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Originally posted by Valhall
I can't help but notice that the majority of opinions posted on this thread are from those that already hate the guts out of the President.
Originally posted by Banshee
I'm relatively impartial about Bush at this point.
I don't hate his guts and,
yeah. This was pretty bad.
Like SO said, his answers were mostly variations on the same thing, even to different questions. It was bizzare.
Yes... but that's odd... I don't recall the suicide part. Interesting. Either way, the wording is awkward, and seems to indicate the trouble with people willing to blow themselves up in the name of Islam. An off-handed implication that Islam is a false ideology, but not directly so. (remember, I think they're all false ) I just think it's wreckless for the leader of a country to be speaking this way. Even me, an athiest, would be careful to respect one's beliefs in a situation like this... and make sure my words wouldn't me mistaken for a blanket "Islam is false" statement.
Originally posted by AceOfBase A hopeful society is one more likely to be able to deal with the frustrations of those who are willing to commit suicide in order to represent a false ideology.
Originally posted by Valhall
And, by the way, if he called fanatical Islamic teaching a "false ideology"...I'm all over that. and go for it. I'm sick of the cover up of what's causing this inhumanity - it's fanaticism. And fanaticism of any color is a false ideology.
Originally posted by AceOfBase
Was this the comment?
That's why it's important for us to spread freedom throughout the Middle East. Free societies are hopeful societies. A hopeful society is one more likely to be able to deal with the frustrations of those who are willing to commit suicide in order to represent a false ideology.
Originally posted by DClark
"He became the first Governor in Texas history to be elected to consecutive four-year terms when he was re-elected on November 3, 1998, with 68.6 percent of the vote."
It goes beyond speaking. The ability to think quickly on your feet and articulate your thoughts is a clear sign of intelligence. The ability to articulate your thoughts in a compelling and meaningful way is an attribute of leadership. This president has neither. I dislike 99.9% of all politicians, but this one is among my top 10. This press conference was a national embarrassment. Only the fourth such time this person has presented himself in this way for questions from the media... and it's clear it was a semi-scripted event (reporters submitted their questions, and he had time to consider a response before the "press conference"). Even with such preplanning, 80% of the content of his answers were repetitive pabulum from his previous statements on Iraq. The country needs answers on several topics, he was asked about these topics, and gave us no answers. That's an indication of either arrogance or stupidity (or both). This is well beyond a critique of his lack-of public speaking expertise, this is about his lack of desire to address the issues head-on.
Originally posted by Ambient Sound Insult is the last resort of the defeated debater... No GWB is not a very good speaker. That's not why I hired him. He's certainly no Bill Clinton when it comes to charming an audience. Again, that is not what I hired him to do.