Friday, July 06, 2007

Tough Crowd

For the past few years I've called on the President to conduct a town hall meeting in which he takes questions from the public on Iraq. A Monday night in Joliet or Allentown or Fresno, prime time, unscripted, first-come for tickets, random questions with no prescreening by aides, and family members of servicemen in the audience. I still retain a tiny sliver of respect for him as president. But at this point I think his refusal to leave the bubble can only be described as cowardice. When was his last prime time news conference, by the way?

On July 4th, Bush ventured into the most hostile territory he's seen in a while: a C-5 maintenance hangar at the West Virginia Air National Guard. The word count from his speech:

Terror/terrorists: 11
September 11th: 7
Enemies: 6
The Almighty/God: 5
Al Qaeda: 4
Variations of "fighting them over there instead of here": 3
Insurgents: 1
Sunni: 0
Shia: 0

According to the transcript, he was interrupted by applause and/or laughter thirty times.

9 Comments:

Anonymous wtf said...

On what is your sliver of respect based?

7/06/2007 7:53 AM  
Blogger The Cunning Realist said...

More a function of the office than the man....

7/06/2007 8:11 AM  
Blogger Grodge said...

Like respecting all left-fielders, except Manny Ramirez and Barry Bonds?

7/06/2007 11:18 AM  
Blogger Grodge said...

Like respecting all left-fielders, except Manny Ramirez and Barry Bonds?

7/06/2007 11:18 AM  
Anonymous mary said...

Well, it seems to me that those who respect the office of president (myself included) should be calling for the impeachment of Bush. Unfortunately, this wouldn't be a very useful exercise, what with the shortage of time (thank the lord!) combined with the Democrats' slim majority and the Republicans' inability to stand up to the president.

7/06/2007 12:34 PM  
Blogger Vercules said...

Seen this yet?
http://www.shoutwire.com/viewstory/77290/Zeitgeist_The_Movie_Official_Release_Full_Film
Quite interesting. Part two of the film is a bit over the top, but the film has some good messages as well.
1hour55min.

7/06/2007 2:37 PM  
Anonymous ohreally said...

Respect for the office demands disrespect for the current occupant.

Maintaining a "sliver of respect" for a man who has utterly defiled the office he holds makes no sense at all.

I would manage a sliver of respect for him if he resigned, promised never to leave Crawford again, promised never to speak in public again, and learned how to pronounce "nuclear."

But only a sliver.

7/06/2007 3:02 PM  
Anonymous Fledermaus said...

For the past few years I've called on the President to conduct a town hall meeting in which he takes questions from the public on Iraq.

Bwahahahahahaha! That's a good one, TCR. I needed a good laugh

7/06/2007 5:53 PM  
Anonymous goldhorder said...

I don't have respect for either. The whole constitutional republic thing degraded into democracy just like many of our founders thought it would. It was a good idea at the time...but their worst fears came true. We should burn DC to the ground and go back to something like the articles of confederation after the massive economic collapse that is unavoidable. Our Cassandra(David Walker) was on 60 minutes talking about it again on Sunday.

7/09/2007 1:25 PM  

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