January 19, 2004

State of the President

Remember this skit?

No, no, wait, wait! Hear me out. You see, everyone gets an ostrich.. and then you eat the ostrich, then you raise the ostrich.. that way, no more ostriches! We are trying to get rid of all the ostriches, right? Anyone?
Yeah. It was funnier before the election.

How about stuff Bush has really been saying.

Last week, he repeatedly told Canadian Senior Strategist Scott Reid "You [sic] got a pretty face." Bush, amiable or just plain creepy? You decide! And with this very early entry, will the Academy remember him when the voting begins for "Most Awkward Come-On 2004?" This story really makes you wonder what Bush was like drunk.

Regarding my previous post on Bush claiming to be a civil rights giant -- that old link went stale. Here's some coverage from Bill Moyers. Search down for "human rights" (not "civil rights").

MOYERS: When you got inside Fortress Bush did you see the President?

AULETTA: I did.

I didn't get to interview him. What happened was I spent a day going… attending their meetings, the press meetings. They let me embed myself in the press operation and attend all their meetings from seven a.m. on.

And the President had an interview with the SUN, Rupert Murdoch's newspaper in England. Soft questions, I might add. They let me sit in the Oval Office for that interview and take notes. It was on the record.

And then at the end of the press… at this interview he came over to me and we were talking. We were talking about someone we both know in common, Tommy Bernstein, who is an activist on Human Rights. And I said, you know, your friend Tommy Bernstein, gets a lot of heat in New York for supporting you from his Democratic friends. And he said, "Bernie's a good guy." He has a nickname for everybody. So Bernie…

MOYERS: The President has a nickname for every…

AULETTA: Yeah. And then the President turned to me and said, "You know, no President has ever done [more] for human rights than I have." And I looked at him, I mean, I hope my mouth didn't drop. But I'm thinking Woodrow Wilson. I mean, Jimmy Carter. And I quote that. I use that quote in the piece.

[Update: there was a typo in that article. Here's yet another link that contains the president's quote. Thanks, Mike.]

Posted by James at January 19, 2004 12:59 PM
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eeee. that article on the Scotts creeps me out a bit; and really, there's not much that can be said in response to a headline like that, is there? :)

Posted by: beth at January 19, 2004 3:21 PM

Ahh. See, I thought he had claimed that no president had done BETTER for human rights than he, but that's not what he said. "You know, no President has ever done for human rights than I have." Maybe he was talking about bad things (although I think human rights got stomped on pretty bad in WW2 with the Japanese-American and Italian-American internment camps).

Posted by: julie at January 20, 2004 10:16 AM

That missing word makes all the difference. The actual quote was, "No President has ever done more for human rights than I have."

Posted by: Mike at January 20, 2004 2:49 PM

Darn it. Darn it.

I had read that other article, so I glossed over the missing word when I read this link.

Damn press.

Posted by: James at January 20, 2004 3:46 PM

Adding "more" doesn't remove the ambiguity. You could interpret that as "more good," but you could also read it as "more evil." :)

But then, I thought the "So glad I voted for Bush" bumper sticker was supposed to be sarcastic, so maybe you shouldn't ask me. (Not that you did. ;)

Posted by: julie at January 20, 2004 4:42 PM

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