January 20, 2004

Neither liberty nor safety

Filed under: Uncategorized — tomemos @ 9:20 pm

There was exactly one good moment in the State of the Union Address tonight, and predictably it happened before Bush entered the room. I was watching on ABC, and they were doing their customary tour of the room, pointing out Cabinet members, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and so on. They got to Cheney, and Peter Jennings uttered a great, albeit unintentional, truth: “Vice President Cheney, in the charge…in the chair, pardon me…”

It was all downhill from there.



  1. Eargh. I still haven’t read/seen the speech, though I know someone who wrote a giant spoof of it…*sygh*

    Y’know, I’m no fan of Bush or the government, but the way Brits casually dismiss America as the most corrupt country on earth makes me wince.

    Comment by Ash — January 22, 2004 @ 6:20 am

  2. Sure, but can you blame them? All they’ve heard from us for two years is Bush and his crew saying outrageous things. And they’re the only other country in the world that was truly led into war in Iraq. Frankly, I’d rather they unfairly dismissed the US outright (as they seem to do) than believe Tony Blair’s line that we’re a noble ally fighting for the safety of the world.

    Comment by Tom — January 22, 2004 @ 11:17 am

  3. Oh no, I can’t blame them for thinking so at all; that’s why I wince. *rueful gryn*

    They don’t dismiss the US, but they sort of hold us in astonished disgust, as though they can’t believe we have the power we have while being such idiots. In fairness, they treat individual Americans very nicely.

    Comment by Fae — January 23, 2004 @ 3:21 pm

  4. That’s exactly how *I* feel. Finally… i’m British.


    Comment by Brian — January 24, 2004 @ 10:17 pm

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