Monday, December 19, 2005

Bush speech

Shakespeare's Sister offers a shorter version:
Good evening…landmark day in the history of liberty…democracy at the heart of the Middle East…I know many Americans have questions about the cost and direction of this war (but I’m not going to answer them—quick, over there, look at the sparkly freedom!)…weapons of mass destruction…mass graves…global terrorist movement…perpetual war against America…9/11…(do they look scared again yet, Dick?)…stay the course…fight them over there…only two options before our country—victory or defeat…we remember the words of the Christmas carol, written during the Civil War: “God is not dead, nor [does] He sleep; the Wrong shall fail, the Right prevail, with peace on Earth, good-will to men.”
Echidne's version is even shorter:

I'm the Merkin prezdent. I went to war in Iraq on wrong grounds and it's a mess but if you're not for me you're for the terrorists. Those who criticize me are to blame if the Iraqi experiment fails.
No mention of his illegal spying on people like you and me. I didn't bother listening because I knew he would just say the same things he's been saying for weeks, and that has been the same empty pablum we've been getting since before we invaded.

I used to make it my practice not to miss a presidential address, and now I can barely be bothered to listen to the State of the Union.

I want a President who addresses me with this sort of honesty and forthrightness:

I am certain that my fellow Americans expect that on my induction into the Presidency I will address them with a candor and a decision which the present situation of our Nation impels. This is preeminently the time to speak the truth, the whole truth, frankly and boldly. Nor need we shrink from honestly facing conditions in our country today. This great Nation will endure as it has endured, will revive and will prosper. So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself – nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance. In every dark hour of our national life a leadership of frankness and vigor has met with that understanding and support of the people themselves which is essential to victory. I am convinced that you will again give that support to leadership in these critical days.
There are problems facing us today, and we don't need pablum, we need straight talk and real solutions. Roosevelt had programs in place 100 days after he promised action. I've been waiting for two and a half years for George Bush to do something. All I have to show for it is 31,000 dead Iraqis, 2155 dead American soldiers, 201 dead soldiers from other countries, and my phone calls and emails on a hard drive at Ft. Meade.

Tell Me Why You Like Roosevelt” by Blind Williams Connie from the album Philadelphia Street Singer (1950, 2:49).