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Thursday, January 26, 2006

Okay, I'm just going to come out and say it...

I was listening to the President's press conference this morning on the radio and, honestly, I'm basically convinced that either he, his speech writers, or both, are quasi-morons. I don't know how else to put it. If it was just the phrasing, I might assume that the President is simply a poor speaker. That's okay. It would be funny, true, but lots of people aren't good public speakers.

And, I mean, he is a poor speaker. It's difficult to really grasp how poor since news reports about his speeches uniformly select the most coherent portions of his remarks to quote. To me, this falsifies the claims about a "liberal bias" in the news media since these attempts to conceal the President's blisteringly poor speaking only help improve his image, and cannot possibly be accidental. I haven't found an audio recording of the most recent press conferece yet, but it's a winner.

The thing is, it isn't just the phrasing or the mispronunciation, it's also the logical argumentation. Well, illogical argumentation might be a better way to put it. For example, if you check out the NPR story on the subject you find this:

President Bush defended anew his program of warrantless surveillance Thursday, saying "there's no doubt in my mind it is legal." He suggested that he might resist congressional efforts to change it.

"The program's legal, it's designed to protect civil liberties, and it's necessary," Bush told a White House news conference.

So, lemme get this straight: a program that many legal scholars say is illegal, that involves eavesdropping on Americans without a warrant (which traditionally has been regarded as a no-no), is designed to protect civil liberties? And war is peace, right? Of course, I forget that Bush belongs to a party that, for reasons that I shall not mention, rejects the idea of a constitutional right to privacy. So, hey, there's that.

Ironically, Bush doesn't even want Congress to help him out with all this:

Asked if he would support efforts in Congress to give him express authority to continue the program, Bush cited what he said was the extreme delicacy of the operation.

"It's so sensitive that if information gets out about how the program works, it will help the enemy," Bush said. "Why tell the enemy what we're doing?"

"We'll listen to ideas. If the attempt to write law is likely to expose the nature of the program, I'll resist it," the president said.

Which sounds to me more like he doesn't want the full truth to be revealed to the American people than anything else.

So, I don't have a real point here, aside from jusy saying, "Wow. I'm always amazed at how frightening this administration is." Or, to put it more succinctly using Delong's paradox (As related by Tom Bozzo): The Bush administration is always worse than you think, even after accounting for the fact that it's worse than you think.


Blogger Brayden said...

Besides being inconceivably incompetent, I'm also continually amazed at how brazen this administration can be.

"If the attempt to write law is likely to expose the nature of the program, I'll resist it," the president said.

Holy crap. That's almost as bad as Nixon firing the attorney general when he tried to enforce the law.

Thursday, January 26, 2006 11:44:00 AM  
Blogger Jeff said...

Good commentary about that very press conference Slate.

Sunday, January 29, 2006 12:11:00 AM  

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