Pied Piper Pitt Blames Bush For Obama Afghanistan Speech
President Barack Obama delivered the best speech George W. Bush ever gave in his life.
[Don't like an Obama speech? BLAME BUSH!!!]
On Tuesday night, President Barack Obama delivered the best speech George W. Bush ever gave in his life. Mr. Bush, if he was watching, would have recognized virtually every facet of Obama's speech, for it was the Bush administration that hammered out the template used by Mr. Obama to deliver the news that he is doubling down on the war in Afghanistan.
[Was Obama mistakenly reading the script from Bush's teleprompter?]
Obama's eloquence was far superior to anything Mr. Bush could have ever hoped to achieve - for the first time in the 21st century, the United States has a president who can pronounce "nuclear" correctly - but at the end of the day, it was the same script all over again.
[Obama's teleprompter is better than Bush's teleprompter.]
Mr. Obama's speech contained all the well-worn Bushian touchstones, one above all: sharing a stage with soldiers in uniform - and how heartbreakingly young were the faces in that room; one could hear a pin drop throughout in that roomful of children whose lives will be directly affected by the decision that was announced - as a means of political defense and to augment his martial profile. Mr. Bush pulled this sickening stunt more times than can be counted, and it burned like acid to see another president defile their service by using them as props in a bit of political theater.
[Pitt makes it sound like Obama didn't deliver the speech at all. He was only an unthinking vessel channeling the EVIL Bush.]
It took exactly 130 words for Mr. Obama to invoke the attacks of September 11, which is just about how long it usually took Mr. Bush whenever he unleashed one of his linguistic muggings upon the populace.
[That EVIL spirit Bush forcing his unthinking vessel Obama to mouth his words.]
Mr. Obama blessed the calamity of Iraq as a success - "We have given Iraqis a chance to shape their future, and we are successfully leaving Iraq to its people," said the president - which was a favorite habit of Mr. Bush, no matter how brazen facts to the contrary happened to be.
[Pitt has his "Obama channeling Bush" theme and he WON'T let go.]
Mr. Obama likewise blessed the recent fraud-riddled election in Afghanistan as a positive thing, despite the cancerous effect that farce of a vote has had on the confidence of the Afghan people. In this, the president echoed Mr. Bush once again, as it was often Mr. Bush's practice to fete Iraqi elections that were controlled by Iran and riven with violence as successful steps towards democracy.
[It's almost like Obama isn't even president since he is being manipulated by the EVIL Bush spirit. He's starting to sound like that "Twin Peaks" guy in which the evil spirit of Bob resided.]
Mr. Obama re-introduced the American people to the menace of weapons of mass destruction, a favorite note of Mr. Bush. Obama did not go so far as to say that Afghanistan is in possession of 26,000 liters of anthrax, 38,000 liters of botulinum toxin, 500 tons of sarin, mustard and VX nerve agent, 30,000 missiles to deliver the stuff, mobile biological weapons labs, and uranium from Niger for use in a robust nuclear weapons program, as Mr. Bush did during another memorable prime-time speech, but the call to dread was there all the same. The threat of "loose nukes" is indeed real enough, but it was a kick in the stomach to see the Bush Handbook on Fear put into play once again.
[The Bob, I mean Bush, spirit inhabiting Obama's body is forcing him to recite the Bush Handbook.]
Mr. Obama acknowledged in his speech that America's war in Afghanistan has lasted eight long years, and even tipped a wink at America's share of responsibility for helping to shape the bleak and battered history of that nation. But then, as Bush so often did with Iraq, Mr. Obama threw the responsibility for putting the pieces of that shattered nation back together squarely on the shoulders of the Afghan people. In effect, the occupier demanded that the occupied shape up and fly right. The Hebrew word for this is "chutzpah," and it fits the situation like a glove.
[Does Obama dream of the Twin Peaks dancing midget who pronounced "chutzpah" backwards as a clue to the identity of the evil spirit Bob/Bush?]
