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Creek Running North
June 09, 2005
There's been a fair amount of talk in the blog world about the Downing Street Memo, the smoking gun that essentially proves that the Bush administration lied repeatedly and knowingly as it prepared for war in Iraq. Outrage over the administration's sheer duplicity - going through the motions of making a case to the UN, when the Memo shows the Bush administration knew all along there were no WMDs, and that they said so only to justify a war they wanted all along - has permeated the left sectors of the online world. It's at the point where the concommittant silence among the mainstream media is so notable that the media is actually commenting on the fact that they're not commenting on it.
With this in mind, it's odd that no one seems to be saying much about a public statement made by Bush on the occasion of the Fort Lauderdale meeting of the Organization of American States earlier this week. I happened to catch the speech on the radio, and was surprised at what I heard. After the requisite clumsy pandering ("My brother married a Mexican girl!") and a blatant paean to Empire (which may have been a mis-spoken mention of the one we rebelled against,) the president seemed to go entirely off the rails. Or maybe he considers the PR battle won, and is relaxed enough to say what's really on his mind. My only question is, does the new DNC chairman have any response?
Here's an excerpt from the transcript of the speech:
"You know, our ties are represented in different ways. Perhaps you know this, but my brother was lucky enough to marry a fantastic woman from Mexico. The first lady of Florida is Mexican-born. And some of her best friends, his - my best friends speak Mexican.
"A United States senator from Florida, Mel Martinez, was born in Cuba. He's Cubic.
"Now, the ties in our hemisphere, between America and our hemisphere are particularly strong in Florida, which is in this hemisphere. It's a perfect place to head the meeting. You all will be able to speak with your hotel maids in their own language. The world is flat. Thank you for choosing Florida.
"As I look out at the distinguished foreign ministers, I find we have much in common.
"We're the children of the new world, founded an empire and fulfilled in independence. Children are the future of the world, and the new world has some brave new children in it. Our people are united by historiography, divided by a canal that we built for you. And the United States shares a commitment with you to build an Americas that lives in liberty, trades in freedom, and buys our subsidized corn.
"We come together at a great moment in history when freedom is on a forced march around the world. In the last year and a half -- think about this -- we've witnessed a Rose revolution in Georgia, an Orange revolution in Ukraine, a Purple revolution in Iraq, a Purple rain in Minneapolis, a Yellow snow- Yellow rose revol - a Republican revolution in Texas, and these are just the beginnings. We have lots more colors. We got them on sale from Homeland Security; they're not using them anymore.
"Who wants to be a vermilionaire?
"Across Central Asia, hope is stirring at the prospect of change, and we will hand them that change though the rolled-down power windows of our Freedom SUVs. Across the broader Middle East, we are seeing the rise of a new generation whose hearts burn for freedom. We will bring them Zantac.
"And you know what? You know something? You know something? If you had told us one year ago that we were going to come in second in Fallujah, we would have given anything for that.
"And you know something? You know something?
"And not only are we going to conquer Iraq ... we're going to conquer Iran! and Syria! and Lebanon! and Palestine! and Egypt! And we're going to conquer Korea! and the Sudan! and France! And we're going to conquer Colombia! and Cuba! and California! And then we're going to Washington, D.C. To take back the White House. Yeeeeee-Hawwwww!"
Posted by Chris Clarke at June 9, 2005 01:35 PM
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You can't do satire on the Internets. You'll be sorry. Although if you did quote him straight people might think it satire. He did quote Martí, "La libertad no es negociable." I cringe. Not just at his accent.Posted by: Jim McCulloch at June 9, 2005 03:03 PM
This can't be what Bush really said. Way too articulate and sensible, relatively speaking of course.Posted by: mikez at June 9, 2005 03:10 PM
I went to FTAA-related protests in late 2003 when that spectacle was here in Miami... but was too busy with move-related duties this past weekend to go to any OAS demonstrations, despite it being pretty much in my back yard. I'm not proud of this.Posted by: the_bone at June 9, 2005 03:23 PM
You had me until the "Cubist".Posted by: alice at June 9, 2005 06:47 PM
Don't ever stop drinking coffee - or whatever it is you're on when you write sh*t like this.Posted by: Dave at June 10, 2005 06:28 AM
I liked the Cubist bit best; I'm sort of simple that way.
You had me all the way up to "yellow snow." I'm not sure if this speaks worse of me or our president.
"Cubist" is a total Bushism! LOLPosted by: Charyn at June 10, 2005 11:29 AM
I would more expect Bush to say "He's a Cabana" or something. Cubanese.Posted by: Craig at June 10, 2005 12:59 PM
It was the "brave new children" that made me start paying more attention. The bit about the colors was priceless. :)Posted by: Rana at June 10, 2005 01:28 PM
I would more expect Bush to say "He's a Cabana" or something. Cubanese.
Hindsight strikes at last: it shoulda been "Cubic."Posted by: Chris Clarke at June 10, 2005 03:08 PM
Excellent. Especially "We will bring them Zantac."
But not from Canada.Posted by: KathyF at June 10, 2005 03:41 PM
perfect. the last paragraph had me laughing out loud. ("and California!")Posted by: Matt at June 10, 2005 04:05 PM
Hell with it. I'm changing "Cubist" to "Cubic." My blog, right?Posted by: Chris Clarke at June 11, 2005 03:33 PM
I wouldn't dare to edit you but 'Cubic' is funnier!Posted by: charyn at June 11, 2005 06:33 PM