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I shouldn't be surprised that Bush chose to give his speech in front of a well stage managed set. I wonder how many generators they had to drag in to dramatically light the St. Louis Cathedral.

I'm listening to his speech, but I can't stand to watch his face. His insincere, smirking face. He's trying to look reassuring, kind, hopeful. He's such a poor speech reader that it makes me mad. Especially since he's even worse off the cuff. It's too much to hear him talk about how his cabinet is going to look at their own performance and make changes. It's too much to hear him attempt to address the overwhelming poverty of the region and how he's going to help fix that. The truth is, he doesn't care about black people... but he cares about the poor even less and he's proved that every day of his administration.

It's amazing that he took responsibility. That's not like him. But, as Karl said "Man, his approval numbers must have bottomed out".

No one expected the president to stop a hurricane. They did expect him to *care* even a little about the aftermath BEFORE the cameras showed up and BEFORE his approval numbers dropped.

Sometimes, while watching him speak, I feel like I'm stuck in a dystopic future-land movie. One so stereotypical and banal I would laugh through it. I've disliked political people before. I've never *hated* them before this one. I don't understand how anyone can listen to him read off of his teleprompter and honestly gain a sense that he means ANY of what has been written for him to say. I can't relate to that in any way.

Start off your day with coffee and needles under your nails!


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Sep. 16th, 2005 03:19 pm (UTC)
I hear you loud and clear sister!
It is all such a farce! If he really cared about poor people he would have raised min. wage to 10$ an hour and regulate over time to aggregate the jobs and the wealth. Of course our officials would never take a pay cut so our Tax money could go to more useful like lowering our poverty levels and making public transportation more efficient for the poor.
I know I joke about being poor my self, but when I think about it I should be ashamed... I have more food in my fridge than most low income families and certainly more than those who have lost every thing in any natural disaster.
Oh an that look on his face, I couldnt agree with you more. It made me want to spit on my own TV.
Sep. 16th, 2005 08:55 pm (UTC)
Now, more than ever, we must eliminate the estate tax
Yeah, but he only took responsibility "to the extent that the federal government didn't fully do its job right." Of course, it's almost entirely local (Democratic) officials fault, so...

But, yes, i'm surprised Shrub even accepted that much responsibility. As for his speech last night, i can't even listen to him anymore except in soundbytes, bookended by smartass commentary. However, this quote from the NY Times nicely illustrates his (most recent) disconnect with the American public:
"He was giving a speech as if the nation were disheartened and worried and had lost its spirit, but that's not what people were thinking," said Mickey Edwards, a former Republican congressman from Oklahoma. "They were thinking, why did the government screw up?"
Shrub and the Republican Congress, meanwhile, are diligently working to avoid answering that question...scuttling the "establishment of an independent, bipartisan panel patterned after the 9/11 Commission."

That would be playing the blame game, which is wrong...except towards Democrats.
Sep. 18th, 2005 01:09 am (UTC)
I just can't stand to listen to him anymore. At all. Not even one word at a time. I've been getting my hurricane news from this science-fiction editor's blog, also some nifty cooking tips for habaneros that I will never, ever get to use unless I want Merlin dead. I really hate her food allergies...

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