Gut Rumbles

November 29, 2003

damn good prez

I spent a lot of yesterday listening to the speech George W. Bush gave when he made his surprise trip to Iraq to visit the troops on Thanksgiving Day. That speech was rerun on the news all day long. The more I listened to it, the more impressed I was.

I also listened to a lot of people who called that trip a political grandstanding move and a photo-op not worthy of all the coverage it received. Bush simply was attempting to cement reelection in 2004.

To those people I say: Kiss my Cracker Ass.

Our President flew into a live-fire zone where American soldiers are dying every day. I'll bet you that he had a LOT of advisors telling him that the trip was too dangerous and not worth the risk. He did it anyway.

The troops loved him for it and when Bush choked up speaking to them, the emotion was genuine. I saw Clinton do that laughter-to-tears act at Ron Brown's funeral and I was totally disgusted by that shit. Clinton should have been a television evangelist. He and Jimmy Swaggert have a lot in common.

Bush displayed balls by doing what he did on Thanksgiving, and I don't care what any wussy-assed Democrat has to say about it. Can you see Joe Lieberman or Al Gore or any of the other dwarves going to Iraq right now? I can't. Buncha pussies.

Will that trip help Bush be reelected? I certainly hope so. Yesterday, I saw a Commander-in-Chief living up to the job. I saw a courageous and compassionate man inspiring his armed forces because he had the nerve to BE WITH THEM where bullets and RPGs fly daily. I saw a President who makes me proud to be an American.

Goddam. I was impressed.


I agree! What a man! It was the best part of MY Thanksgiving. I gave thanks for his leadership and his everyday guts!!!

Posted by: Sallie on November 29, 2003 06:11 AM

Wow you nailed Clinton"Television Evangelist"That does describe that slime ball.Doesn't Al Gore remind you of the kid that allways got picked for a team last?whining and jumping up and down saying "pick me pick me"
GWB=Class act

Posted by: Airboss on November 29, 2003 06:38 AM

Rob, THANK YOU. I believe you truly spoke for all of us on that one.

About a week ago, I bought a new Ensign (U.S. Flag to you landlubbers), for the boat.

I believe that I'll fly that from the masthead, the rest of this weekend. It somehow, seems fitting.

And when my (few) neighbors wonder why I keep going out to the dock, looking upwards with a proud smile on my face, I'll just tell 'em....

...It was a VERY Happy Thanksgiving.

Sloop New Dawn
Galveston, TX

Posted by: Jim on November 29, 2003 07:32 AM

Mega dittos to Sallie's comment.

Posted by: Ms Anna on November 29, 2003 07:33 AM

I think it also accomplished more for our foreign policy than anyone has yet addressed. Our enemies must, at this moment, be thoroughly confounded and slightly uncomfortable with a President of the Only World Power who seems, to them, unpredictable, undeterrable, and unafraid.

Our enemies all must be calling special meetings, special advisors, and yoga instructors. The meeting attendees and advisors will tell them what they already know, and lie to them to save their jobs. The yoga instructors will teach them all how to bend over far enough to kiss their collective ass "buh-bye!"

Those who are determined to hate us and hurt us, must be treated like an enemy. Those who are sworn to protect us must be treated like our dearest family.

GW "gets" it. Thank the Lord!

Posted by: Joan of Argghh! on November 29, 2003 08:16 AM

First prez I can remember going into a combat zone. Stupid. Maybe, but it took a lot of guts, reelection or not. I'll bet his advisors were having fits over it also. Can't take the heat, stay out of the kitchen, right?

Posted by: Wichi Dude on November 29, 2003 08:20 AM


Greetings from Idaho, Southern Sir.

I find it interesting that you would mention the infamous video clip of Clinton after Ron Brown's funeral service. Most people I know completely missed the true interpretation of the "laughter to tears" scene including Rush Limbaugh.

You have to focus on the man walking next to Clinton. When the philanderer in Chief puts his hand up to his face looking as if to wipe a tear away he is actually covering his mouth as he tells his buddy to get serious because the cameras are on them. His friend immediately stops laughing and plays for the camera along with rat bastard Clinton. To me this is even worse than the conventional take on the scene. If you get a chance to see it again you'll see this very clearly.

