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Bush Goes Out With a Thud

George W. Bush, the president who lied America into a war that will end up costing trillions of dollars, scolded the Democratic-controlled Congress in his final State of the Union address on Monday for undermining “the people’s trust in their government” with too many pet projects. Now that’s chutzpah, coming from a man who never met a spending bill he didn’t like unless it had to do with stem cells and sick children.

Posted on Jan 29, 2008 READ MORE


Economy Takes Priority in Bush’s Last State of the Union Speech

Sometimes it’s useful to let a story’s own lead speak for itself. Take, for example, the doozy of a question that opens Sheryl Gay Stolberg’s New York Times article about Bush’s economic focus in Monday’s State of the Union address: “Will George W. Bush be remembered as the president who lost the economy while trying to win a war?”

Posted on Jan 27, 2008 READ MORE


The Perils of Pandering

After equating homosexuality with bestiality, presidential candidate Mike Huckabee was attacked by a gay tiger.

Posted on Jan 27, 2008 READ MORE


Obama

‘Yes, We Can’

The full effect of Barack Obama’s transcendent victory speech in South Carolina has yet to be felt, but his historically stirring and inspirational words have already generated praise from around the country and even across the political aisle. Whether this speech proves to be the turning point in this election, we don’t know. What we do know is that Obama has made Hillary Clinton’s contention that words don’t matter seem so very small and suspect.

Posted on Jan 26, 2008 READ MORE


Message From Third Place

Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys took the stage at a rally for John Edwards in South Carolina on Wednesday, and out of a clear sky it started raining metaphors.

Posted on Jan 24, 2008 READ MORE


Bill Clinton

Bill Clinton Snoozes During MLK Speech

The campaign trail takes its toll on even the most robust constitution, as evidenced by this footage of Bill Clinton nodding off during a Martin Luther King Day speech.

Posted on Jan 22, 2008 READ MORE


Obama and Clinton

Barack and Hillary Remember MLK

Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama honored the late, great Martin Luther King Jr. on Sunday with a couple of refreshingly fresh speeches. Be sure to give them a listen. There are some truly wonderful moments of rhetorical homage to one of the great orators of all time.

Posted on Jan 22, 2008 READ MORE


Hillary Clinton
AP photo / Jim Cole

Clinton, McCain Win New Hampshire

“I found my own voice,” Hillary Clinton said in her New Hampshire victory speech, admitting to more than just a bumpy campaign.  Instead, she appeared to be pointing at the stilted rhetoric and focus-grouping that have plagued her run for president. With Iowa and New Hampshire behind her, the senator’s campaign promise, it seems, is to speak from the heart.

Posted on Jan 8, 2008 READ MORE


Hillary Clinton

Hillary to Fox News: Obama Isn’t JFK or MLK

The media may be falling under the sway of Barack Obama, but Hillary Clinton is fed up with the idea that his campaign is somehow historic, and she’s had more than enough of those comparisons to JFK and Martin Luther King Jr. just “because they gave great speeches.”

Posted on Jan 8, 2008 READ MORE


The Ghost of Politics Past

Hillary Clinton may have unintentionally written the obituary for the Iowa and New Hampshire phase of her presidential campaign, and perhaps her candidacy, when she told voters on Sunday: “You campaign in poetry, but you govern in prose.”

Posted on Jan 8, 2008 READ MORE


Hillary and Bill

Iowa Victory and Concession Speeches

In case you were wondering how the candidates felt about the results of the Iowa caucuses, here are Barack Obama, John Edwards, Hillary Clinton and Mike Huckabee, in their own words.

Posted on Jan 4, 2008 READ MORE


The 2000 Election All Over Again

If we seemed doomed to refight the battles from eight years ago, perhaps it’s because Al Gore’s warnings about a Bush presidency turned out to be so prescient.

Posted on Jan 2, 2008 READ MORE


Peace With the Earth

Since this is the list-making time of year, allow me to add a tiny trophy to Al Gore’s very full shelf: the prize for the most elegant speech of 2007.

Posted on Dec 27, 2007 READ MORE


Which Clinton for President?

Hillary Clinton tells audiences that having lived in the White House for eight eventful years, she’s eager to take charge as president on “day one.” Apparently, though, so is Bill.

Posted on Dec 20, 2007 READ MORE


Romney
dallasnews.com

Romney’s Religious Dodge

In the first of a new Truthdig series on religion and politics, the Rev. Madison Shockley analyzes Mitt Romney’s recent landmark speech and finds that America’s most famous Mormon is trying to have it both ways.

