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You know, I like to say this economy is strong and getting stronger.
He likes to say that, but saying something doesn't make it true, no matter how many times Bush repeats it.
If America shows weakness or uncertainty in this decade, the world will drift toward tragedy.
So, kids, voting for John Kerry expresses uncertainty. This is only a kinder, gentler way of saying what Dick Cheney said up in Des Moines the same day, which amounted to: A vote for John Kerry will get you killed by terrorists.
The Bushit at Lee's Summit continued, but the president's friendly audience ate it up.
In his riff about jobs, he described a world in which "people are changing jobs quite frequently here in America, and they're changing careers" -- as if that was a happy choice people had. As if people aren't changing jobs and changing careers because they've lost the ones they had.
[John Kerry says] Oh, don't worry, we'll tax the rich. Well, that's why the rich hire accountants and lawyers. They dodge, you pay, but we're not going to let him tax you, because we're going to win this election in November. (Applause)
Huh? I think that what he's saying is, it's OK for his rich pals -- the haves and the have-mores whom he likes to call his base -- to avoid paying their taxes.
We stand for a culture of life, in which every person matters and every being counts. By the time Bush left Missouri that day, more news would break: 1,000 U.S. soldiers had died in Iraq.
We stand for marriage and family, which are the foundations of our society. Unless you're Dick Cheney's lesbian daughter, in which case you don't get to hang out on the podium with the rest of his kids and grandkids at the Republican National Convention.
When a President says something, he must mean it.
Is this a promise for his second term, or does Bush really think we believe him? Actually, he has no reason not to believe his own schtick.
None of the handpicked 15,000 people at Lee's Summit High School were likely to disbelieve or disagree with him -- their job was merely to applaud. Obviously, the only reason for Bush's stop in Missouri was so he could address a friendly crowd while TV networks gathered fresh video for that night's news. There's no chance he's going to change anyone's mind or gain any new votes at these events. The media pretend this is a campaign, though Bush's trips to Missouri aren't a campaign at all but rather a series of infomercials -- in effect, more Bush lies. Even the next day, when the Star's political correspondent Steve Kraske reported on the president's trip across Missouri, two of the regular joes he quoted -- Wayne Lamb and Steve Platt of Sedalia Steel Supply Inc. -- had been supplied to the media by the Bush-Cheney campaign. The e-mail slugged "Background on Participants in 'Ask President Bush'," with biographical information on Lamb and Platt, arrived from BC '04 at 1:10 p.m.
"For the last two or three cycles, my sense has been that we've moved very clearly in the direction you're describing, not only for the Republicans but for the Democrats as well," Kraske says when I pose the canned-campaign question to him. "You could make a case that the Republicans go to that extent more so than the Democrats do by a slight margin. On the train trip across Missouri that Kerry/Edwards took a month ago, there were a lot of pro-Bush people in the crowd. It wasn't a pure pro-Kerry rally and that struck me as interesting. You don't see that anymore by either party, that sort of 'Hey, we're going to stop and anyone who wants to see us can come.'"