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Wednesday, April 14, 2004

President Addresses the Nation in Prime Time Press Conference

Here's your "What the fuck?" moment of the day:

In response to a question regarding how he would answer those who assert the "coalition" in Iraq is merely "window dressing," and a further question asking "And can you assure the American people that post-sovereignty, when the handover takes place, that there will be more burden sharing by allies, in terms of security forces," the Resident offers up this gem:
...my response is, I don't think people ought to demean the contributions of our friends into Iraq. People are sacrificing their lives in Iraq, from different countries. We ought to honor that, and we ought to welcome that. I'm proud of the coalition that is there. This is a -- these are people that have -- the gut leaders have made the decision to put people in harm's way for the good of the world. And we appreciate that sacrifice in America. We appreciate that commitment.
So, instead of an honest answer, we get the usual sidestepping to an issue no one has brought up; rather than demeaning the "contributions of our friends," the question was addressing the obvious fiction of a large-scale multinational involvement. I know the guy has a difficult time speaking without a script, but simply creating controversy where none existed to avoid giving a direct answer to a straightforward question is ridiculous. And you have to admit, this guy does it well. (I'm doing research to find out who these "gut leaders" might be; I'll report back when I find something.)

After rambling about meeting with brave leaders who have strong resolve (as well as bringing up the tired "what if we didn't do this in Japan?" schtick), Bush delivers the biggest bait-'n'-switch of the evening, and the true object of this "What the Fuck" moment:
Some of the debate really center [sic] around the fact that people don't believe Iraq can be free; that if you're Muslim, or perhaps brown-skinned, you can't be self-governing and free. I strongly disagree with that. I reject that, because I believe that freedom is the deepest need of every human soul, and, if given a chance, the Iraqi people will be not only self-governing, but a stable and free society.
(All together now...) Where exactly, outside of Texas, is ANYONE saying Iraq can't be free because the darkies can't handle freedom? Not only is this guy creating a racial/civilizational issue out of thin air, he is also taking a firm stance against it. "Bush 2004: He knows the Muslims can do it!" The really sad part is that I can imagine Bushites all over the U.S. of A. simultaneously nodding in full agreement--people who normally think the life of one American soldier isn't worth the lives of 100 "dark-skinned" persons anywhere--at Bush's implication that his critics really feel Arabs to be an inferior people.

And he never even answered the goddamn question.

Back in the real world, one of my lifelong dreams is going to be fulfilled tonight. I finally get to share the same breathing-speace with one of my childhood idols.

I'm going to see "Weird Al" Yankovic tonight. It all feels pretty surreal; it's probably a similar feeling that Catholics get when they meet the Pope. The evening will be even more unreal considering recent events in Al's personal life.


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