Bush’s Speech by John Cole| December 18, 20059:44 pm| 36 CommentsThis post is in: PoliticsFacebookTweetEmailI didn’t watch it. Football is on. Sue me. I will read it later.
Here. Let me summarize:
I am your King. Love me. Sure, I make mistakes, but I am here to protect you. Give me your tribute. I am your King.
Anyone opposed to me, your King, is nothing more than a political partisan hack. They wish to mock me, your King.
Sacrifices will have to be made by everyone, including me, your King. My sacrifice will be to have to allow all of you to disagree with me to be able to speak your minds. See? I, your King, am benevolent.
Oh, and be patient. I will work this out sooner or later.
And Dog Bless the Disunited States of America.
Because if they were united, they’d fuckin run me outta here.
Thank you, and good night.
I didn’t watch it either. But allow me to summarize it. The extended ellipses are designed to simulate the dramatic pauses. Essentially read this in the William Shatner style. You may have to play with which words to give emphasis to, usually the middle on and somtimes the last. It is the only way to accurately grasp the fullness of a Bush speech.
Bob In Pacifica
Here gave a speech today? During football? Why?
To connect with the nation and let them know that Freedom is on the March! (*)
(*) Not valid with prior purchase.
How nice to see a bunch of useless morons and functional idiots at play tonight. Well, at least there not out knocking over liquor stores.
I agree with you about Bush, Cheney and Rove.
Now THAT was some truly great news from President Bush tonight! Not only are we winning the war in Iraq, we apparently are going to be winning it for a long long time.
Don’t look at this as 10 more years of war, look at it as another ten years of victory.
Ahh. The scintillating wit of Ancient Purple is truly majestic to behold….if only the poor disgruntled soul had something worthwhile to say such that one would be motivated to respond. Sleep soundly, Ancient Purple, with the knowledge that there are adults running things so that you may contine to enjoy the fruits of their sacrifice as you slumber peacefully through the night.
you really ought to listen to it. really listen to him talk. it’s awesome and you get a feel for it more than just reading the words. it’s like a football game, it’s best when it’s live. his state of the union speeches are hilarious, and you miss the timing of it if you just read it.
like when he said something like: “everybody is special in the eyes of the lord”
and then everyone applauds at such a grand notion! yay!
and then in the next sentence he tries to sneak past the goodess of having to ammend the constitution to limit the right of certain Americans deemed not as worthy and not deservant of marriage.
and the crowd just did not know if that was something to clap about or not. there was a couple of beats of confusion.
it was perfectly timed for humour.
but i digress…
listen to the ending of this speech. he sounds like a minister leading everyone in a prayer. i had a flash back to church when i heard the way he said it. but then again, i’m weirdly:s
why is the President of the United States of America in the 21st century leading a prayer to all Americans who are now very diverse in our beliefs? it just seems like a huge boundry issue with his religious life and his political life. can we keep the god talk and prayers out of war issues when religion s already the huge red herring in the room no one wants to talk about. “it’s not a religious war… here, let me prove it by trying ot lead the country in a christian prayer. there! see? it’s not a religious war. trust me.”
whether it is or isn’t a religious war… it looks bad. and creates a debate that should in all common sense never have to take place. but it probably won’t. no one cares about the basics anymore. who cares if the same people making the plans for tomorrow are the same ones who keep messing up their plans in the first place? and then have to slowly evolve towards the other side’s plans that were never listened to… who cares? that was yesterday not today and the next time, by gum!, they will have learned.. oops… ok the NEXT time something bad happens i’m just SURE they will have gotten it right… or at least closer to it… without having to listen to it the first time around… again….
so, do Americans want a minister in federal office?
Preacher In Chief, Minister of The Homeland Ministry!
Gawd Bless the President. sniff… give me a sec to wipe this tear away.
Bless him, oh Lord, speak through our great leader during a time of perpetual war.
or maybe i’m wrong and heard it wrong.
plus it’s not a religious war in the least.
by the way,
MY gawd bless him, not YOUR stupid gods. sheesh!
sorry this is too long. this sentence there i mean, not the posting. that sentence here, well back there previous to the sentence before the sentece before this one was way too long and i apologize for the length of it in any way shape or form of the content of that way too long sentence.
again, i apologize for the inconvenience.
Cyncism towards Operation Enduring Bullshit makes me a moron and an idiot?
Hey, I don’t give a crap. I’m one of those that Bush has to win over with compelling arguments. He’s already got the mindless dittohead followers.
you miss the vocal change if you only read it.
bush: “Our nation joins in those prayers. (to me his voice changes here as if he is really doing it as a prayer) We pray for the safety and strength of our troops. We trust, with them, in a love that conquers all fear, in a light that reaches the darkest corners of the Earth.” (insert congregation in union saying “AMEN” here)
is it just me?
oh well, thanks for the space
And yet you brought yourself to respond anyway. The irony meter goes off the scale, James.
