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Flounder, deer. Tomayto, tomahto. How awesome was the debate last night?! Well, awesome except it becomes even more obvious that we have a president who cannot even string together a complete sentence on his own. I don't know what I enjoyed more, the ten second pauses as he racked his brain for that exact phrase Condi used, or the little smile he would give whenever he remembered to throw in one of Rummy's big words.

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rroseselavyoui
Oct. 1st, 2004 09:30 am (UTC)
HAHAHAHAHAHA! Damn am I sorry I couldn't see it!
scythrop
Oct. 1st, 2004 09:41 am (UTC)
It was. Amazing.

I admit that I am biased, and that I watched with an expectation that Kerry would be smart and a good debater, and that Bush would stumble over some memorized rhetoric. My expectations were exceeded on both counts. Bush came across as an absolute, bumbling buffoon, stumbling over his words, mispronouncing things, not answering the questions, getting flustered, not using all of his time, etc., etc. Kerry, on the other hand, avoided coming across as "stiff" and "patrician" (although frankly neither of those qualities bother me in anyone, and I find them desirable in a president, but that's just me), and he gave concise, understandable, commanding answers. I was so relieved. I just hope the swing voters actually watched the whole thing rather than just relying on reports in the media.
franklyvulgar
Oct. 1st, 2004 09:40 am (UTC)
HAH! That pictorial representation is perfect.

The pauses were killer, as was the incessant lip-pursing.
scythrop
Oct. 1st, 2004 09:43 am (UTC)
I actually found the Bush picture on my deer headlights Google image search!
scythrop
Oct. 1st, 2004 09:49 am (UTC)
p.s. this too!
silentshout
Oct. 1st, 2004 11:01 am (UTC)
Re: p.s. this too!
HAHAHA!

i loved it when he'd barrel into the end of kerry's statement to retort with a big defense and long pause. he looked very threatened up there. it was refreshing, watching him squirm.
scythrop
Oct. 1st, 2004 11:17 am (UTC)
He was very threatened because for once he had to contend one-on-one, in public, with someone far brighter, more articulate, and more educated than he is. The relatively equivocal mainstream media response is bewildering, although in contrast Fox News quickly pointed out Bush's blunders.

I love that the networks "broke the rules" by showing side-by-side and reaction shots. So telling!
silentshout
Oct. 1st, 2004 11:29 am (UTC)
those side-by-side shots were FANTASTIC. it was funny watching the differences between them when they, say, took notes.

kerry:`"hmm.. $500 million to iraq to put police officers in the streets of iraq... cutting COPS program in america..."

bush: "how do you spell 'the'?"
scythrop
Oct. 1st, 2004 12:44 pm (UTC)
There was a nice quote in the local paper this morning (the News-Press, aka the Snooze-Press) from an observer at S.B. landmark Joe's Cafe :

Ron Gutier, 56, also came down on Mr. Kerry's side, adding, "I think he's just much more articulate than Bush."

Indeed, Mr. Gutier was among several people at Joe's who laughed when the president misspoke, such as when he pronounced nuclear "nook-u-ler."

"I saw them both taking notes," he added, "but I think Bush was doing it just to look smart."
franklyvulgar
Oct. 1st, 2004 02:16 pm (UTC)
I swear at one point he actually said "nook-u-lear", as though he remember halfway through the word that everyone makes fun of him when he says it like Homer Simpson.

I'm pretty sure Bush was just doodling. He doesn't seem like a note-taker, does he?
mercuryglare
Oct. 1st, 2004 06:14 pm (UTC)
Re: p.s. this too!
LOL! classic. absolutely classic.
miauhaus
Oct. 1st, 2004 11:15 am (UTC)
you've hit it right on the head...
... but what makes me sad is that most people in this country are actually on bush's level and do not see anything wrong with his (in)abilities.

in fact, a bunch of my co-workers today said that he was "cute" last night and that they thought he did wayyyy better than kerry. it really makes me feel like crying.

can all the smart people in the US create their own country i wonder??
scythrop
Oct. 1st, 2004 11:20 am (UTC)
can all the smart people in the US create their own country i wonder??

I know, I know. You've hit the other nail just as squarely. My only conclusion is that a large number of Americans want to see "themselves" at the top, rather than someone who talks fancy and knows where all them Europe countries are.
sanctusreign
Oct. 1st, 2004 06:42 pm (UTC)
I'm kinda sad I missed it now. I had to take a stupid appraisal midterm. >_
scythrop
Oct. 1st, 2004 10:00 pm (UTC)
Well, for better or worse we have the not-to-be-missed vice presidential debate on Tuesday, plus two more Kerry-Bush funfests within the next two weeks. Keep your fingers crossed!
randomdancing
Oct. 6th, 2004 05:05 pm (UTC)
Hey - I found your journal through mutual friends, and I'm tempted by your "friends only" lure. May I be added?
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