Bush Sees Parallels with St. Louis Cardinals

President Bush sees some parallels between himself and the World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals, Ken Herman reports.

President Bush Welcomes World Series Champion St. Louis Cardinals to White House Photo “They say in baseball, you know, in order to become the World Series champ you can’t have losing streaks of over two or three games. This club had losing streaks of one eight-game streak, another eight-game losing streak and a seven-game losing streak,” Bush said, “which really speaks to the character of the baseball team, doesn’t it?”

“When you’re on one of those losing streaks, it’s easy to get down and to forget, you know, the goal,” said Bush, who periodically reminds the nation of his goals in Iraq.

Of course, slumps that last three years are pretty hard to overcome.

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  1. legion says:

    Huh? Did Bush just admit to using ‘roids? It’s already clear his tenure will have a ‘*’ next to it in the history books…

  2. Derrick says:

    Bush seems a little more like a KC Royals-kind of guy.

  3. How many teams win the world series three years in a row?

  4. Of course, slumps that last three years are pretty hard to overcome.

    Gee, I don’t remember St. Louis winning the world series the last three years.

  5. In fact, as a St. Louis resident, it should be noted that the local populace was getting down on Tony LaRussa and the team’s management pretty hard given the lack of success this talented team has had in the postseason. Anybody remember the Cardinals being swept in the World Series by the Boston Red Sox in 2004? The National League’s most successful team over the history of the league hadn’t even been to a World Series since 1985 before that. That’s a long drought for a successful team that was spending lots of money to win. Say, this whole analogy thing may be a lot better than folks realize at first glance.

    James, I know we’ve gone back and forth on this topic before, but personally, I believe history will vindicate much of what has transpired over the past few years. Where else in history has so much been accomplished by a military with so few losses, and that’s without taking into account the horrid nature of the insurgency and the shattered society left in Saddam’s wake. Once before I said, “What if this is as good as it gets?”, and you said something to the effect that it was a tragedy if that was true. I won’t disagree that it is a tragedy, but I still do believe that it would have been dificult to do much better than we have done. But, having said that, I am greatly encouraged to hear that the rules of engagement are changing. I’ve been a strong advocate of that for a long time. There is only one way to deal with people who are so willing to kill and to die to accomplish their goals, and that is to grant the latter before they can carry out much of the former.