Alas, I will not sleep soundly knowing that there are plenty of cowards out there who think that living free or dying is not as important as living, our King being one of them.
But you sleep soundly, James. If that noise you hear wakes you up, don’t fret. It is only Patrick Henry rolling over in his grave.
Well said, Paddy.
For some reason, the phrase “peace with honor” comes to mind. That’s the only lie that was missing from the speech tonight. Maybe they’ll roll it out in time for next year’s campaigns.
They managed to kill 25k American troops with that marketing slogan only 35 years ago, I’m sure it has a few more good miles left on it.
Ancient Purple: Don’t drown in your ass sweat, Purp. We’re looking at another 10 years of victory in Iraq at least.
You have years of celebrating ahead of you.
Get plenty of sleep.
you guys are good.
sorry for my silliness before.
why the fuck did my tivo of “family guy” feature 20 minutes of this bullshit
damnit bush, this is the last straw
I gotta say, that is freaking hilarious coming from someone who has posted twice in this thread, neither of which had any substance.
This is exactly what I was saying… I told my wife that it was over… I finally hate Bush because he has disrupted Family Guy!
Seriously, I thought the speech was decent… not over the top and really didn’t cover a lot of new ground outside of finally admiting some mistakes (no WMDs was one of them)… one part of it annoyed me though while talking about terrorism…
I really dislike this bumpersticker logic of saying that we could not be seen as provoking the terrorists since we were not in Iraq or Afghanistan on 9/11… this is overlooking several aspects even reported by the terrorist groups of our presence in the Middle East (Saudi Arabia comes to mind) and our support for Israel… yet, to common Mr. and Mrs. America who do a fist pump when they hear that it can not be perceived by the Jihadists that we provoked them but were standing quietly on the corner sipping a Diet Dr. Pepper, they see this as a truth…
Now with that said, I do not specifically agree that we were in those places to provoke the terrorists, even really considered it or see it as a provocation, I can at least somewhat understand their (terrorist) thought on the matter…
Also, I was wondering (and this is slightly off topic) how much would it cost for a company to do some ad placement during the Oval Office speech? Just a Coke or Pepsi in the background? Not so much in your face but along the lines of the current marketing pushes on prime time TV… Millions of dollars are spent on Super Bowl game ads, so if we get a few of those ad placements going during each speech I am sure that we can use that income to help fund the war or whatever…
I didn’t watch it either. Every Bush speech I have ever seen is a pot-pourri of lies and political spin, rather than a serious attempt to communicate with the American people.
Besides, he is easily the worst public speaker I have ever seen on TV. When I do watch him, I wonder about the extent of his neurological problems.
Here it is in short:
9/11 blah blah blah… Freedom is on the March blah blah blah… 9/11 blah blah blah… I am the King and do as I please blah blah blah… 9/11… 9/11… 9/11…
You get the drift
Boy this is a shock. Liberals & Democrats hating it – conservatives and Republicans loving it.
Liberal blogs: It sucked! The same old tired nonsense! “Freedom is on the march. Yeah, right!”
Conservative blogs: It was great! Reaganesque! A strong rebuke to the defeatists!
Is it any wonder I’ve said to hell with blogging about politics?
Everybody is missing the biggest story from yesterday.
Condi Rice on Foxnews Sunday said that she thought the Skins would win yesterday.
We need Congressional hearings! What did she know and when did she know it?
I figure Haliburton had something to do with it.
Well, Mr. Caruso, why the hell do you keep coming back? I keep thinking you’re gone, but like a pimple on Rush’s ass, you just keep festering up again and again. Each time you get squeezed, he thinks he’s going to see a virtual volcano of pus and gore, yet each time, its empty. Just like all your comments.
Goodbye Mr. Caruso?
Mah intellergence was wrong, I misunderestimated the dangers, them terrists is causing a lot more hell’n ah thought they would, and lots of our guys are gittin kilt…So why don’t you believe me when I say we’re winning?
I’m just glad the President outlined who is allowed to disagree with him and how exactly they are allowed to disagree with him. I was kind of lost before.
By the way – the POTUS did not take responsibility for the faulty intelligence. He actually said, “It is true that many nations believed that Saddam had weapons of mass destruction. But much of the intelligence turned out to be wrong. As your President, I am responsible for the decision to go into Iraq. Yet it was right to remove Saddam Hussein from power.” So, what he said was 1) everybody believed he had WMD’s 2) The CIA screwed up and 3) I still made the right decision even though the CIA screwed up.
Anyway, only one line made me really yell at the screen inside my head… “Some look at the challenges in Iraq and conclude that the war is lost and not worth another dime or another day. I don’t believe that. ”
What about another life? Sorry, but in a speech in which he slammed many of those that were negative about the war as being “partisan” it was absolutely crappy for him not to acknowledge that the loss of life is a major issue for many of us. This was another one of those “Bush is so sincere” speeches that is actually riddled with half-truths and logical fallacies. As always, the commander-in-chief engages in tactics that allow his supporters to say, “He is trying to unite us” while very clearly doing everything possible to alienate and insult those that disagree with him.
