I have mixed feelings about Bill Maher. His words on politics are usually painfully on-target...but his atheistic views are misguided and often deeply sad. I pray for him.
His words to President Bush on a recent HBO show are...well, here they are. Judge for yourself.
Bill Maher, HBO's "Real Time With Bill Maher," Sept. 9, 2005
Now I kid, but seriously, Mr. President, this job can't be fun for you anymore.
There's no more money to spend; you used up all of that. You can't start another war because you also used up the army. And now, darn the luck, the rest of your term has become the Bush family nightmare: helping poor people.
Yeah, listen to your mom, the cupboard's bare, the credit card's maxed out, and no one's speaking to you. Mission accomplished.
Now it's time to do what you've always done best: lose interest and walk away. Like you did with your military service. And the oil company. And the baseball team. It's time to move on and try the next fantasy job. How about cowboy or spaceman?
Now, I know what you're saying, you're saying that there are so many other things that you as president could involve yourself in. Please don't.
I know, there's a lot left to do. There's a war with Venezuela, and eliminating the sales tax of yachts, turning the space program over to the church and Social Security to Fannie Mae, giving embryos the vote.
But sir, none of that is going to happen now. Why? Because you govern like Billy Joel drives.
You've performed so poor, I'm surprised you haven't given yourself a medal. You're a catastrophe that walks like a man.
Herbert Hoover was a shitty president, but even he never conceded an entire metropolis to rising water and snakes.
On your watch, we've lost almost all of our allies, the surplus, four airliners, two trade centers, a piece of the Pentagon, and the city of New Orleans.
Maybe you're just not lucky. I'm not saying you don't love this country, I'm just wondering how much worse it could be if you were on the other side.
So yes, God does speak to you, and what he's saying is, 'Take a hint.'"