One of his favorite issues is how the president sat there for 7 minutes after being told--true quote--"The country is under attack." Tonight he added the point that the news media didn't call him on his excuse, "I didn't want to scare the children." Neither Bill nor I understand how telling the children he had some urgent President-business to take care of would have scared them. (As I remember, the excuse got added to later, saying that he was on camera and didn't want to show panic in front of the whole world by jumping up right away.)
Maher points out that in the nuclear age 7 minutes is a long time "the time it takes to listen to Layla--even with the guitar solo at the end." He didn't say this either, but at the time there was some mention made that VP Cheney apparently gave the order to shoot down the planes since Bush was out of touch and somebody had to do it. However, a VP doesn't have this authority unless the president is dead or unconscious/injured, etc. Now I'm not going to quibble about this nor would I expect someone to wait in that situation. I probably wouldn't have. The point is, Bush really was available, he just wasn't doing his job. And really, isn't defending the country one of the most important parts of his job?
Whenever I watch Bill Maher (who shortly returns to HBO and is now also to be found on Amazon but is supposed to omit political commentary) I have the same feeling I get when I watch West Wing: finally, somebody is making sense instead of this bizarro world doublespeak we get from the Bush Administration. What a relief to live in a sane world for even the length of time it takes to watch a show. When you need a break from the illogical and irrational, Bill Maher is your man. Of course, if you are illogical and irrational, he might not be your cup of tea. May I suggest Ann Coulter or Rush Limbaugh?