Saturday :: Sep 4, 2004

Calling Miss Manners


by pessimist

Once upon a time, in a democratic-republic far, far, away, civility and good sportsmanship were considered de riguer:

President George H. W. Bush's Concession Speech (11/03/92)

"Here's the way we see it and the country should see it, that the people have spoken, and we respect the majesty of the democratic system. There is important work to be done, and America must always come first. So we will get behind this new president, and wish him well."

Vice President Dan Quayle Speaks to His Supporters - Nov 3, 1992:

"Thank you, Indiana. Just a few minutes ago, I spoke to Gov Clinton and I congratulated him."

[Vocal reactions from audience]

"No, this is -- tonight is Bill Clinton's night, and I congratulated Bill Clinton and we must all pull together now. He is going to be the president of the United States for the next 4 years. He deserves our congratulations."

Ross Perot's Concession Speech - Dallas, Nov 3, 1992:

"The American people have spoken. They have chosen Gov Clinton. Congratulations."

[Vocal reactions from audience]

"Wait a minute. Oh, no, no. Wait a minute. Wait a minute. The only way we're going to make it work is if we all team up together. So let's give Gov Clinton a big round of applause. He's won. Now, let's forget the election. Forget the election, it's behind us. The hard work is in front of us, and we must all work together to rebuild our great country."

Bob Dole's 1996 Concession

Bob Dole fought a good fight and took defeat in stride. In his concession speech, he said Clinton was not his enemy, but his opponent. He said it with dignity.

George W. Bush can't seem to take an unopposed 'victory' in stride:

Audience boos as Bush offers best wishes for Clinton's recovery
Audience boos as Bush offers best wishes for Clinton's recovery
Friday September 03, 2004
WEST ALLIS, Wis. (AP)

President Bush on Friday wished Bill Clinton "best wishes for a swift and speedy recovery." Bush recently praised Clinton when the former president went to the White House for the unveiling of his official portrait. "He's is in our thoughts and prayers," Bush said at a campaign rally. Bush's audience of thousands in West Allis booed. Bush did nothing to stop them.

If he's such a poor winner, what would he be like if he lost? I shudder to think. Worse, I shudder to think what the GOP Brownshirts would do.

UPDATED: the booing story was incorrect.


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