Fortunately the object of my interrupted care giving survived without any pain, trauma or -- for that matter -- any awareness that my mind had wandered to the idiot on the screen.
I wish I could say the same for the country, that it has not suffered because of the idiocy of this president who I used to think was pretending when he sounded like an uneducated spurner of things wise or well phrased.
Here's Bush introducing his remarks about his planned ka-billion dollar bail-out of the money bundlers, telling us why he decided to "act and act boldly."
"It turns out that there's a lot of interlinks throughout the financial system. The system had grown to a point where a lot of people were dependent upon each other. And that the collapse of one part of the system wouldn't just affect a part of the financial markets. It would affect the average citizen."
I heard this and was stunned that the leader of the free world could sound so uninformed and simple minded, like a Candide whose stupidity by its very boldness can wreak havoc on millions around the globe.
Countless Americans who consider themselves weak on the basics of the economy would be embarrassed to give remarks like that; they would do anything -- sacrifice all sleep and comfort -- to study and consult and think, in order to avoid sounding so sophomoric and, really, moronic.
I shudder as I ponder the implications of the reality that underlies all this: that this man was voted into his high office by a majority of the American people.
Well, you know what I mean.
[photo is by AP's Pablo Martinez Monsivais.]