bill passed by the Republican controlled Congress.

b.

did a "What Me Worry?" and made a special flightu2014interrupting his vacationu2014from his Crawford ranch to Washington to sign the bill so he could grandstand on the issue.

10.

As a man of resolve who stands by his principles, George W. Bush:

a.

declared himself a "war president" as a means of getting to the heart of his presidency.

b.

did a "What Me Worry?" after calling himself a war president for two years declaring himself a "peace president" as the election approached only to revert back to calling himself a "war president" when the "peace president" line didn’t seem to be working for him.

11.

Since the First Amendment guarantees Americans freedom of speech, George W. Bush:

a.

followed the pattern of all previous presidents and did not interfere with people’s protests at his campaign rallies.

b.

did a "What Me Worry?" and restricted dissentersu2014and dissenters, onlyu2014to "free speech" zones out of the sight of the president and the media covering the rallies.

12.

In 2003 when the Iranian government contacted the U.S. offering to stop funding Hezbollah and give up its nuclear program in exchange for security guarantees and normalized relations, the response of George W. Bush was to:

a.

take this remarkable opportunity to engage the Iranians on these matters.

b.

do a "What Me Worry?" and ignore the offer and admonish the

Swiss diplomats for delivering it.

13.

When George W. Bush finds himself confronted by unpleasant facts his practice has been to:

a.

put a lot of thought into the issue and request informed input to help in finding the best way to deal with such facts.

b.

do a "What Me Worry?" and dismiss the concept of "facts" itself, dismissively declaring them to be irrelevant as the administration is now able to create its own reality.

14.

When the McCain-Feingold Finance Campaign Reform Bill was presented for the President’s signature, George W. Bush:

a.

declared the bill to be unconstitutional and vetoed it right then and there.

b.

did a "What Me Worry?" and signed the bill into law after declaring it to be an unconstitutional violation of the First Amendment all despite the oath he had sworn to uphold the Constitution.

15.

When the transportation bill made its way to his desk for signature in 2005, George W. Bush:

a.

reiterated his 2003 stance of fighting pork barrel legislation.

b.

did a "What Me Worry?" and declared that the $286 billion bill loaded with more than 6,000 pet projects made him proud to sign the bill.

16.

To garner positive news coverage for his policies, George W. Bush:

a.

worked hard at cultivating positive relations with the media.

b.

did a "What Me Worry?" and planted a fake journalist in the White House press corps to ask softball questions of the president during otherwise contentious news conferences.

17.

As a further attempt at garnering positive news coverage for his policies, George W. Bush:

a.

pledged to answer any and all questions from news reporters honestly.

b.

did a "What Me Worry" and oversaw secret payments from the Education Department to Armstrong Williams to promote his education policies.

18.

When Congress called for a full independent investigation of the 9/11 tragedy to prepare the U.S. against future terrorist attacks, the reaction of George W. Bush was to:

a.

support the effort and pledge to fully cooperate with the investigating committee.

b.

do a "What Me Worry?" and first refuse the request, then under pressure agree to an investigation of a limited nature only, then appoint Condi Rice underling Phillip Zelikow to effectively investigate himself.

19.

After more than six years in office and more than four years at war, the George W. Bush administration:

a.

ensured that the best medical care was provided for soldiers wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan.

b.

did a "What Me Worry?" and oversaw a decline in the standards at Walter Reed Army Medical Center for wounded soldiers all the way down to the level of "unacceptable".

20.

When wounded and injured American troops returned to the U.S. from Afghanistan and Iraq, the reaction of George W. Bush was to:

a.

ensure that the troops were treated with respect and dignity until their wounds could heal and rehabilitate them to other military service or civilian life.

b.

was to do a "What Me Worry?" and ship the affected troops back into action to shore up the numbers on duty in Iraq.

Jim Cox [send him mail] is an Associate Professor of Economics and Political Science at the Clarkston Campus of Georgia Perimeter College and the author of The Concise Guide to Economics and Minimum Wage, Maximum Damage.

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