March 25, 2006

Was someone trying to be funny?

Posted in In the news at 9:27 am by mamalu

Am I the only person who caught a pathetic echo of Churchill in Bush’s speech on March 20?

Churchill Bush
We shall go on to the end, we shall fight in France,… we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender,… So we will fight them in Iraq, we’ll fight them across the world, and we will stay in the fight until the fight is won.

I have an image of how this happened. The speechwriters are sitting round trying to come up Dubya’s speech in Cleveland. They had already managed a real knee slapper in the opening: “… we believe in free speech, so you’re going to come and give us a speech for free.” But now they need a loud and resounding declaration of their resolve. Nothing. So, to break the silence some junior guy says, “Hey, how about something like …We will fight them in Iraq, we will fight them across the world, and we will stay in the fight … ”. Well, everyone thinks that’s the best thing they’ve heard since “axis of evil.” So, now this guy has a problem—does he say that he was joking or does he say nothing, realizing that pointing out to these guys their stupidity in not recognizing that it was a parody would not be not a positive career move.