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My Favorite Part Of Bush's State Of The Union
21 Jan 2004
Bush had an unexpected moment, one Karl Rove hadn't
prepared him for because even he didn't expect it.
The look on Bush's face was a definite kodak moment.
Here's text of the short part leading up to my favorite moment last
night.

"If these methods are good for hunting criminals, they are even more
important for hunting terrorists. Key provisions of the PATRIOT Act
are set to expire next year..."

[ Sudden unexpected uproarious applause ]

The gaggle of congresspeople who were seldom
clapping or standing up or anything, (you know,
democrats, independents, a couple republicans
who think he's too neocon, etc) were making
their point clear. As if they had a spine all
of a sudden.

They weren't applauding George W Bush, they were
applauding the fact that the bill's going to sunset.

Bush went on to try and woo them toward clapping for
his plans to renew the Patriot act, but they just
went back to half clapping and just sitting there.

It was classic.

I don't think I've watched a house that divided in
my lifetime. And many people are remarking that the
house hasn't been this divided for a state of the Union
since the year before Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation.

Democrats did their obligatory face time on TV afterward
but there was some added spine in there too, by either
Daschle or Kerry pointing out that overall, the pResident
showed just how out of touch he really is with most
everybody that the Untied States call "Americans."

I don't know that it's going to earn them the
pResidency, but it definitely made them come out
looking more honest and observant.

marco

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Re: My Favorite Part Of Bush's State Of The Union
21 Jan 2004
it's funny, because the speech had been leaked before the state of the union started, they probably had that planned out.

i was freaking out a few people by reading off parts of his speech 10 seconds before he would say it.