November 20, 2003

Ouch, Ouch and Ouch

Ken Livingstone, the mayor of London, captured the spirit of the moment when he told NPR that the Republican National Committee should foot the bill for Mr. Bush's extraordinary security, the largest police operation ever in Great Britain. All this, he harrumphed, "just so George Bush can use a few clips of him and the queen in his campaign advertisements for re-election next year."

There was a dispiriting contrast between G.W.B. shutting out the world and avoiding the British public, and the black-and-white clips this week of J.F.K. reaching out to the world and being adored by Berliners.

There was also a dispiriting contrast between the Bush administration, hiding the returning coffins of U.S. soldiers and avoiding their funerals, and the moving pictures of the Italian politicians and people, honoring their dead with public ceremonies and a week of mourning.

(Link - Maureen Dowd, NYT Editorial)

Posted by James at November 20, 2003 1:01 PM
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The President's romp through Merry Olde England will be the topic of tonight's (Thursday) Nightline. Originally they were going to do it on Tuesday, but then the gay marriage decision was announced.

Then they were going to do it yesterday, but that Michael Jackson thing happened. Talk about trading one freakshow for another. What that means for us is that Nightline will have an extra two days' worth of footage to work with of president Dumbass's freakshow in London.

Also tonight, Wes Clark will be the guest on Letterman.

Posted by: julie at November 20, 2003 2:51 PM

Bad form with that "president Dumbass" bit, Jules. You really should capitalize "President" when used in that context.

Thanks for the Nightline heads up. There was a great video of Clark wiping the floor with some FOX News flunkie for distorting his opinion.

Who needs professional sports?

Posted by: James at November 20, 2003 3:04 PM

Hmmm - I meant to say that I needed to dig up a link to that Clark video. Work always gets in the way of blogging.

Posted by: James at November 20, 2003 3:22 PM

That's the one!

They started right out with a negative tone, setting him up.

One thing that pisses me off so often with FOX is how they slam you with a plastic smile. [expletive deleted]

Posted by: James at November 20, 2003 10:14 PM

I don't have a sound card. :( I dozed off during Nightline, though I did catch most of Clark on Letterman.

Posted by: julie at November 21, 2003 9:17 AM

Did everyone catch the classic photos of Dubbya looking extremely nervous as he walked past the line of British soldiers presenting arms with bayonetted rifles? How much you want to bet he's saying to himself "boy I hope none of these guys lost a friend in Iraq and decides to take a little revenge right now by jambing his bayonette in my throat"

Posted by: Bob at November 21, 2003 11:03 AM

I didn't catch those photos, but I'll keep my eyes peeled.

Posted by: James at November 21, 2003 11:53 AM

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