All hail a true President, G. W. Bush. We can all be proud of this humble man and ourselves for placing him in the Presidency.

Posted by: Don on November 29, 2003 09:59 AM

Actually, Wichi Dude, Abraham Lincoln visited the trenches around Richmond near the end of the US Civil War. If I recall correctly, he got his hat shot off his head.

Posted by: Jack on November 29, 2003 10:45 AM

Ike (Korea) and LBJ (Vietnam) did it. Hell, Slick Willy went to Bosnia. The troops appreciate it, even if no one else does.

Posted by: Larry on November 29, 2003 11:04 AM

Andrew Sullivan pointed out something interesting... As Buch described his 'flight from Waco' before heading to D.C./Baghdad, he mentioned that he and Condoleezza Rice sat in an unmarked car, dressed causually with baseball caps, and that 'we looked a normal couple.' I don't think he said it for effect, he really didn't think about it. That's cool.


Posted by: Ole Eichhorn on November 29, 2003 11:05 AM

Where'd you hear that Jack? Great story if it's true and not legend.

Posted by: "Ralphy" on November 29, 2003 11:28 AM

Jack, you said, "If I recall correctly, he got his hat shot off his head."

That would make you as old as Acidman!


Posted by: Joan of Argghh! on November 29, 2003 11:33 AM

Very well put, and I agree with you totally.

Posted by: Brandy on November 29, 2003 12:48 PM

My favorite part was learning the President's biggest concern about the trip, was for the safety of the troops.

He didn't express concern for his OWN safety, but that if security was breached it would pose unnecessary hazard to the soldiers.


Posted by: SASSY on November 29, 2003 02:02 PM

Acidman, should I take it from this post that dissenting opinions are not welcome?
This is your blog and I would not come here and voice my opinion if that offended or irked you. All that is necessary is to say "keep your opinions to yourself".
I am not a sheep. I will not follow blindly or give in because people insult me and call me names. I will stand up for what I believe. In the same vein, I respect that this is your weblog and the only rights I have here are those granted by you.

Posted by: wanda on November 29, 2003 02:25 PM

Wanda, just a slight correction. Rights are not granted, while *privileges* may be.

Posted by: SteveH on November 29, 2003 03:23 PM

It's difficult to sort out what Wanda is driving at; if she doesn't like Bush's political stances, then she should be commenting on a post about that topic. If she doesn't like Bush as a person, so be it; she's said her piece several times. If she doesn't like Bush being a mensch, she should say so without wandering all over the lot.

Posted by: MommaBear on November 29, 2003 04:18 PM

Though I have no right or privilege to make Wanda feel welcome, I hope she does not feel unwelcome -- even though I have seen nothing in the thought of [new or pseudo] liberals regarding the "Bush Doctrine" or the nature of the terrorist threat other than rather dire dysfunctions of the thought process [mainly involving disasterization and vilification]. But there is hopefully no question of whether Wanda or her thoughts are welcome.
Bush's visit was brilliant, and surely conceived by him, out of a genuine desire to show his commitment to the task and his regard for the troops. Cynics [alleged realists] do not see that good politics can simply be developing and pursuing the right path.

Posted by: Ga-ne-sha on November 29, 2003 09:29 PM

She needs to come out and say what she thinks and stop cowtoeing about it. It'd be a boring world if we all thought alike.

Posted by: "Ralphy" on November 29, 2003 11:17 PM

I have said what I have to say. More than once.
Personally Ralphy I think you just need a dog to kick and I'm your chosen target this week.

I will not carry on a pissing contest with you in someone elses blog. My comment was directed to ROB, thus the opening line. The only answer I care about is his.
Steven, I stand corrected.

Posted by: wanda on November 29, 2003 11:58 PM

The visit by the CinC to Iraq has been applauded by America's friends throughout the world.

It's what LEADERS do!

Stuff the rest of them, the weak mongrels.

Posted by: Pedro the Ignorant on November 30, 2003 09:11 AM

Personally, Wanda - I could give two shits what you think. I think you're just looking for a shoulder to cry on. You stated your opinion, then I stated mine. Get over it.

Posted by: "Ralphy" on November 30, 2003 09:30 AM

Hi...I´m just surfed in and want to say hello!
Regards George

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