Friday, November 28, 2003
There are, in my opinion, three defining moments thus far in the presidency of George W. Bush – hereafter referred to as ‘W’. The first came as he stood in the wreckage and carnage of Ground Zero and spoke to the world through a bull horn. “I can hear you,” his voice crackeled through the speaker. “America can hear you. And the people who knocked these buildings down are gonna hear from all of us, real soon.”
Simple words, stated by a man who speaks resonating eloquence in simple words understood by everyone. He has an ivory towered academic vocabulary, of that I have no doubt. One does not earn degrees from Yale and Harvard by being a simpleton.
The next came as a resolute president stood before a joint session of congress in late September 2001. Holding a police shield of a fallen NYPD patrolman, he stated that “we will not falter, and we will not fail.”
The last, and most recent came as he stood before 600 or so troops from the 82nd Airborne Division and the 3rd Infantry Division yesterday in Bagdad. Yes, for those of you in a turkey induced coma, W took his show on the road yesterday and landed Air Force One in Saddam’s backyard. He spent part of his Thanksgiving with the troops as the first American president to visit Iraq and the first one in recent memory to visit a war zone.
Hey Saddam, can you hear me now?
W’s speech can be found here. Again, high use of simple language. The guy knows what he’s doing.
There were other politicians in Iraq yesterday, most notably the pseudo-Senator from New York, Hillary Clinton. I call her a pseudo Senator because I’ve spent more time in New York then she has. Hillary is running for president, she just won’t tell us when. But its evident in everything she does. She’s kind of like that senator from the movie The American President, but she doesn’t say the words, “I’m Hillary Clinton and I’m running for President.” That’s ok, Hillary. We get the message.
Well, yesterday, the American President went to Bagdad. He came, he saw, and yes, he conquered. He was in his element, with his troops, as their Commander in Chief. There is another scene from The American President where the President, played by Michael Douglas, has had enough of the whining of the aforementioned Senator. He comes to the press room, and after ripping the press a new collective hole, states that he is the President.
That’s what W did yesterday. His visit should remind everyone, especially Hillary that he is George W. Bush, and he is the President.
Can you hear me now Hillary?
Here endeth the lesson.