“Daily Show” host Jon Stewart seized upon Bush’s stem cell veto to explore the president’s “culture of life” inconsistencies. Where the potential of a frozen embryo is concerned, life is precious. The lives of Iraqi civilians, on the other hand, fail to carry the same weight.
[Debate clip of George W. Bush]
Bush: I think it?s important to promote a culture of life. I think a hospitable society is a society where every being counts and every person matters.
Stewart: Every being counts. Every person matters.
[Clip of George W. Bush at a press conference]
Bush: How many Iraqi citizens have died in this war? Um, I would say thirty thousand, more or less.
Stewart: Each one precious. Each one? Each one sacred-ish. As it turns out there seems to be a bit of a loophole in the ?culture of life? promotion thing.