Tony Snow, former newsperson and White House press secretary, has succumbed to cancer. He seemed a decent man, although I rarely agreed with him.
But it reminds me that when he announced the return of his cancer a year ago, George Bush's response confirmed a suspicion I had had for a while. Bush's response was, "Tony's going to whip this."
Snow had cancer in his liver. With contemporary treatments, you have a decent shot at living longer than he did, but you are not going to whip it. And I realized that George Bush is either a magical thinker--just saying it will make it so--or he's completely unconcerned about the reality, and is only focused on perception.
I thought at the time that it was actually an egregiously cavalier response to what was effectively a death sentence. And I also thought that this has been the whole operational method of the Bush White House, all that matters is what we say, not what you think you saw.
It's a horribly inept way to make public and foreign policy, and probably explains 90%+ of this administration's failures.
It puts me in mind of the great Groucho Marx quote: "Who are you going to believe, me or your own eyes?"