Then enlighen me, Mr. Caruso. What was it in his speech that was anything different than all of his other speeches about Iraq? (Other than the bizarre hand gestures and movements he kept doing.)
Honestly, we are getting “major Iraq update speeches” every month now and I am willing to bet that if you printed them out and mixed them up, no one could tell you which date they where delivered.
So, tell me what was novel about this speech.
I don’t know what it is about Bush’s hand gestures that has everyone so confused. It’s called “shuck and jive.”
Next time you’re out cruising for hookers, ask your pimp.
“Doin’ that crazy hand jive…”
Bob In Pacifica
If Bush cannot define “victory” in the “war on terror” (and how silly is it to wage a war against an emotion?) then how can he can he call anyone a “defeatist”?
And speaking of Bush’s inability to score a real victory, has anyone heard Bush mention bin Laden’s name lately? Any closer to catching him? I suggest someone poke around the family compound in Arabia.
We will achieve victory, my friends, total victory. We cannot define victory because that would make it easy for the insurgents to disrupt our plans. But the victory will be total and we will know it when we have achieved it. We will accept nothing less.
i have a serious question…
bush said in his speech: “Americans can expect some things of me, as well. My most solemn responsibility is to protect our nation”
actually i thought up holding the constitution is his most solemn responsibibity…
as in the oath he took …
“Each president recites the following oath, in accordance with Article II, Section I of the U.S. Constitution:
“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.” ”
so i do believe that his highest priority is protecting our constitution. isn’t it?
there is no real nation (as it was intended) without the constitution.
” I don’t expect you to support everything I do, but tonight I have a request: Do not give in to despair, and do not give up on this fight for freedom.”
i didn’t feel any despair until he said that.
and we all know he doesn’t care whether you support him or not. he doeesn’t listen to polls, so he claims.
he’s just asking everyone who disagrees to shut up and wait. “trust me… this war has only been driven by a little old dictator on his way to mosque. very little milage and lots of oil.. trust me, you can’t afford NOT to suport this war.”
You know. I read through a bit of your blog, and it suffered quite a bit from this attitude. That is, you think disagreement is there only because people are partisan. But it’s not causual in that way. Many, if not most of us, are partisan only because of our disagreement.
As such, most of your analysis is generally wrong.
There’s nothing wrong with standing up for what you believe in. To claim it is, displays a level of partisanship of your own making.
Lines, commenting on a blog is not ‘blogging.’ Thanks for the visuals though. Very insightful.
Steve, the fact is, those who ‘disagreed’ with Bush probably did so right after he said, “Good evening.” Same with those who support him. I didn’t have to watch or read the speech to know what the reactions would be on most blogs. That’s how predictable much of the blogosphere has become as a whole. Not in its’ entirety. Cole is one the few exceptions.
James C: While you sit smugly berating us about how your tiny despot’s reign means the “adults” are running things and we can sleep peacefully because of their “sacrifice”, Iraq has just voted into power some of the nastiest Anti-American Iranian-based terrorist organizations on the planet. (One example is DAWA, who were involved in the bombing in Beirut that killed 241 servicemen – and will now be well-represented in the Iraqi government.) And we’re going to pay to train and arm these groups that hate us and have a history of attacking us, and keep our troops in harm’s way while we do it?
So the issue isn’t just that bush is the Chief fuckwad of the First Order of Eternal Fuckwads. There are real, and negative, and long-term consequences to his actions, and the very things you would love to tout (like elections in Iraq) as evidence this man has things well in hand are the very things that have the potential to destroy us.
Please, I’d really like to hear a cogent argument as to why it’s actually good that we’ve taken a heinous secular despot with no capacity to harm us on a large scale and no history of attacking us (as in terrorism) and replaced him with a heinous fractious “government” comprised in great part of fundamentalist Muslim groups that hate us and have fully demonstrated their will and capacity to murder us.
I mean, instead of just calling me names because I’m a liberal.
No, I don’t sleep soundly because these “adults” are in charge.
No. The fact is, only some people fall into your stereotype. Not everybody, just a small number of vocal individuals. But you choose to focus on them and explain away everything using their example… simply because it is easier for you to do so as it requires no thought.
Now I admit, I immediately dismissed whatever Bush said as being nothing new. But that’s because we’ve had a half dozen or so speeches this year which have been praised by the wingnuts as a brave attempt to reach out to critics, which have been nothing more than sugar coating upon name calling and the same old rhetoric.
So you should understand where most of us are coming from.
I don’t need to “listen” to someone to know what he’s going to say in advance if he always says the same thing.