I’m talking about the first time he won.
You’ll recall that in 2000, George B. Bush squeaked by as President over Al Gore, and a lot of that victory hinged on the state of Florida.
The vote in Florida–where there were complaints of voter confusion and possible shadiness–was so close that there had to be recounts.
But the third recount was stopped because of a technicality, and Bush was named President.
According to the machine recount, he won Florida by all of 537 votes!
That’s basically two canasta clubs and some pool boys.
Jump ahead, and I just caught up with The Queen of Versailles, the riveting documentary about an incredibly wealthy tycoon and his trophy wife as they face the crash of 2008.
In the movie, the rich guy–David Siegel–reveals that he’s the one who nabbed the prize for Dubya.
“I got George W elected President,” he boasts. “Personally got him elected President.”
“How did you do that?” wonders the interviewer.
“I’d rather not say,” he responds, “because it may not have necessarily have been legal.”
That’s one of the most horrifying things I’ve ever heard in a documentary.
And it’s not made any sweeter when Siegel issues a half-hearted apologia:
“Had I not stuck my big nose into it there probably wouldn’t have been an Iraqi war and maybe we would have been better off, I don’t know.”
Gee, mighty white of you.