Friday, November 28, 2003

It's got to be infuriating

I remember during the dark days of the 90s every time Clinton would get into trouble, every goddamn time, he would run home to one of his bases - a college campus, a black church, a Hollywood fundraiser and he would be treated like the Second Freaking Coming.

There was no crime too horrible to commit that twenty minutes of call and response in a Southern Baptist Church couldn't cure. He would abuse power, delight in indiscretions and treat the Executive branch like his fan club, and yet Speilberg and Co. would welcome him back and give him *more* money.

Drove me up the wall. Left me shouting at the television. Bad craziness. Finally gave up on politics.

Bush, in his brief words to the troops, had little of the braggadocio from his May 1 speech and much of the grim determination from his bullhorn speech.

There were no pithy slogans on banners behind him. "You're engaged in a difficult mission," he said, with a poor amplification quality that fit the improvised nature of the trip. "Those who attack our coalition forces and kill innocent Iraqis are testing our will."

But, he added to applause, "We did not charge hundreds of miles into the heart of Iraq, pay a bitter cost in casualties, defeat a brutal dictator and liberate 25 million people only to retreat before a band of thugs and assassins."
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I understand how the Left feels, I honsetly do. The man goes out and does something like this and he leaves the other side flabbergasted. For a few moments, he is untouchable. He has risen above the fray and reminded us what presidents are supposed to do.

And he has underscored the point of his presidency -- "We will not tire, we will not falter and we will not fail."
Beats the shit out of Hollywood fundraisers


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