No New Tale To Tell: Bush's Speech
This was supposed to win support for the war? This was supposed to be a big speech that would soothe the nation? This was supposed to revive his poll ratings among independents, who now stand with Democrats at around 78% against the war?
I'm at a loss. I thought he'd say something new in the face of all that.
It was nothing but a summarization of the same bullet points he's said again and again about the war, with the magic words "9/11" sprinkled liberally throughout. I found myself thinking, Does he pay people to write this for him? Aren't big, important speeches supposed to seem big and important? Stirring, inspiring, that kind of thing?
An admin assistant could have written this merely by cutting and pasting from all his speeches on Iraq since the war began. And probably did.
Add to this incredibly dull delivery and the same light blue background Fox uses to make Alan Colmes look weak, and I can't recall when I've been so bored in my life. It didn't help that he chose to deliver it at Fort Bragg, to an audience that couldn't applaud(they were standing at attention) when he walked to the stage, in utter silence. It had a grim, gangplank air to it.