Bill Maher said Friday that George W. Bush when he first ran for president had the "thinnest résumé anyone had ever seen."
Such happened on HBO's "Real Time" during an interview with author T.C. Boyle (video follows with transcript and commentary):
BILL MAHER: But people like confidence, don't they? I mean, that is part of the attraction there.
T.C. BOYLE, AUTHOR: Well, they have charisma.
MAHER: It doesn't matter what you're saying. I mean, obviously, Charlie [Sheen] is saying crazy stuff. It’s the fact that he's so confident in what he's saying. Reminds me of George Bush. George Bush was like that. When George Bush ran for president he had the thinnest résumé anyone had ever seen. He was just the ne'er-do-well son of a, of a, you know, guy who had been president. And, but he acted like he owned the f--king world.
BOYLE: It gets worse. It gets worse. I had to explain American foreign policy to audiences in Germany and France for eight years.
BOYCE: Well because everybody's saying, “This is your president. What do you want from him? Who are you?”
MAHER: Oh, I see.
BOYLE: You know, and so on. And it was, it was humiliating.
So how would one explain America's foreign policy to audiences in Germany and France today?
We've got a president that was given the Nobel Peace Prize less than nine months in office having accomplished absolutely nothing, and now less than two years later, parts of the Middle East and Africa are exploding in violence.
The world today is in a more tenuous condition than it has been since the end of the Cold War, and the current White House resident seems totally clueless.
As for the previous president's résumé, he was twice elected governor of our nation's second most populated state. Prior to that point, Bush:
Is going to Harvard and Yale, creating an oil company, and being twice elected governor of our nation's second most populated state a "thin résumé?"
If it is, our current president's curriculum vitae is emaciated by comparison:
As it pertains to the highest office in the land, which résumé looks thinner to you?