Debate Monkey

Bush’s most annoying “jus’ folks” bit of wisdom from last night? When he responded to Kerry’s statement that Bush had said he wasn’t concerned about Bin Laden with “That must be one of those exaggerations.”

Ahem: From a transcript of a March 13 2003 press conference (available at the friggin’ WHITE HOUSE website, fer chrissakes): http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2002/03/20020313-8.html

“Q    But don’t you believe that the threat that bin Laden posed won’t truly be eliminated until he is found either dead or alive?

THE PRESIDENT:  Well, as I say, we haven’t heard much from him.  And I wouldn’t necessarily say he’s at the center of any command structure.  And, again, I don’t know where he is.  I  —  I’ll repeat what I said.  I truly am not that concerned about him.  I know he is on the run.  I was concerned about him, when he had taken over a country.  I was concerned about the fact that he was basically running Afghanistan and calling the shots for the Taliban.”

…and naturally, Ma and Pa Kettle in Lower Stumblefuck, Kentucky will think that Bush scored points on that one, because they’ll never be told otherwise.

National Media? Hello? Hello?

8 Replies to “Debate Monkey”

  1. God, he is a chimp, isn’t he? It’s not just me that sees it.

    I kept yelling at the tv last night, and wanted to smash it when he was prattling about marriage. And I swear, every time he started talking about how important education was and that we do something about it, and what the No Child Left Behind Act was supposed to do, I wanted to pull his jughead ear through the tv and tell him what utter shit he was full of. NCLB isn’t funded nearly enough to fulfill all the promises he makes with it and leaves the states holding the bag of mess. Don’t even get me started on how these requirements for schools are essentially forcing teachers to teach to the test so that the school will pass and won’t get shut down.

    Grrrr.

  2. Two things:

    1. I’ve seen this get a fair bit of coverage, so the media hasn’t completely fallen down on the job.

    2. I don’t give a shit what the Kettles of Lower Stumblefuck, KY think, since KY isn’t a swing state. I already know what they think, and nothing said last night is going to change their minds.

    My take, my hope, is simple. The race is far too close for one with an incumbent. Bush is screwed unless he pulls a major October surprise out of his ass.

    I hope.

  3. NCLB my ass!

    I just “loved” the fact that Bush-monkey said he would answer the concerns about shipping jobs overseas with more education and community college. Exactly how is community college supposed to help an aerospace engineer whose highly technical job has just left for India?

    Apparently our illustrious C-student leader has it in for anyone who DOESN’T need to be caught up, since schools are yanking funding from advanced programs in order to pay for the NCLB crap.

  4. If we have good weather on election day we may be free of the Super Robot Monkey President.

    However, I do understand how more secondary education goes to producing home jobs. I know the idiot said it, but read Kerry’s platform and he will explain it quite well. I trust he might acutally do it.

  5. If we total all the things that the National Media misses on the current President and compare it to the list of things that the same National Media misses/ignores/actively supresses on Senator Kerry then prehaps you might have a point. Until then, I think the National Media gets credit for trying to put aside their normal pro-Democrat bias for one evening. If you really want to play that game, I’ll start prepping the PAGES AND PAGES of things that Ma & Pa Kettle in Lower Stumblefuck, KY are not being told otherwise about regarding said Democratic hopefull.

    Yes, Rennie, gamer, and Republican.

  6. Like so many of my friends (for some reason, the circles I travel in tend to attract Democrats…) I think this is a topic we had best just agree to disagree on. I have to much like and respect for you as a person to let politics get in the way of the rest.

    “Any man who is under 30, and is not a liberal, has not heart; and any man who is over 30, and is not a conservative, has no brains.”
    – Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965)

  7. Agreed, and for the same reasons.

    (well, that, and I used to work in the “liberal media”–local NPR affiliate, 92-94–so it’s a touchy point for me.)

    Oh…and I’ll throw a quote back at you for that Churchill one:

    “A liberal looks at a glass and says it’s half full. A moderate looks at a glass and says it’s half empty. A conservative looks at a glass and says: “Hey–which one of you worthless motherfuckers drank my goddamned water?””

    -Me, (1969-present, and counting)

    :)

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