October 30, 2003

Avoiding Responsibility



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Bush is getting more and more pathetic. He talks big about taking responsibility for things, but he always blames somebody else. Drunk driving? Call it a political dirty trick and blame your opponents. Bad economy? Blame Clinton. 9/11? Clinton. Lies about Iraq's nuclear program? Blame the CIA. War in Iraq going badly? Blame the liberal media.

Like a 5-year-old child caught with his hand in the cookie jar, Bush is blaming everyone but himself for his inexcusable behavior and policy failures. That's not taking responsibility, that's called dodging responsibility. And now Bush has taken this vice to a new low.

Remember six months ago, when Bush had an aircraft carrier turn around, delaying its entry at port by a day and costing you and me a million dollars so he could be flown in on a jet and be seen wearing his flight suit for PR value? He changed into a suit, then strutted out before the actual military veterans and declared that "major combat operations in Iraq have ended." Remember the "Mission Accomplished" banner that was hung just right so that the cameras could frame Bush with it in the background? That banner's message has come under fire, now that far more U.S. servicemen and -women have died since that PR stunt than before.

Bush is trying to avoid blame for that one, too. It's the Navy's fault, he says. Their idea.

Well, actually, not really. The White House had the sign made. But, they claim, it was the navy's idea in the first place, and they were the ones who strung it up. Yeah. Right. I'm sure the White House didn't have anything to do with suggesting the idea, or with placing it so it could be framed so visibly, right behind the president from the cameras' POV. Those Navy guys are real sharp at this PR stuff, not the White House.

This is pathetic. The only thing that could be even more sad would be if the American people continued to buy these sorry excuses from this miserable coward who himself shirked duty while admonishing others not to do so, who lied to get us into this war and is lying to avoid responsibility for it.

Posted by Luis at October 30, 2003 04:01 AM
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First quote:

"...Union organizers pledged that the march will be peaceful and designated about 800 parade marshals to help keep the peace and point out any violent agitators to authorities."

"Despite the arrests, organizers of several groups working out of a rented warehouse on Miami Avenue insisted they were committed to nonviolence as they went over plans to protest the trade negotiations going on under near lockdown security in downtown hotels.

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Also hoping for calm was AFL-CIO President John Sweeney, who stopped by the protesters' welcome center Wednesday to show union support for the people from all over the country who have come to oppose the trade pact.

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For more Info on these quotes:
http://www.sun-sentinel.com/business/sfl-ftaaphotos,0,5906460.photogallery

More info from newspaper: http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/local/southflorida/sfl-dconverge20nov20,0,2146999.story?coll=sfla-home-headlines

photo #2 "GAP protest: Protesters take off some of their cloths in front of the GAP store in Miami Beach Monday afternoon as part of the We'd Rather Wear Nothing Than Wear GAP protest. The protesters' names from left to right are Christina Reategui, 23, of Miami, Mary Bull, of California, Martin Lemke, of California, Allison (she wouldn't give last name) from California, Elizabeth West, of North Carolina, Jane Maxwell, of California and (background glasses) Deborah Hollingsworth, of North Carolina."

photo: 4a Masked Protesters http://www.sun-sentinel.com/business/sfl-ftaaphotos,0,5906460.photogallery?index=7

photo 4b Activist Welcome Center near ftaa protests http://www.sun-sentinel.com/business/sfl-ftaaphotos,0,5906460.photogallery?index=9

lots of love worldwide,
me

Posted by: lots of love worldwide at November 21, 2003 09:33 AM