Mr. Obama never used the words "Coalition of the Willing," but his high-flown rhetoric about NATO and an international alliance to deal with Afghanistan stood in stark contrast to reality. Hardly anyone in the international community appears to have much interest in sharing or increasing the burden of continued warfare - a few of those hesitant nations have personal experience with that region in their history, none of it positive - leaving Mr. Obama and the United States pretty much on their own going forward. This may change, but not by much.
[The evil spirit Bush/Bob could make Obama mouth "Coalition of the Willing" if it wanted to.]
Where Mr. Obama departed from the well-worn script of Mr. Bush was in the realm of the rhetorical. He weaved a tapestry of interconnected American interests - economic, social, diplomatic - to explain why the war in Afghanistan must not just go on, but grow. Take this gem, for example:
[Or as Henny Youngman used to say, "Take my gem, please!" Or did he say "Ladies and gems?"]
But as we end the war in Iraq and transition to Afghan responsibility, we must rebuild our strength here at home. Our prosperity provides a foundation for our power. It pays for our military. It underwrites our diplomacy. It taps the potential of our people, and allows investment in new industry. And it will allow us to compete in this century as successfully as we did in the last. That is why our troop commitment in Afghanistan cannot be open-ended - because the nation that I am most interested in building is our own.
[Evil spirit Bush/Bob inhabiting Obama's teleprompter as well.]
Indeed, it was all wonderfully phrased and brilliantly delivered. But in the end, Mr. Obama simply told us what we have been hearing for too long already: we must beat our swords into ploughshares by using swords. Mr. Bush never said it so well, but he said it all the time nonetheless.
[The reason is that Bush's teleprompter never had all the bells and whistles of Obama's teleprompter. Hey, Obama's teleprompter can even make toast and coffee for morning conferences.]
Mr. Bush was proud to call himself a war president - "I make decisions here in the Oval Office in foreign policy matters with war on my mind," he famously boasted to Tim Russert with that signature smirk on his face. On Tuesday, Mr. Obama was nowhere near as blunt, but nonetheless, the torch has been passed. Whether or not his strategy for Afghanistan will be successful remains to be seen, but he sold it to the American people in exactly the same fashion as his predecessor. There was a little more sugar to make the medicine go down, but the taste of it remained all too terribly familiar.
At the end of Mr. Obama's address, the cadet corps of West Point stood and applauded. They had to; here was the commander in chief, and they are required to stand whenever he enters and exits. One wonders, however, what they really thought about what they heard. After all, it wasn't anything new; they, and we, have heard it all before.
[Now that Pitt is done blaming Bush for Obama's speech, let us now go to the rest of the DUmmie peanut gallery which includes an appearance by Mama Raven.]
Sorry for me and my family and friends, but that will make us vote third party or not at all - I support a good amount of President Obama's policies, but on many of the biggies, he's not on my team. I don't care if he's "smart" and "kind", those are great things for anyone, but I want his policies to be much more liberal than they've been. He's done many things Dubya would have done.
[Please don't blame Obama. He is being manipulated by that evil Twin Peaks spirit Bush/Bob who is inhabiting him.]
Before the speech, I said it would be like listening to Bush without the verbal screwups.
[Ben Horne, I'm charging you with the murder of Laura Palmer.]
He found one of Bush's speeches in his desk written in crayon. He translated into English and used it.
[He is Bob, eager for fun. He wears a smile. Everybody run!]
Gave me chills, Will. Must be deep.
[I'm still disappointed that Chill Wills didn't win a best supporting actor Oscar for "The Alamo." Unfortunately his performance was overshadowed by Frankie Avalon in the role of Smitty, the overly urban teenage frontiersman.]
From Shock Doctine to Jock Doctrine...its all so much bull.
[Did you know that John F. Kerry wears and EXTRA LARGE jockstrap? Got that? And if you don't know that, John F. Kerry will loudly inform you about his EXTRA LARGE jockstrap when he yells it out as he orders one at the department store.]
Dignity and austerity do not mix. Neither do dignity and western economic domination of the planet's Rainbow Majority.
[Interesting. "Rainbow" is mentioned and it was posted by Ken Burch. Okay, is that YOU, Ben Burch? And now, entering from stage left is...MAMA RAVEN!!!]
