Monday, September 04, 2006
The speech writers have left the building
Here's a brief excerpt from George Bush's Labor Day Speech (AP)
If politicians like Al Gore or John Kerry had given a speech that just consisted of a series of obvious statements, with repetition of each point to make it all doubly obvious, they'd be attacked for being "patronizing". Probably because people regarded them as too intelligent and somehow separate from the common man.
But when George Bush gives such a speech, that doesn't happen. Everyone knows that, even with his Ivy League education, this is both barrels. No one entertains hopes for thoughtful insights or inspiring oratory.
How far we have fallen from Presidents like Lincoln, or Teddy Roosevelt or Ronald Reagan who said something quotable almost every time they opened their mouths.
I worry that the two most memorable Presidential quotes of our time are going to be "I did not have sex with that woman... Miss Lewinski." and "Fool me once, shame on you, Fool me twice... uh... uh..."