Rheotical Mishaps vs Sheer Naïveté

Via Liberty Film Festival and Liberty Film Festival

As they say over at Libertas – one man made a pile of rhetorical mistakes, the other is amassing a pile of real errors, and – to quote: “[Bush's] list is a record accumulated over nearly a decade. How long’s Obama been around?”

And yes, naive is applicable, too.

Maybe Obama makes fewer “rhetorical” slips (although that’s changing, too) because he says the same thing in any given situation, as with all the friends now revealing sides he’d never seen before. When he’s not backtracking.

It’s all starting to feel a little too “Dear Leaderesque” for me. A little too, “please control us” for my liking.

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    You know, I was thinking something very similar just the other evening. Sure, Bush has made mistake after chuckle- or cringe-inducing mistake — “nucular,” “strategery,” “misunderestimated,” to name a couple of the famous ones. But for all that, we still understand what he’s trying to say, and the content’s largely sound.

    Enter Obama: “clean and articulate,” bringing us rhetorical flourishes galore with that sweet, soothing baritone. When we stop and listen, though, as good as those speeches and soundbites sound, the reaction has to be “what is this guy SAYING?”

    Simply put, George W. Bush and Barack Obama embody the conflict between substance and style.

  • Sigmund Carl and Alfred

    Mr Bush’s record of success can be measured in decades.

    His governorship of Texas was stellar. He oversaw a booming economy,huge infrastructure growth and authored the dramatic improvement in Texas schools.

    He won reelection with record support from minorities, unheard of for a Republican.

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  • http://www.therextras.com Barbara

    This morning’s newpaper here – a town in Texas – carries an article titled: President and pontiff, by Francis X. Rocca of Religion New Service. (It may have been first-published some time ago, showing in our paper only today.) A couple of points….

    “Bush has consulted with popes more than any other U.S. chief executive.” [sic for lack of caps where I think they should be]

    On welcoming the Pope to the White House, “Bush’s former head speechwriter, William McGurn, says, ‘They could pretty much have given each other’s speech.’

    The relationship between the President, whom I admire and respect, with the Pope, whom I revere and love, gives me great pleasure.


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