Wednesday :: Jan 12, 2005

Open Thread

by Mary

Liberal Oasis observes today that Bush's scripted townhall had some d'oh moments.

Bush “Town Hall” Tidbits: #1

Dubya had one of his patented invite-only “town halls” yesterday, with all attendees die-hard backers of Social Security privatization.

How scripted was this event? Check out this exchange:

MS. STONE: I would like to introduce my mom. This is my mother, Rhoda Stone. And she is grandmother of three, and originally from Helsinki, Finland, and has been here over 40 years.

THE PRESIDENT: Fantastic. Same age as my mother.

MS. STONE: Just turned 80.

Of course, the script probably told Bush to say, “same age as my mother” after Ms. Stone mentions her mom is 80.

Bush “Town Hall” Tidbits: #2

The most disgusting and appalling moment in yesterday’s “town hall” was when Bush advanced the lie that African-Americans get shortchanged by Social Security:

African American males die sooner than other males do, which means the system is inherently unfair to a certain group of people. And that needs to be fixed.

This lie has been debunked over and over and over again.

But conservatives continue to push it to try to undermine Social Security in the African-American community.

Bush cannot be allowed to spread this garbage unchallenged.

Furthermore, if Bush and the rest of the GOP really care so much about African-American life expectancy, they could start addressing the massive racial disparity in our nation’s health care system.

Bush “Town Hall” Tidbits: #3

Dubya can condescend to a Red-stater with the best of them, saying to one attendee, “Have they got C-SPAN out there in Utah?”

What tidbits do you have to share?

Mary :: 1:30 AM :: Comments (39) :: Digg It!