Posted on Dec 13, 2007 READ MORE


Huckabee
motherjones.com

Huckabee’s Sermons Off Limits

The Huckabee campaign has refused to give the media much more than scraps of the candidate’s religious speeches, leaving his 12 years as a pastor relatively shrouded in mystery. We already know he doesn’t believe in evolution, thought at one time that AIDS patients should be quarantined and isn’t ashamed “to let you know that I believe Adam and Eve were real people,” so what is he hiding?

Posted on Dec 12, 2007 READ MORE


Religious Wear (and Tear)

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A Bumpy Detour

Romney’s “religion speech” was touched by brilliance, but it turned off onto a wrong road.  Parts of it were frustrating and transparently political, the words of a man with his eye on a prize.

Posted on Dec 6, 2007 READ MORE


Romney’s Walk on a Tightrope

The former Massachusetts governor must stop the advance of presidential rival and Baptist minister Mike Huckabee, but he has to tread a careful line in addressing religious issues.

Posted on Dec 6, 2007 READ MORE


students protest Ashcroft
theithacajournal.com

Students Confront Ashcroft

Some 150 students donned hoods and turned their backs in silent protest of former Attorney General John Ashcroft at Cornell University on Thursday. Cornell law student and protest co-planner Michael Siegel told Truthdig the demonstrators were meant to represent “the detainees who were arrested and imprisoned without due process under Ashcroft’s leadership.”

Posted on Nov 30, 2007 READ MORE


Obama

Obama Blows the Doors Off

The horse-race coverage of the campaign mostly missed this absolute gem of a speech from Barack Obama, who has scratched and clawed his way to a virtual tie with Hillary Clinton and John Edwards in Iowa.

Posted on Nov 14, 2007 READ MORE


Smearing Code Pink

In the beginning—back when most Americans believed Saddam Hussein was responsible for 9/11, when Rumsfeld was known for his quick verbal jabs and not the quagmire in Iraq, and when Bush still could hope to be revered as a great wartime president—the women of Code Pink would stand quietly in front of the White House and hope someone would take their fliers.

Posted on Nov 6, 2007 READ MORE


Bush and Jon Stewart

Jon Stewart: ‘Mission Described’

The “Daily Show” host examines the president’s bizarre speaking style and the rhetorical train wreck that stems from his love affair with self-narration.

Posted on Oct 10, 2007 READ MORE


Free Speech Ain’t Free. Oh, Wait a Minute. Yeah, It Is.

After all the brouhaha in New York this week, this seems like a good time to have us a little chat about free speech. Not restricted free speech. Not partial free speech. Not pseudo-, semi-, counterfeit, limited free speech. Not free speech on Wednesdays between 2 and 3 p.m. EDT.

Posted on Sep 29, 2007 READ MORE


Bush
nytimes.com

Eye-Roller in Chief

Leave it to George W. Bush to disappoint already low expectations. The president unveiled his dud of a plan to combat the climate crisis at a highly publicized meeting Friday of the world’s 16 biggest polluters.

Posted on Sep 29, 2007 READ MORE


Know Your Audience

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Posted on Sep 27, 2007 READ MORE


How to Deal With Iran

The loud, angry and sterile debate over the Iranian president’s visit to Columbia University raises a more serious problem that has long confounded American policymakers: How to cope with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s real masters, the corrupt regime of mullahs who determine both foreign and domestic policy in Iran.

Posted on Sep 27, 2007 READ MORE


Ahmadinejad

Video Roundup:  Ahmadinejad at Columbia University

The Largest Minority has put together a collection of video clips from Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s speech at Columbia University on Monday, complete with Columbia President Lee Bollinger’s controversial introductory remarks.

Posted on Sep 26, 2007 READ MORE


marching monks
news.bbc.co.uk

Bush to Tighten Sanctions on Burma

President Bush has weighed in on the massive protests in Burma (Myanmar), saying he will boost sanctions against the country’s abusive military government. Meanwhile, thousands of Buddhist monks have defied government warnings and continue to demonstrate.

Posted on Sep 25, 2007 READ MORE


Kerry That Weight

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Help With Petraeus’ Testimony

Political comedian Will Durst provides the answers to some frequently asked (and vexing) questions about Gen. David Petraeus’ testimony.

Posted on Sep 16, 2007 READ MORE


AP Keeps Bush in (Fact) Check

File this one under “Good Uses of Journalistic Resources”:  The Associated Press marshaled its fact-checking talents and expertise to dissect President Bush’s speech on Thursday, issuing corrections to some of Bush’s claims in this handy point-by-point analysis.

Posted on Sep 15, 2007 READ MORE


Biden, Edwards and Giuliani

Responses to the President

Find out what Joe Biden, John Edwards and Rudy Giuliani thought about President Bush’s speech. (Hint: One of them really liked it.)

