Rachel (chocolatecrane) wrote,

Bush is a witless chimpanzee

That's pretty much the main impression I got from watching the first debate tonight. Kerry brought up all kinds of points: North Korea getting nuclear weapons, the diversion of troops away from catching Bin Laden so that they could prepare to invade Iraq, the lack of adequate supplies (like body and vehicle armor!) for the troops in Iraq, etc, etc, and Bush just couldn't respond to them. He just kept repeating the same things over and over; "mixed messages are bad," "we must be resolute," "Kerry saw the same intelligence [on Iraq] I did." Perhaps the most egregious bit was when Kerry pointed out that it was Osama Bin Laden who attacked America, and that Saddam Hussein had no connection with the attack, and Bush replied, "I know it was Osama Bin Laden who attacked America! My opponent saw the same intelligence I did... (repetition of talking points on Iraq)"

Best bit from Kerry: the story about the Cuban Missile Crisis, where the American official who went to Charles de Gaulle offered to show him the photos of the missile installations, and de Gaulle waved them away, saying, "The word of the American president is good enough for me." How many world leaders today would be willing to say such a thing? Bush had no good response to that, and retreated to his talking points.
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