Peter Maer: What's your advice to the average American who is hurting now, facing the prospect of $4 a gallon gasoline, a lot of people facing --
THE PRESIDENT: Wait, what did you just say? You're predicting $4 a gallon gasoline?
Maer: A number of analysts are predicting --
THE PRESIDENT: Oh, yeah?
Maer: $4 a gallon gasoline this spring when they reformulate.
THE PRESIDENT: That's interesting. I hadn't heard that.
Maer: Yes, sir. (whitehouse.gov)"
Of course, Guiliani and Gore couldn't venture the price of a gallon milk when questioned, either. Basically most of the privileged people running for office do not have to worry about the quotidian cares facing the plebes.
As Leonard Pitts said in "Average Joe Not Really One of Us":
"[Bush] may not have gravitas, the thinking went. He may not have piercing intelligence. But he's one of us.
"Think again. Apparently, he's not even that."
But for sheer destructiveness combined with cluelessness, veteran White House reporter Helen Thomas has probably summed it up best. "This is the worst president ever. He is the worst president in all of American history."
Clueless may make cute movie, but it doesn't make a cute president.