At any rate, on Sunday NBC found time between Olympic events (we know how hard that would be, based on how much money they have riding on it) to air an interview with President Bush.
Remembering Bush's speech from last week when he expressed "deep concern" over human rights in China, interviewer Bob Costas asked about "America’s own problems."
Costas: This past week, you restated America’s fundamental differences with China. But given China’s growing strength, and America’s own problems, realistically, how much leverage does the U.S. have here?Bush and future presidents, whoever they turn out to be, need to acknowledge what most already do: China will eventually surpass the U.S. as a world leader in economics, if not in other ways. Let's not just blindly trumpet our greatness.
Bush: First of all, I don’t see America having problems. I see America as a nation that is a world leader that has got great values.
And, great values? What about a economy in recession, foreclosures left and right, bank failures, warrantless wiretapping, loss of our Contitutional rights, war powers which, because a "war on terror" will never end, mean limitless power in the hands on one individual (something the Constitions checks and balances were designed to prevent), evidence of faked documents to tie Iraq to 9/11, and on and on? Yep, we have no problems at all.
Watch the video: