Bush speech: "From now on, I am a Democrat"

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I don't know how you can

I don't know how you can watch/listen to him. I had to turn it off. It's incompetence incarnate..and I can't take it.

I'm wondering how they're going to justify the next tax cut, personally.

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Posted by carla (not verified) on 15 September 2005 - 9:34pm
Someone has been coaching him

Even in his UN speech, he was smirky snickering snide dude, just like Jon Stewarts caricature.

But in this speech he avoided those tones. If I were crass, I'd say he got a blow job before hand, to mellow him out. But if course, I'm much too proper to say such a thing.

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Posted by media girl on 15 September 2005 - 10:06pm
he had to pitch a different

he had to pitch a different mask to convince us of his new and improved Clintonrama aura, known as "demorep" president, I feel your pain, but no tears..

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Posted by anonymous lurker (not verified) on 16 September 2005 - 1:15pm
Rough Tougher Democrat

If the the Dems are becoming "kinder gentler Republicans," is Bush leading the GOP into being "rough tougher Democrats?" Are "heavier Democrats" the answer to "Republicans lite?"

Film at eleven.

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Posted by Matsu on 16 September 2005 - 12:18am
I don't buy it.

I wouldn't trust that guy with the proceeds from a lemonade stand. He's the incompetent leader of group that is out to destroy our government and leave the people to the mercy of corporate interests. They're already using Katrina to say "see, government doesn't work - you need faith-based agencies to take care of you." It's all bullshit. They're already divvying up the spoils, real estate speculators are ready to pounce, the Conservative Elite of the city are scheming to keep "poverty and crime" - that's the code word for black people - from becoming a problem again.

The Bush administration will never do anything that benefits the American people over corporate interests.

Support the Women's Autonomy and Sexual Sovereignty Movements

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Posted by Morgaine Swann on 16 September 2005 - 12:35am
He's put Karl Rove in charge

He's put Karl Rove in charge of the reconstruction. How much room for optimism is there in that?

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Posted by Jesurgislac (not verified) on 16 September 2005 - 4:23am
it is the same old GWB in

it is the same old GWB in action, politicize every cause...so, what experience does K.Rove have in disaster management. Not to worry he is the slime machine expert

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Posted by anonymous lurker (not verified) on 16 September 2005 - 1:09pm
Not much

But I still question whether he can spin out of this, or that the Republicans can come off as having the better solutions, when they've been saying all along how they don't believe in government.

Well, their bullshit isn't going to rebuild the devastation, and people want results.

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Posted by media girl on 16 September 2005 - 10:06am
I could not believe my ears

I could not believe my ears when I heard GWBush, it seemed so clintonesque with all those federal goodies...

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Posted by anonymous lurker (not verified) on 16 September 2005 - 1:05pm
Spend, spend, spend.

Where's the dickweed gonna get the money for this? Right, from you and me, and from our kids down the road. Watch inflation become an issue soon. Inflation is the stealthy way that gub'mints steal your money. Three con jobs: gargantuan tax-cuts, mainly for the wealthy (1 $trillion and counting), the illegal and immoral invasion of Iraq ($300 billion and counting), and the promise of at least $200 billion to rebuild the city of Naw'lins, the money for which will likely go to corporations which will kick back egregious amounts to the Repugnants campaigns.

Buy gold and silver and say goodbye to Hollywood.

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Posted by Dilbert (not verified) on 16 September 2005 - 1:30pm
Yeah all that aid Bush

Yeah all that aid Bush promised ought to be delivered right about the time the billions in AIDS money for Africa gets there and the rivers of molten lava in hell harden under the ice.

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Posted by The Fool (not verified) on 16 September 2005 - 1:32pm
Here's the thing

He cannot do anything without going against the conservative screed that government is the enemy. Even if he's just pretending, he's pretending to be progressive.

And that's a forfeit on the political debate.

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Posted by media girl on 17 September 2005 - 12:27am
What's really going on

Everyone was listening to his speech. That's not what's going on. What's going on is (a) he wiped out minimum wage for all of the reconstruction work, (b) he's letting companies like Haliburton get the big contracts to do work, and (c) he's put Rove in charge (who has no experience in managing these kind of things but is a whiz at negative PR). The speech was just to CYA, to save his posterior, because his ratings are down. He's always spent everyone else's money like water, because he never learned the value of it; he's outspent any Democrat and will have our grandchildren paying for it, not to mention the fact that the Chinese and Asian countries, which hold our bonds, will help us to collapse as a viable country some time in the future because of our debt. That's what's going on. He's reckless and has no principles and has destroyed conservatism as a real alternative.

