Taken from a transcript of Bob Costas and GWB's interview at the Olympics:
"Costas: If these Olympics are as successful as they are shaping up to be, most people believe this only further legitimizes the ruling party in the minds of most Chinese citizens. And even absent true liberty as we understand it, the lives of hundreds of millions of Chinese people are much better than they once were. Therefore, what's the party's incentive to reform?
Bush: Well first of all, if you are a religious person you understand that once religion takes hold in a society it can't be stopped. And secondly I think the Olympics are gonna serve as a chance for people to come and see china the way it is, and let the Chinese see the world and interface and have, you know, the opportunity to converse with people from around the world." [Emphasis mine.]
Costas said NOTHING about religion in Chinese society. Bush mentions it only because he is frigging obsessed with pandering to his "base."
Does the dragging in of religion turn your stomach? It did mine!
If I considered myself religious, I'd be insulted by the blatant pandering.
If I didn't consider myself religious, I'd be insulted by the inference that only through religion can society elevate itself.
As I believe Jeri pointed out on a comment somewhere "the ability to believe despite all evidence to the contrary is not necessarily a good thing in a president."
I cannot watch the idiot anymore.
(PS - Bravo to Bob Costas for having some pretty insightful questions, despite his blockheaded interviewee.)