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Quotational Therapy: Part 34 -- President Bush On The War On Terror.
President George W. Bush, Addressing Congress, September 20, 2001-
On September the 11th, enemies of freedom committed an act of war against our country. Americans have known wars -- but for the past 136 years, they have been wars on foreign soil, except for one Sunday in 1941. Americans have known the casualties of war -- but not at the center of a great city on a peaceful morning. Americans have known surprise attacks -- but never before on thousands of civilians. All of this was brought upon us in a single day -- and night fell on a different world, a world where freedom itself is under attack....
Read the entire thing here.
Some of President Bush's critics really need to go back and think about this speech (and many others made in the aftermath of September 11).
One common criticism of the President from the left is that Bush did not prepare the American people for a long haul sacrifice in the war on terror. Another is that President Bush made up the whole "freedom" thing only after the U.S. found no warehouses full of nuclear warheads and biological agents in downtown Baghdad. Another is that Bush is too unilateral and disdains the idea of help from other countries.
Each of these criticisms fails to pass the smell test.
Within a week of 9/11, President Bush articulated: 1) that fighting terrorism would be unlike any war in our modern history; 2) that freedom was at war with fear; 3) that we need-- and seek-- the help of our friends and allies around the globe.
And make no mistake, President Bush set the tone for the long-term war against terrorism. Imagine President Gore trying to give that speech. President Bush, for all of the flak he takes for bumbling over his words, has given some of the best presidential speeches in modern American history, and not just right after September 11, 2001, either.
On Comedy Central, argue that Bush has given some of the best presidential speeches in modern American history, and you'll be met with derision and giggles. But go back and listen to some of them. Read them. Unlike some, who pontificate at any given chance, President Bush knows when to be folksy and monosyllabic, when to be technical and precise, when to be focused and succinct, and when to be soaring and profound.
After some of his soaring and profound speeches, President Bush often gets credit from media skeptics, temporarily, for delivering rhetorical greatness. But that impression never lasts, drowned out by the unimportant, day-to-day minutiae about which Washington is so obsessed.
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Posted by Will Franklin · 8 August 2005 11:07 AM
Bush always has been misunderestimated as a speaker - it was always one of his strengths.
I was always appalled at how the press called John Kerry such a devastating and awesome debater and speaker. He was neither, he was merely a guy who sounded smarter than he really was and loved the sound of his own voice.
Plus, what good are good speaking skills, if they are are put into the service of incredibly dumb ideas like a 'global test' for US policies?
Posted by: Am I A Pundit Now? at August 8, 2005 11:32 AM
George W. is a Texan for goodness sake!... He has a Texas accent... What ammazes me is I don't hear anyone calling Jesse Jackson "dumb" or a bad speaker? Have a good listen to his accent!... I can barely understand a thing he says! ...Yet Jesse Jackson is considered a great speaker by many!!!???
Posted by: Zsa Zsa at August 9, 2005 07:24 AM