Saturday, November 19, 2005

It's a bird! It's a plane!

It's Soundbite Man! Look for the following soundbites from his speech to U.S. troops in South Korea. (And isn't his jacket adorable? He almost looks like what he's pretending to be.) Don't worry, you won't have to look far for the potent quotables. The CNN pool reporter knows to get them all in, and up high:

"So long as I am commander-in-chief"
"making steady progress"
"the sober judgment of our military commanders"
And, of course, the classic "As Iraqis stand up, we will stand down"

And what speech would be complete without a reference to 9/11: "We will not wait to be attacked again. We will not rest or tire until the war on terror is won."

It's almost sad to see that the only crowds Bush can speak in front of these days are military personnel. That is, people required as part of their job descriptions to be there and not embarrass the poor, dumb bastard. After all, as he keeps reminding us, he is their commander-in-chief.

But I have to wonder how Bush's use of the word "we" resonates in their ears.


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