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October 17, 2004

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The Reality-Based Community

From Ron Suskind’s NYT Mag piece:

In the summer of 2002, after I had written an article in Esquire that the White House didn’t like about Bush’s former communications director, Karen Hughes, I had a meeting with a senior adviser to Bush. He expressed the White House’s displeasure, and then he told me something that at the time I didn’t fully comprehend — but which I now believe gets to the very heart of the Bush presidency.

The aide said that guys like me were ”in what we call the reality-based community,” which he defined as people who ”believe that solutions emerge from your judicious study of discernible reality.” I nodded and murmured something about enlightenment principles and empiricism. He cut me off. ”That’s not the way the world really works anymore,” he continued. ”We’re an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you’re studying that reality — judiciously, as you will — we’ll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that’s how things will sort out. We’re history’s actors . . . and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.”

So who do you think the senior advisor to Bush was?

Posted October 17, 2004 at 5:29 | Comments (6) | Permasnark
File under: Election 2004


hmmm - a male senior advisor to bush

i can think of two possibilities

a) karl rove

b) not-karl rove

Posted by: mistah charley on October 17, 2004 at 11:53 PM

That's kinda what I was thinking, too, but I had a hard time imagining that Rove would agree to meet with Suskind.

And based on this --

"We’re an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality"

-- I think maybe it was actually Darth Vader.

Posted by: Robin on October 18, 2004 at 12:28 AM

Robin, surely you must have seen yesterday's Boondocks:

That was truly the most amazing thing I have read recently. But, you know, it certainly explains a lot. I always said we are living in a time where everything is smushed into dramatic narrative form, whether it fits or not. So finally we find out that we aren't really living in the 21st century in America - we're living in a bad, biblical mini-series.

Tim, I had not seen that! Hilarious!

skm, yes, apparently everyone in the Reality-Based Community is about to be Left Behind.

Posted by: Robin on October 18, 2004 at 11:43 AM

Here in Hoboken, we have an Anger-based Community. Works for us...

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