Monday, October 23, 2006

He Must Really Think We're Idiots


"Well, listen, we've never been 'stay the course', George."

-- George W. Bush, to George Stephanopoulos, on This Week.

As Crooks & Liars points out, as usual there was no follow-up question. Such as, "Are you fucking kidding me?"

10 comments:

norm said...

Yeah...I remember..."Stay the course" was a phrase coined by the Democrats and the liberal media to make Kerry look strong in the last election.
Kerry was all "We won't cut and run. We will stay the course."
And Bush was like, "No way dude, you've got to be flexible. If something's not working you've got to change it."
Luckily the public saw through Kerry's "strong man" posturing and voted for Bush's more thoughtful, reasoned approach.

norm said...

Seriously though, if you want to give in to utter despair, I saw a thing on 20/20 (I think) where they gave two identical cups of plain yogurt with chocolate syrup to people and asked them which strawberry yogurt tasted most like strawberries.
Everyone tasted strawberries.

I'm sure that's the kind of thing Bush is counting on.
Heck it already worked pretty well with his "We've never connected Iraq to 911"

norm said...

WASHINGTON, July 10, 2003 – The United States "will stay the course" in Iraq, President Bush said today in Gaberone, Botswana, following a meeting with President Festus Gontebanye Mogae.

April 13, 2004
THE PRESIDENT: I think the analogy is false. I also happen to think that analogy sends the wrong message to our troops, and sends the wrong message to the enemy. Look, this is hard work. It's hard to advance freedom in a country that has been strangled by tyranny. And, yet, we must stay the course, because the end result is in our nation's interest.

peeky said...

um, if we even have to POINT OUT that this is a different message, much less ARGUE about it, then we should just install Hussein as King of America right now, as an immediate replacement for the empty dried-out husk sitting in the oval office. also, we may need to replace at least two-thirds of civilians.

Michael Markowitz said...

Last night Keith Olbermann showed a hilarious (yet sad) montage of all of Bush's "stay the courses", followed by infuriating footage of Tony Snow explaining to reporters that the President simply stopped using the phrase "stay the course" because we were all misunderstanding him, and that he never meant what WE think of as "stay the course"

In other words, we're the idiots.

And now we have a timetable. That isn't a timetable. Once anyone who suggested a timetable was cut and run. But now... Grrrrrr....

norm said...

I'm so stupid.
It actually shocks me that little six year old Iraqi kids with their skulls crushed in and American sons and daughters blasted to bloody bits wasn't incentive enough to rethink the strategy in Iraq....and yet, the threat of a loss of power for the Republican party was.

That is so fucking fucking fucking evil.

peeky said...

Other rebuttals to common questions/comments from desperate and exhausted republicans:
- "Would it have been better if we JUST LEFT saddam hussein in charge? Huh?"
answer: yes. yes it would. now stop asking that.
- "If Clinton was in charge, um, um, [fill in the blank with something not nearly as horrific and catastrophic as the current state of things.]
answer: shhhh. it's time to be quiet now.

Michael Markowitz said...

I know! I love when they ask that "Would it be better if Saddam were still there?" Why do so few people have the guts to say "YES!"

And, as I never get tired of pointing out, Saddam Hussein is on trial for things he did BEFORE Donald Rumsfeld shook hands with him.

peeky said...

MM: I think no one says it because it's an upsetting thing to say when so many have died in the name of this cause, whatever it may be.

Michael Markowitz said...

Peeky, you're absolutely right. It's the preposterous idea that we honor our troops by not admitting they have been fighting for a mistake. Obviously, it is no dishonor on them. Rather it is is a disgrace to them to continue to make them fight once we REALIZE it was a mistake. As John Kerry famously said of Vietnam, how do we ask someone to be the last one to die for this war?

By the way, the Bush administration's "stay the course or we dishonor the troops" thinking is the EXACT SAME thinking that keeps casinos in clover. You've been sitting there losing money for two hours. You should quit... but if you do, then you have no chance of winning your money back and it was all for nothing. So you sit there and lose the rest of your money. Then you play some more. It's wrong in gambling, and it's REALLY wrong in statecraft.