Wednesday, December 07, 2005

War By Teleprompter

George Bush is so strangely and profoundly averse to speaking without a script or taking random questions that today---as a precondition for his appearance---he forced the Council on Foreign Relations to waive its longstanding and well-known policy of having all speakers face questions from the audience. To its immense discredit, the CFR caved.

Maybe it did so in anticipation of the president making some news. So let's look at the word count from his script today:

Terrorists/terror/terrorism: 36
Insurgents/insurgency: 0

Bush did indeed make news, but probably not in the way he'd hoped. It appears the MSM is catching on to this ongoing and worsening linguistic farce, as news reports like this one are finally starting to show up. Reuters and TCR....keepin' it real for you, dear reader.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

thank you girlfriend for keepin' it real ;P

12/07/2005 9:00 PM  
Blogger Gothamimage said...

Actually, when Dubya makes gaffes, he often speaks the truth - like when he promised to bring 'chaos' to Iraq or when he said we gotta get flu vacine from outta England, when the plant making it , was on its way outta England, etc.

Bush's prepared speeches are a nightmare - they are filled with Chicken McChurhillism, that ring false, because he is not some erudite Edwardian, ,with a sweep of history and vast military experience, which is what allowed Churchill to speak that way.

The problem is deeper - The Bush people, without realizing it, have become too dependent on soundbites and marketing tropes.

It's all fake wood paneling, fake leather bound volume - type backdrop.

It reminds me of seeing TV commericals for brnad name foods, that try to evoke the family farm or ye ol' towne -type memes- then you find out the product is made in some highway warehouse.

This lack of authenticity is a huge problem with both parties - but Bush has taken it too far. Everything he says is devoid of substance, just burps designed to get a 'bump in the polls.'

12/08/2005 12:11 PM  
Anonymous Lord said...

Or like a tourist abroad that simply repeats himself louder trying to make himself understood.

12/08/2005 12:57 PM  
Blogger copy editor said...

Thanks for the reality. Bush out "terroristed" Cheney this week.

12/08/2005 1:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've been having the same "when was the last time he spoke..." thought all this week. Has he ever given a speech in front of something other than a hand-picked crowd or Hollywood backdrop (New Orleans - we will rebuild whatever it takes)? When was the last time he gave a speech from the oval office? It's irritating to watch him speak, flipping the notepages every 20 seconds. Look closely, you can see the big print on the pages. Truly sad.

12/08/2005 2:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have you read Orwell's essay "Politics and the English Language" - some speech writers should pay attention.

12/09/2005 1:27 PM  
Blogger Ahistoricality said...

To be fair, Clinton imposed the same conditions on CFR when he spoke there. As the CFR chair said in an NPR interview, better to have a president with no questions than no president at all.

That said, the general point still stands: Bush is insulated and packaged to what seems like an unprecedented degree, and if it weren't for the chickenshit quality of our mainstream news media, we'd have staged a recall election years ago.

12/10/2005 10:40 PM  
Anonymous Doug said...

On the other hand, it was less than a capacity crowd, and CFR had to stow away chairs to make it look like all the available seats were taken. Who wants to see the Bush clown show anyway?

12/11/2005 3:21 PM  
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