Posted on Sep 14, 2007 READ MORE


Bush in Oval Office
whitehouse.gov

Bush Pitches ‘Return on Success’ Plan

In a preview of Thursday’s speech, President Bush lays out his “return on success” plan for bringing troops home (though the meaning of “success” is unclear), discusses the Iraqi government’s progress (and lack thereof) in meeting its goals, and insists that “the success of a free Iraq is critical” to America’s security.

Posted on Sep 13, 2007 READ MORE


Hope for New Orleans

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Posted on Aug 30, 2007 READ MORE


Gonzales

Alberto Gonzales’ Farewell Speech

Not to kick a man when he’s down, but there’s something to be said for a resignation speech that at least mentions why the person is resigning, even if it’s the pitifully transparent “to spend more time with my family.” After Gonzales concluded his farewell remarks, at least one reporter shouted, “Why are you leaving?”

Posted on Aug 27, 2007 READ MORE


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Make Bush Say What You Want

Think you could be President Bush’s speechwriter?  Well, that’s probably not going to happen in real life, but that’s why we have the Internet!  Check out this amusing site, which allows you to cobble together a speech and play it back from the virtual mouth of our president—complete with sound effects!

Posted on Jul 7, 2007 READ MORE


The Things That Come Out of Her Mouth

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Posted on Jun 28, 2007 READ MORE


sorensen and kennedy
overgaard.dk

The Dream Speech

John F. Kennedy referred to Theodore C. Sorensen (above, left) as his intellectual blood bank—a man who helped put the magic in JFK’s famous rhetoric. Here is his dream acceptance speech for the next Democratic nominee. While the actual speech will probably have more political calculation and pandering, it’s worth dreaming about an alternative.

Posted on Jun 27, 2007 READ MORE


Bush Ally Calls for Withdrawal

Sen. Richard Lugar, a respected figure in the Republican Party and a traditional backer of the president’s war policy, has broken with the White House and called for a draw-down of troops in Iraq—ahead of the much-touted September review of the surge. In what some have described as a watershed speech on the Senate floor, Lugar warned that the coming election would make rational policy choices in Iraq politically unrealistic.

Posted on Jun 26, 2007 READ MORE


From the Mind of the ‘Commander Guy’

One need only listen to the president’s definition of success in Iraq to appreciate the value of a full and immediate withdrawal.

Posted on May 4, 2007 READ MORE


Stewart on SOTU

“The Daily Show” host dissects Bush’s State of the Union speech.

Posted on Jan 25, 2007 READ MORE


A Reagan Democrat

Sen. Jim Webb replied to Bush’s State of the Union speech with a moral clarity almost unheard-of since the days of The Great Communicator.

Posted on Jan 25, 2007 READ MORE


Why Bush’s Speech Didn’t Matter

None of the progressive-sounding proposals in the president’s speech stand any chance of actually arriving on Capitol Hill as legislation.

Posted on Jan 25, 2007 READ MORE


Powell: State of the Union

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Posted on Jan 23, 2007 READ MORE


Luckovich: Bush Gives In to Popular Demand

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Posted on Jan 18, 2007 READ MORE


Martin Luther King

Martin Luther King Jr. on the Villainy of War

As we prepare to celebrate the life of Martin Luther King Jr. this Monday, on the holiday Dick Cheney opposed, Code Pink reminds us that stirring words still resonate.

Posted on Jan 12, 2007 READ MORE


Durbin
news.yahoo.com

Democrats Respond to Bush’s Speech

Needless to say, the Democrats hated Bush’s plan for escalating the war in Iraq, although they differed on how to defeat the action. Ted Kennedy continues to push for a direct confrontation, while the leadership wants to start off with a symbolic vote. Hillary Clinton was surprisingly feisty in her comments, calling Bush’s policy “marred by incompetence and arrogance.”

Posted on Jan 11, 2007 READ MORE


Bush
from msnbc.com

Bush Admits Mistakes, Promises to Make More

The president began his address to the nation Wednesday evening by accepting responsibility for mistakes made in Iraq. But as he outlined his commitment to escalate the war, complete with abundant references to 9/11 and the specter of al-Qaida, George W. Bush demonstrated the same insulation from reason and reality that created this nightmare in the first place.

Posted on Jan 10, 2007 READ MORE


Qin Zhongfei
washingtonpost.com

For China, a Criminally Funny Poem

When Qin Zhongfei took 10 minutes to scribble down a satirical poem about local bureaucrats, he had no idea it would land him a month in jail—a sign that free expression still languishes in China, despite hopes that President Hu Jintao’s economic reforms would translate to a more open society.

Posted on Jan 8, 2007 READ MORE


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