So, Obama is George Bush only smoother? I am awed by your analysis of his speech, honestly. I could never have parsed all of that and you are right in every comparison. This is why you got your brain cells from your father and you sense of humor from me! :-) But what would you have had this man do given what he has been presented with. Cleaning up after a careless slob is a messy business.
[Oh, my little Sonny Boy! You make me so proud that not all of your Trust Fund money went to waste going down your throat at Bukowski's!]
I'm not addressing the complexity of the situation. This is about the methods and rhetoric he used to sell the decision. All too familiar.
[Oh, Mumsy! Are you proud of your little Sonny Boy without a job who posts about complexities and rhetoric on a sanity-challenged forum?]
Hi sweetie! But is that form over substance? After all
he must live in a grossly political world.
[This is Mama Raven again my sweetest little Sonny Boy. Never mind the question. It is just a setup to demonstrate for everyone how smart my little Sonny Boy is!]
It is. But form is important. Form means not using soldiers as props. It means not repeating the jargon and slogans of a disgraced and disreputable era. It alsoi means telling a lot more of the truth than we heard tonight. There was not much new substance here, anyway. It was a lot of the old stuff with a coat of paint slapped over it. He's so good at this, he really does make it seem like he's laying everything out, but he didn't. It was mostly form, and that's what caught most of my attention.
[Do you like the way I sling words around, Mumsy, to show everyone how smart your little Sonny Boy is? Oh, and can I have an increase in this month's Trust Fund check?]
What caught my attention was the look on the faces of the cadets , this told me the whole story . They had not the look of hope and pride , they had the look of numbness and worry and personal concern.
[They also had the look of boredom on their faces. Which is why your humble correspondent dozed off in his TV chair and ended up going to sleep at about 8:30 last night.]
It was a horrific nightmare.....flashbacks...visions of *.
Had to turn the TV off...
[Visions of */Bob?]
Fool me once and shame on you, damnit Obama, dont be trying to fool me no more.
[Is that you Michelle O?]
When the Democrats were running against Bush in 2004, I went all over the country preaching the same gospel: vote for the Democrat no matter what, so we can get Bush out, and so we can be in a position to kick a Democratic president squarely in the ass whenever he/she deserves it. Well, we got the Democrat four years later, and our obligation to kick him in the ass has not changed.
[Before Pitt kicked Obama in the butt he was toadying up to him. "He parked it!"]
I really wanted to vomit.. when ObamaBush said that we should go back to feeling like we did right after 9/11, united by fear, shell shocked and hungry for revenge. Truly a new low for this administration.
We are on the same page Will
[How about on the same bar counter?]
I'm often of the same opinion as Will Pitt. Sometimes I trail behind and sometimes he trails behind but 95% of the time, we get to the same place. I'm rarely that close in thought with anyone here, including my spouse, though he comes in a close second.
[Were you on the same scoop as Will Pitt on May 12, 2006?]
The speak seem more sad and embattled too me. Obama seem lost that is very Bush like.
[More like Bush/Bob like? Time to call Special Agent Cooper.]
It all sounded vaguely familiar...Put through a voice filter, I don't think I'd know who said what
[Bush/Bob said it all via the Obama sockpuppet.]
this easily could have been a GWB speech. I found myself heckling the TV screen just as much as I did with Dubya, and that is just f*cking sad.
[Would it make you feel better to know that it wasn't Obama delivering the speech but the evil Twin Peaks spirit, Bush/Bob?]
Isn't it? not much to say other than what you said! it's so sad - it coulda been Dubya's speech.
Sorry Will, your writing is much more eloquent than mine will ever be, but I very much disagree with you.
One thing is very clear...we need a 3rd party.
Placing blame for where we are now is fine, but to suggest that Obama is somehow channeling Bush is just wrong and does nothing but stir the pot. President Obama is not Bush.
[No but he is Bush/Bob.]
Who got to him? Who is holding the knife to his throat? This is not the same person I thought I voted for.
[You are correct. Sometime between election day and inauguration day, the empty Obama vessel was inhabited by the evil Twin Peaks spirit, Bush/Bob. Special Agent Cooper will be working on this case as soon as he finishes eating his damn good cherry pie.]