January 21, 2005
Speech, Speechmust admit that I agree with only 30% of what President Bush stands for, and that I don't think he is fully qualified to be President. (I think a President should be reasonably articulate so that he doesn't inadvertantly make diplomatic gafs. Consciously intended gafs are fine, like the ones Reagan would make. Also, I think a President should be well-traveled, with a healthy sense of the world stage.)
In addition, I must admit that I agree with only 30% of what John Kerry stands for, and that I think he is even less qualified than George Bush to be President. (Despite media spin, a close and dispassionate examination of the Swift Boat Veterans arguments reveals that they have a strong case against Kerry.)
One day, historians will record that President Bush's speechwriter is among the best in United States history. His speeches read much better than Bush delivers them. (He is not Winston Churchill, or Tony Blair, both of whom wrote their own speeches.)
Read the text of Bush's Second Inaugural Speech. It is historic and breathtaking, both in content and rhetoric. This line is particularly good: "Democratic reformers facing repression, prison, or exile can know: America sees you for who you are: the future leaders of your free country."
I believe that only the ideologically committed against Bush will fail to be moved by this amazing speech. Go ahead. Take the time to read the whole thing.
*** To whom much is given, much shall be required...
Update: Check out the latest JibJab movie/song of Bush's second term.
Update: This column by Peggy Noonan offers fascinating criticism of the speech. Never take Peggy lightly.
Posted by witnit at January 21, 2005 8:49 AM
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