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Born at the Crest of the Empire

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Bush's Town hall

Left-over pointed me to a great Reuters article, but for context, first a question from the press briefing.
Q Are those questions pre-screened, or --

MR. McCLELLAN: No, they can ask whatever -- the people at this event can ask whatever they want.

Okay, so we know it's a non scripted even, right? (Reuters)
Asked by a 7-year-old in the audience at the Louisville Convention Center how people could help in the war on terrorism, Bush replied, "One way people can help as we're coming down the pike in the 2006 elections is remember the effect that rhetoric can have on our troops in harm's way and the effect that rhetoric can have in emboldening or weakening an enemy."

So many, many things wrong with this. First, somebody just happened to bring their seven year old to this boring political rally, and the kid just happened to be informed about the war on terror... I've got a niece of eight, and I just don't see it. Second, as Left-over pointed out, the words "rhetoric" and "emboldening" are in every seven year old's vocabulary, right?

Also, notice that the harm that Bush implies is related to the 2006 midterm elections. The democrats running in 2006, after all, are the enemy. Also, just how powerful is this seven year old in the school yards of America that what he says is gonna embolden Al Qaeda.

What a bizarre lesson to teach this kid, that saying the wrong thing will get your father or uncle or brother killed.

Oh, and Scott McClellan apparently lied, again.

Once you've seen the emperor naked, no matter what he tries to wear, you still see him naked.


  • Also, notice that the harm that Bush implies is related to the 2006 midterm elections.

    An interesting tactic there, perhaps a prelude to something that I frankly didn't think the Republicans would try...swift-boating the entire Democratic party just for being who they are.

    Gonna be an interesting, if somewhat frightening, ride in 2006.

    By Blogger Kvatch, at 10:15 PM  

  • I finally read all of the questions from this event (can't bear to read all the answeres) and no way in hell were these questions not scripted. It was more scripted than Bushes sattelite take with the troops a couple of months ago.

    I'm glad you posted this. I found it and wanted to but didn't have any time. I am going to link to your diary.

    Good work.

    By Anonymous left-over, at 10:34 PM  

  • I spent half the day today in my car and, as is my practice, tuned in to right-wing radio every once in a while. In the brief minutes I listened to them I heard Rush, Mike Gallagher, and Mark Levin all spew the vilest kind of rhetoric, labeling all who question Bush's policies as "haters," "America-haters," "traitors," "as bad as the terrorist woman who strapped a bomb to her back and blew up children and women at a wedding." Gallagher said we progressives should get out of America, get out of the way of the Bushies, and join our fellow terrorists since we love them so much.

    Think that kind of rhetoric "emboldens" the enemy?

    By Blogger Motherlode, at 10:43 PM  

  • The ability to squash robust democratic practices, rather than the exercise of cherished freedoms, seems more likely to embolden terrorists. This must be seen as a sure sign that terrorists are hurting the greatest number of their perceived enemies.
    I can’t help thinking that the use of a seven year old to deliver the message suggests a worrying opinion of the administrations target audience. I had heard of the grade three reading level, but I though actual comprehension might be a bit higher. If not, the kid isn’t too smart either, talking over his audiences heads.

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