Bush Confounded by the 'Unacceptable'

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President Bush finds the world around him increasingly "unacceptable."

In speeches, statements and news conferences this year, the president has repeatedly declared a range of problems "unacceptable," including rising health costs, immigrants who live outside the law, North Korea's claimed nuclear test, genocide in Sudan and Iran's nuclear ambitions.

Bush's decision to lay down blunt new markers about the things he deems intolerable comes at an odd time, a phase of his presidency in which all manner of circumstances are not bending to his will: national security setbacks in North Korea and Iraq, a Congress that has shrugged its shoulders at his top domestic initiatives, a favorability rating mired below 40 percent.

But a survey of transcripts from Bush's public remarks over the past seven years shows the president's worsening political predicament has actually stoked, rather than diminished, his desire to proclaim what he cannot abide. Some presidential scholars and psychologists describe the trend as a signpost of Bush's rising frustration with his declining influence.

In the first nine months of this year, Bush declared more than twice as many events or outcomes "unacceptable" or "not acceptable" as he did in all of 2005, and nearly four times as many as he did in 2004. He is, in fact, at a presidential career high in denouncing events he considers intolerable. They number 37 so far this year, as opposed to five in 2003, 18 in 2002 and 14 in 2001.

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Lorraine Paul - 10/16/2006

Remember the daleks in Dr Who. The more they lost their grip on the situation, the more they ran around shouting out "This is unacceptable...this is unacceptable...this is unacceptable" LOL

Lloyd Crump - 10/15/2006

You've missed the point. Like Bush, you screen out important info that does not match your ideology or desired state of the world. The technical term is "cognitive dissonance."

Vernon Clayson - 10/13/2006

This article is unacceptable, if for nothing else it's because it has more to do with trying to effect the forthcoming election than fairly critisizing a president who is leading a war effort. Unacceptable seems like a sensible term when speaking of events and policies that are abhorrent to most.