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Posted by OC Patriot (not verified) on 17 September 2005 - 1:15am
Absolutely right

I didn't mean to imply he had a real conversion. What I see, though, is a change in our political culture. And that's huge.

The question, it seems to me, is whether we as a country (and the world) can survive before Bush and his allies run it into the ditch.

media girl's picture
Posted by media girl on 17 September 2005 - 7:21am
How about us?

Now we keep fighting within us saying you are conservative, you are liberal.

Now if Bush did not do what he was supposed to do before Hurricane hit and later he realized he made a mistake, he is trying to cover for it.

Why is he covering it and who is he covering for?

He or his troupe still has the fear of the voters.Maybe not conscience but fear.

Now what we do? Did we come up with some method of holding these people accountable?

I'm certain, there were lot of things that went wrong during Clinton time.

Now Bush as people cite, Afghan war, Iraq War, Economy, Hurricane..etc.

Now if you seen the voting, the country has been divided into two polarities for the past two elections and the result is it shows the country divided into two for the past 5 years.

Now the politicians have been successful in making us fight with each other about it. They keep their big balances, palatial homes, get their tax cuts, don't send their kids to draft/war, if we keep going there are lots of things we find not fair.

But do we come together and hold each of these people accountable for what they did?

Do we ask the Bush govt to account for what is going on in Afghan war?

do we account him for the mistakes before 9/11?

Do we account them for a senior FBI Official asking the FBI officer to destroy a memo issued two years before 9/11 that contains information about Atta being a terrorist?

Do we account the President for the Iraq war?

Do we account the President for the mistakes in Katrina.

President said nobody has forseen the impact of Katrina.

But National Weather Forecast Center and National Hurricane Warning center (forgive me if I got the names wrong, but they have something to do with the name meaning) warned the federal, local, fema officials before the war.

Bush himself took a briefing about the danger of Katrina and the damage it could cause from the Chief of hurricane warning center which the media has photographs of.

Now everything is a strategy to feed the people's feelings.

There is no political accountability /corporate accountability/public accountability.

For us it's just a fading news. We will just talk about it until the media shows it and we don't care about it when the media doesn't give weightage and the media is also biased as usual.

Now if we are not holding the leaders accountable then why the hell would they care about you?

If you have something charged to your credit card and you realize that it was not something you charged or even if you have the slightest hint that it's a wrong charge you call up the credit card service and have the rep take it off.

For such a simple thing we are careful.

But the leaders we choose who rip us off with taxes, high gas prices, higher bills, leave a heavy debt to our children by footing wars which we did not need and spending hundreds of billions of dollars on it, no we do not hold them accountable.

That's us. Even when we are educated we behave worse than a 3rd world country in holding the leaders accountable.

What is the point of one being a liberal or democrat when either of them can't hold their leader accountable but start fighting with each other to prove their leader is great. We know mistakes are made, but our ego is such that , the leaders feed it and we keep fighting with each other and forget the point of what they are there for.

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Posted by DeMile (not verified) on 17 September 2005 - 7:35am
My main concern

My main concern is that we don't obsess too much about nailing Bush (who sorely deserves it, certainly) and focus on the real war objective, which is restoring progressive values in the public political dialogue, and steering the entire country away from this insane conservatism that has treated government as nothing but a problem.

Now people can see that government really is a tool of the people, government serves the people, and that is a much bigger thing than realizing Bush is an idiot.

This is about the bankruptcy of conservative ideology. This is about having people who hate government running government, and then dealing with the consequences.

This is so much bigger than Bush and company. Yes, let's hold them accountable, if possible (I bet he'll pardon everyone), but realize that people now are seeing the world differently than they did in the last election. That's the real opportunity here.

media girl's picture
Posted by media girl on 17 September 2005 - 8:54am
Bush Oy

Same old wine in a brand new bottle. Or is it same old whine in a brand new package? The deception embedded in Bush's bold words is that whereas "progressive" programs of the past have had a goal of benefits for the people with defined costs, Bush's open ended, ill defined "program" is nothing more than a systemic series of charades designed to line his cronies pockets. See Iraq rebuilding.

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Posted by The Heretik on 17 September 2005 - 9:44pm