Anyone from Boston remember that annoying commercial with the ‘Faaaaantastic!’ guy selling furniture or cars?

In Omaha on Friday, a divorced single mother named Mary Mornin tells the president, ‘I have one child, Robbie, who is mentally challenged, and I have two daughters.’

‘Fantastic,’ the president exclaims, and he tells her she has ‘the hardest job in America, being a single mom.’

Later, the 57-year old Mornin tells Bush that she works three jobs, which the president deems ‘uniquely American’ and ‘fantastic.’ He asks her if she gets any sleep.

Aside from the obvious here, I want to know why there isn’t more being written about the fact that all of Bush’s public appearances are now carefully scripted and ticketed. Only supporters can get tickets. 42 people in Fargo, ND, were blacklisted and refused tickets to Bush’s appearance there last week. Coincidentally, they were all members of Democracy for America, the spin-off organisation from Howard Dean’s presidential bid.

I (heart) American democracy.

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