October 5, 2006

THINK MAYBE IT'S A PROBLEM THAT THE MSM HAD NO IDEA WHAT HE MEANT?:

'Just a Comma' Becomes Part of Iraq Debate: Opponents See Bush's Words on War as Insensitive or as Code for Religious Right (Peter Baker, 10/05/06, Washington Post)

When the president speaks, every word can be subject to scrutiny. Even the punctuation marks.

As he heads out on the campaign trail, haunted by an unpopular war, President Bush has begun reassuring audiences that this traumatic period in Iraq will be seen as "just a comma" in the history books. By that, aides say, he means to reinforce his message of resolve in the long struggle for Iraqi democracy.

But opponents of the war have seized on the formulation, seeing it as evidence that Bush is indifferent to suffering. To them, it sounds as if the president is dismissing more than 2,700 U.S. troop deaths as "just a comma." And a lively Internet debate has broken out about the origins of the phrase, with some speculating that Bush means it as a coded message to religious supporters, evoking the aphorism "Never put a period where God has put a comma."


Given the casualty reports that came across their desks, do you think George Washington, Abe Lincoln or FDR would consider it even a comma?

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 5, 2006 8:16 AM
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