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Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Presidential Address

Well, I thought the Presidential Address struck the right tone and gave the right message. However, as with almost all Bush speeches, I wished someone with more skills as an orator was delivering it. I thought it could've been a great, historical speech, but his "style" may have eliminated that possibility.

If Clinton or Reagan had given that speech, it'd have been better - but that's probably something that we all knew going into the speech.
text of the speech here. Here's the part that struck me:

[...]
To the soldiers in this hall, and our servicemen and women across the globe: I thank you for your courage under fire and your service to our nation. I thank our military families -- the burden of war falls especially hard on you. In this war, we have lost good men and women who left our shores to defend freedom and did not live to make the journey home. I've met with families grieving the loss of loved ones who were taken from us too soon. I've been inspired by their strength in the face of such great loss. We pray for the families. And the best way to honor the lives that have been given in this struggle is to complete the mission.

I thank those of you who have re-enlisted in an hour when your country needs you. And to those watching tonight who are considering a military career, there is no higher calling than service in our Armed Forces. We live in freedom because every generation has produced patriots willing to serve a cause greater than themselves. Those who serve today are taking their rightful place among the greatest generations that have worn our nation's uniform. When the history of this period is written, the liberation of Afghanistan and the liberation of Iraq will be remembered as great turning points in the story of freedom.

After September the 11th, 2001, I told the American people that the road ahead would be difficult, and that we would prevail. Well, it has been difficult -- and we are prevailing. Our enemies are brutal, but they are no match for the United States of America, and they are no match for the men and women of the United States military.

May God bless you all.

Oh, and if any conservative that's jumped on Voinivich or Durbin over tearing up applauds the emotion that Bush showed, I'll have to point that out to them. Sure, it's understandable to tear up over those that dedicate their lives to serve in the US military... and it's totally confounding how someone can turn all blubbery over the possible appointment of a guy as UN ambassador or over your own stupid comments.

But, I'm just saying that as commentators have been making fun of those two instances, for consistency's sake, they'd better not make a big deal out of his emotional ending...

Meanwhile, the Dems are saying that the President didn't lay out a strategy... ( I thought I recall something about standing down when the iraqis stand up, but hey... i'm a nitpicker).

The folks at DU are mixed on this response from Harry Reid:
(Washington, DC) ³Tonight¹s address offered the President an excellent
opportunity to level with the American people about the current situation in
Iraq, put forth a path for success, and provide the means to assess our
progress. Unfortunately he fell short on all counts.

³There is a growing feeling among the American people that the President¹s
Iraq policy is adrift, disconnected from the reality on the ground and in
need of major mid-course corrections. ³Staying the course,² as the
President advocates, is neither sustainable nor likely to lead to the
success we all seek.

³The President¹s numerous references to September 11th did not provide a way
forward in Iraq, they only served to remind the American people that our
most dangerous enemy, namely Osama bin Laden, is still on the loose and Al
Qaeda remains capable of doing this nation great harm nearly four years
after it attacked America.

³Democrats stand united and committed to seeing that we achieve success in
Iraq and provide our troops, their families, and our veterans everything
they need and deserve for their sacrifices for our nation. The stakes are
too high, and failure in Iraq cannot be an option. Success is only possible
if the President significantly alters his current course. That requires the
President to work with Congress and finally begin to speak openly and
honestly with our troops and the American people about the difficult road
ahead.

³Our troops and their families deserve no less.²

While Reid doesn't get it... at least he didn't call for a withdrawal or a timetable.

Well, at MoveOn.Org is willing to "leap into the breach" and undermine our efforts.

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: St Wendeler