12/09/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

George Bush's Fun

I am still mulling over George W. Bush's phone call to Barack Obama after his election when Bush suggested to the president-elect that he have "fun' and enjoy himself now that he's the new chief executive.

Why would he chose the word "fun"? Indeed, what person, much less a president himself, in the midst of the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, says to his successor go out and have "fun."

Then I figured that's what the former Yale cheerleader thought the presidency was all about -- another fraternity experience. One can just guess what Bush will say to Obama when they meet in the White House on Monday. "Hey, kid, here's my work-out room, here's where I watch TV and eat pretzels, here's the place where my Texas pals and I get together and have some beers, here's where I get dressed and brush my teeth, here's where I eat breakfast and read the sports pages -- and oh that, by the way, yes, that's the Oval Office."