Analog's Blog captures the visual perfectly. I have nothing to add but laughter.........
From the bus, the children waved; with the windows down in their car, Bush and Reichert waved back. That's when the driver gave the president the finger.... "The congressman hadn't seen it, but the president turned to him and said, 'That one's not a fan.'" (Bus Driver Flips Off Bush, Gets Fired)
That one's not a fan. I love it.
UPDATE: TWC got some emails on this one plus the comment from Jay.
The entire scenario as it unfolded, from the children waving in recognition of the president of the US to the bus driver coming to the party and giving him the bird, is amusing. But you have to be able to visualize the entire sequence from the first kid's reaction as she recognizes the significance of the motorcade to the bus driver's veins popping out on her forehead as she turns red and swears under her breath and then finally gives GWB the one-fingered salute.
What makes it screaming funny is the president's comment to the CONgressman. Guess she's not a fan. That's pure comedic genius. That off-the-cuff comment is proof enough that GWB isn't the idiot monkey boy he's portrayed as by the chattering classes. Disclaimer: That isn't a political endorsement.
The school bus driver was clearly wrong. I'm not sure if she should be fired but she definitely is in line for disciplinary action. To suggest that she was fired as political retribution is nonesensical political posturing otherwise known as spin.
It is completely unsurprising to me that the union has stepped in and a grievance has been filed. That's absurd. The only issue is whether or not the driver gave GWB the finger while piloting her employer's vehicle in full view of a busload of elementary school children. If that's a firing offense, well tough you-know-what.
And for the record, I make it a point not to flip people off when the kids are in the car. I expect the bus driver to provide the same courtesy when she is entrusted with the delivery of my kids to their school.
Free Speech? Sure. But, in the words of Billy Joel, you can speak your mind, but not on my time.
Swap eras and imagine a school bus driver flipping Bill Clinton the finger and you'd be hearing crickets chirp instead of practiced outrage at the horrors of free speech denied.
But it's still funny. Really funny. I almost spit wine all over the monitor (thru my nose) when I read the original post at Analog's Blog.
tip of the glass to Analog's Blog