Wednesday, January 11, 2006

My Old Kentucky Sham

Today, President Bush conducted a faux town hall meeting in Louisville, Kentucky. The event was essentially a rally for Republican Congresswoman Anne Northup, who's being challenged by Democrat Andrew Horne, a Marine reservist who served seven months in Iraq and is against the war. After speaking for several minutes, Bush took questions from the "audience"---a group of pre-screened, invited participants. Here's a "question" about the NSA story an audience member asked the president that sums up today's farce quite well:
Q: There's people in our states and there's people that are in D.C. that will take and jeopardize what I feel is our national security and our troops' safety today for partisan advantage, for political advantage. They're starting an investigation in the Justice Department about the -- looking into this, where these leaks came from. Is the Justice Department going to follow through and, if necessary, go after the media to take and get the answers and to shut these leaks up?
The debut of Talon News' Bluegrass State bureau?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I watched that on Faux News today and smelled the 'stench of fauxness'. Funny how I couldn't find it on any other stations. The questions seemed stilted and complex while being overly verbose and expository/declaratory. The funniest part is how Mr. Bush stammers and yammers through an answer to a question he probably wrote himself 'in plain talk'. If I hear 'connect the dots' or 'fight them over there' one more time I'll puke.

1/11/2006 9:28 PM  
Blogger wendyo said...

I'm taking issue with the endless "Thu 'merican people gotta unnerstand...(excuse d'jour)" in his high-pitched and defensive bleat.

This boob has G O T t o G O!

1/11/2006 10:08 PM  
Anonymous exclab said...

The Dolt indeed
Dolt in the white house

1/11/2006 10:24 PM  
Blogger wendyo said...

(one syllable short in the middle line for a haiku, but a nice try.)

1/11/2006 10:35 PM  
Anonymous semper fubar said...

and, if necessary, go after the media to take and get the answers and to shut these leaks up?

"Take and get" republicans -- the perfect description of Bush's base!

1/12/2006 8:10 AM  
Anonymous Mike said...

Did Bush answer by declaring, "Victory in East Asia is imminent"?

1/12/2006 9:57 AM  
Blogger Roy said...

News Alert, Bush fields softball questions from predetermined audience. Next you'll be saying he sometimes misspeaks. (Although Bush did make it trendy to make fun of people with dislexia)

1/12/2006 12:19 PM  
Anonymous Lord said...

Any word he now plans the same screening for the White House press corps?

1/12/2006 1:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

from scotty's press gaggle yesterday:

Q Are those questions pre-screened, or --

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

1/12/2006 2:01 PM  
Blogger brian said...

Roy: that's a problem no matter what politician is doing it, just because people point it out about Bush doesn't mean anyone else is getting a free pass.

1/12/2006 3:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I saw this at this site. It is just like Bush's 5 minutes with the previous ex-state and defense secretaries on Iraq and calling it exchanging ideas. It is interesting that Powell had to leave the administration to get to see Bush.

What has this administration done within the last week to make us trust it now, when it has been deceiving us for over 5 years. Look, they even had their own fake news guy, Jeff Gannon (and maybe even Fox) and all those staged events - kicking people out. How about just his fall. Again to show Bush can talk on his own, the admin told us Bush had a non-rehearsed tele-conference with the troops. It turns out all questions and answers were rehearsed among other things. We saw Allison Barber, the deputy assistant defense secretary coaching. Bush couldn't handle talking on his own - to the people. Look what happened to him in China. He ran for the door and couldn't even get the darn thing open and did some odd turn-around 'at attention' posturing. No one could miss the universal God-sent symbolism: "Bush Has No Exit Strategy". These guys continue the pattern and the trend of saying one thing and doing another.

1/12/2006 5:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We have become an embarrasment to the world. He's dumber than a stump and got the roots to boot. I just can't understand why people I know can genuflect when they talk about him. Makes no sense. I've watched dear friends turn into warmongering, homophobic, xenophobic, Fox News Watching/Repeating, high fallutin zombies.

Really. I really can't sort it out.

1/13/2006 12:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Daily Show covered this and it was excellent. They really get it.

Here's another that gets it:

"He can use subtle code phrases all he likes, but the words coming out of this president's mouth might as well have been spoken by any two-bit dictator in the world.

Debate is good – just so you agree with him. And dissent on the Iraq war is fine – just so long as you don't mind aiding and abetting the terrorists."

I wonder where attacking the Dixie Chicks, Swifter Boaters, outing a CIA agent, Fox and Rush hand delieved Repub talking points, bypassing FISA, etc., etc., etc., fall into Bushs talk of "open and honest debate" --- and we'll assume he means in a civil Democratic society. Me thinks he likes "open and honest" when he controls everything.

Did he speak the truth here: "If this were a dictatorship, it would be a heck of a lot easier, just so long as I'm the dictator" ~ George W. Bush, December 18, 2000

1/13/2006 1:35 PM  
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