February 22, 2005

SORRY? I WAS BUSY SHRIEKING:

Europeans, lend Bush your ears (Reginald Dale, February 22, 2005, International Herald Tribune)

(MADISON, Virginia) A woman who is no fan of President George W. Bush in this rural red-state community recently wrote the local paper boasting she had switched off the president's State of the Union address after only five minutes. She then proceeded to castigate his policies on Iraq and the Middle East for the best part of 600 words.

Of course, having missed most of what he said, she got it completely wrong, all the less surprisingly as she also proudly admitted her views were heavily influenced by Hollywood movies. Her irrational if entertaining letter would be trivial were it not representative of a much wider conundrum surrounding the Bush presidency: Why is that so many people think they know what Bush thinks, while so few appear to listen to what he says?


It's especially triue because the President is so utterly transparent. It is the case that if you listen to him he'll tell you exactly what he thinks and what he's going to do.

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 22, 2005 12:00 AM
Comments

Actually, one of the reasons I decided to vote for Bush back in 2000 was listening to someone I know scream at the TV during the debates so much that he couldn't hear that Bush was saying stuff he agreed with.

Posted by: Governor Breck at February 22, 2005 6:37 AM

Give the Brights credit for a breakthrough: screaming makes going air-to-foot so much easier.

Posted by: Luciferous at February 22, 2005 2:46 PM
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