November 25, 2003

A Flub and A Dub for Dubya

POST #    591

It seems like Republicans have continued to (or started to, whatever works for you) manipulate the American public. In last year's State of the Union, "our" "president" read, "It would take one vial, one canister, one crate, slipped into this country to bring a day of horror like none we have ever known." But Bush messed up what he was saying (as if this comes as a shock), stumbling between the words "one" and "vial." He also pronounced the "v" in vial as if it were a "w." In a new commercial by the RNC has removed the pause between the words and replaced the "w" sound. What's next? Fake wars where we seek weapons of mass destructions? Sounds like Wag the Dog to me.

- Technological Dub Erases a Bush Flub for a Republican Ad (I love the quote at the end of the article - "Changing the sense of something is a serious issue, this isn't that. But it does change the sound of leadership. It's relevant for a president whose narrative is that he's inarticulate.")

Posted by tien mao in Politics at 1:40 PM




I agree with you that Dubya is not articulate, but I don't think "Republicans" are the problem. That's a pretty broad generalization, don't ya think? I'm not a republican or a democrat, but I've worked on Capitol Hill and I can tell you that there are just as many fraudulent Democrats as Republicans. A politician is a politician....I'm suspicious of some of the reasons the administration used for the Iraq invasion too, but if you will think back five or so years ago, you'll remember that a certain democrat named Clinton misled the American public on national TV and then did it again under oath before a federal jury. So if we're going to generalize, let's just say that most politicians generally mislead and not just Republicans.

Posted by: Michael at November 26, 2003 12:27 AM

that said..I came upon your site while looking for TMQ when it was taken off of ESPN and I really enjoy reading it (your site). Keep it up...

Posted by: Michael at November 26, 2003 12:33 AM

michael - i'm not sure that i said that only republicans are liars, but i guess that this line: "It seems like Republicans have continued to (or started to, whatever works for you) manipulate the American public," could lead people to think that. when i typed that, i was referring to the current administration more than the party as a whole.

that said, i agree with you when you say that politicians in general aren't the most truthful of people, but my selective memory allows me to forget bill's little "incident" in the white house with an intern.

maybe i'll look past the donor, whitewater, and pardon stuff too...

also, it's good to know that you like the site. i hope you keep reading it. don't hesitate to comment either.

Posted by: tien at November 26, 2003 7:29 AM

Its a shame that we can't find more inspiring people to be our political leaders anymore. With few exceptions, most politicians have trouble telling the truth, sticking to their morals, or have some sort of skeleton in their closet.

Particularly with the office of the president...maybe that has to do with all of the negatives that come with the job, i.e. the hell it causes for your family and the responsibility of being the most powerful person in the world. The average joe out there who has lived a clean life and has some sense wouldn't ever want to subject themselves to that kind of pressure. And if they did, chances are they wouldn't get elected anyway. I just wish someone that both sides could embrace would step forward. Obviously it ain't G.W., and I don't see any of the democratic candidates being that person either. Maybe someone will surprise me....

Sorry for the long post. I had a lot to get out.

Posted by: Michael at November 26, 2003 10:49 AM

i think that the whole system doesn't exactly encourage inspirational leadership. while someone might have morals going into an election, once in office, there are so many things that hinder any difference they would want to make. fund raising before getting to office makes any politician somewhat indebted to political donors. and once in office, they have to worry about re-election. and it's harder for newly elected officials to make a big difference, especially in washington. and what would people back home think if you didn't get anything done that you set out to do when you were running for office. it's a wonder anything gets done in washington. i guess that's why there is all the political deal making.

Posted by: tien at November 26, 2003 11:55 AM

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