Bush Sucks at Talking

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I don’t mean his faux Southern accent. I mean everything he says.

The man talks in circles. Someone could ask him, “What’s 2+2?” and he would respond with, “Well, what you’ve gotta understand is that these are numbers. We’ve gotta get the American people to back us on this. It’s in our interests to get this resolved so that free trade is universal in its application. We’re in the middle of an ideological struggle right now. Good question.”

What really pisses me off about Bush is the way he dodges the issue at hand by either making his responses far more complicated than they need to be, or by simply avoiding the issue altogether.

I’ve just finished listening to this morning’s press conference. Bush was asked about his policies/views on gay marriage and the closest he came to an answer was something like, ‘I’ve always believed that all people should have equal rights.’ Right… that’s why he wanted to ban gay marriage. OK. He then went on to talk about the reporter who asked the question, telling her that she couldn’t ask any more questions because she was taking too much floor time. What an asshole. When it comes to politics, reporters should be allowed to ask as many questions as they want until they get decent, solid answers to their questions.

On Iraq, Bush says we’re not winning (which I’m glad he’s finally admitted to himself) but not losing. Bush believes that one of the ways to help the situation in Iraq might be to send in more troops. Clearly, the majority is against him on this issue. When asked if he would override the decision of his military officials should he decide to execute this plan against their recommendations, he left the option open. I don’t blame him for keeping his options open - quite the opposite, in fact - but he did nothing during his speech to make me feel like he won’t need to override his military leaders.

I would like to see Bush hold a press conference where he answers questions in a straight-forward manner. I want him to answer with ‘yes’, ‘no’, and short - short - answers that actually, specifically address the question at hand.

One thing I can’t knock Bush on is his attitude - he’s always chipper. Its in his chipper attitude that he mentions all of these things he wants to work on - Social Security reform, taxes, minimum wage - but I haven’t noticed any significant progress on these issues. I guarantee that if I haven’t noticed changes then there are many, many others who haven’t as well.

Bush Defends Decisions on Iraq War

“I can understand how Americans are worried about whether or not we can win,” Bush said, adding that most Americans want victory “but they’re concerned about whether or not we can win.”

Doesn’t that seem a bit out of touch? Don’t you think that most Americans just want to get the hell out of Iraq, regardless of whether we can claim “victory” or not? Maybe I’m just projecting my views into assumptions of the general population but, in my opinion, the issue isn’t about whether we “win” or not… is it?

Source (no longer functional): Bush Defends Decisions on Iraq War - Yahoo! News

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