Sunday, June 3, 2007

¿Quien es Mas Macho? Part II

In today's battle of ¿Quien es Mas Macho?, we pit two Texans against each other: George W. Bush versus an unnamed truck driver. Any time two Texans go up against each other, you just know it's going to be a battle. Texans do not back down, they do not apologize, they do not explain. Texans are to humans what pitbulls are to dogs. Texans are right, dollgurnit.

Question: When things start going wrong, how does a macho person act? Answer: The same as always. In Texas, it's called "sticking to your guns." Let's start with George W. Bush on Iraq.

I know what I believe. I will continue to articulate what I believe and what I believe — I believe what I believe is right.
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I'm the commander — see, I don't need to explain — I do not need to explain why I say things. That's the interesting thing about being president.
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The war on terror involves Saddam Hussein because of the nature of Saddam Hussein, the history of Saddam Hussein, and his willingness to terrorize himself.
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Major combat operations in Iraq have ended. In the battle of Iraq, the United States and our allies have prevailed.
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My answer is bring them on.


That's going to be tough to beat. Let's see how the unnamed truck driver handles a little adversity. Here's an account of his actions from The Seattle Times.

NEW YORK — A truck driver whose rig was 6 inches too tall for the Lincoln Tunnel drove its entire 1.5-mile length, peeling the trailer's roof completely and ripping off decorative ceiling tiles.
Flashing signs and officers using a loudspeaker had warned the driver, and it was unclear why he didn't heed them, according to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which operates the tunnel.
"He misjudged the height of the tunnel, and once he was inside it he didn't realize the damage he was doing," said Roy Guzman, the safety director of the trucker's employer, U.S.A. Logistics Carriers of McAllen, Texas.
The driver, from Texas, was charged with nine misdemeanor moving violations.


If you're going to crash the top of your truck into a tunnel roof and keep driving for a mile and a half, you pretty much have to be from Texas. Maybe someone from Oklahoma could pull it off. Maybe.

Anyway, this is a tough one. On the one hand, George W. Bush has acted macho on a grand scale. On the other hand, George W. Bush has shown signs of weakness. He said, "This foreign policy stuff is a little frustrating."

Winner: Unnamed Truck Driver.