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Mr. Chairman, delegates, fellow citizens: I am honored by your support, and I accept your nomination for President of the United States.

When I said those words four years ago, none of us could have envisioned what these years would bring. In the heart of this great city, we saw tragedy arrive on a quiet morning. We saw the bravery of rescuers grow with danger. We learned of passengers on a doomed plane who died with a courage that frightened their killers. We have seen a shaken economy rise to its feet. And we have seen Americans in uniform storming mountain strongholds, and charging through sandstorms, and liberating millions, with acts of valor that would make the men of Normandy proud.

Since 2001, Americans have been given hills to climb, and found the strength to climb them. Now, because we have made the hard journey, we can see the valley below. Now, because we have faced challenges with resolve, we have historic goals within our reach, and greatness in our future. We will build a safer world and a more hopeful America ? and nothing will hold us back.

In the work we have done, and the work we will do, I am fortunate to have a superb Vice President. I have counted on Dick Cheney's calm and steady judgment in difficult days, and I am honored to have him at my side.

I am grateful to share my walk in life with Laura Bush. Americans have come to see the goodness and kindness and strength I first saw 26 years ago, and we love our First Lady.

I am a fortunate father of two spirited, intelligent, and lovely young women. I am blessed with a sister and brothers who are also my closest friends. And I will always be the proud and grateful son of George and Barbara Bush.

My father served eight years at the side of another great American ? Ronald Reagan. His spirit of optimism and goodwill and decency are in this hall, and in our hearts, and will always define our party.

Two months from today, voters will make a choice based on the records we have built, the convictions we hold, and the vision that guides us forward. A presidential election is a contest for the future. Tonight I will tell you where I stand, what I believe, and where I will lead this country in the next four years.

I believe every child can learn, and every school must teach - so we passed the most important federal education reform in history. Because we acted, children are making sustained progress in reading and math, America's schools are getting better, and nothing will hold us back.

I believe we have a moral responsibility to honor America's seniors - so I brought Republicans and Democrats together to strengthen Medicare. Now seniors are getting immediate help buying medicine. Soon every senior will be able to get prescription drug coverage, and nothing will hold us back.

I believe in the energy and innovative spirit of America's workers, entrepreneurs, farmers, and ranchers - so we unleashed that energy with the largest tax relief in a generation. Because we acted, our economy is growing again, and creating jobs, and nothing will hold us back.

I believe the most solemn duty of the American president is to protect the American people. If America shows uncertainty and weakness in this decade, the world will drift toward tragedy. This will not happen on my watch.

I am running for President with a clear and positive plan to build a safer world, and a more hopeful America. I am running with a compassionate conservative philosophy: that government should help people improve their lives, not try to run their lives. I believe this Nation wants steady, consistent, principled leadership ? and that is why, with your help, we will win this election.

The story of America is the story of expanding liberty: an ever-widening circle, constantly growing to reach further and include more. Our Nation's founding commitment is still our deepest commitment: In our world, and here at home, we will extend the frontiers of freedom.

The times in which we live and work are changing dramatically. The workers of our parents' generation typically had one job, one skill, one career - often with one company that provided health care and a pension. And most of those workers were men. Today, workers change jobs, even careers, many times during their lives, and in one of the most dramatic shifts our society has seen, two-thirds of all Moms also work outside the home.

This changed world can be a time of great opportunity for all Americans to earn a better living, support your family, and have a rewarding career. And government must take your side. Many of our most fundamental systems - the tax code, health coverage, pension plans, worker training - were created for the world of yesterday, not tomorrow. We will transform these systems so that all citizens are equipped, prepared - and thus truly free - to make your own choices and pursue your own dreams.

My plan begins with providing the security and opportunity of a growing economy. We now compete in a global market that provides new buyers for our goods, but new competition for our workers. To create more jobs in America, America must be the best place in the world to do business. To create jobs, my plan will encourage investment and expansion by restraining federal spending, reducing regulation, and making tax relief permanent. To create jobs, we will make our country less dependent on foreign sources of energy. To create jobs, we will expand trade and level the playing field to sell American goods and services across the globe. And we must protect small business owners and workers from the explosion of frivolous lawsuits that threaten jobs across America.

Another drag on our economy is the current tax code, which is a complicated mess - filled with special interest loopholes, saddling our people with more than six billion hours of paperwork and headache every year. The American people deserve ? and our economic future demands ? a simpler, fairer, pro-growth system. In a new term, I will lead a bipartisan effort to reform and simplify the federal tax code.

Another priority in a new term will be to help workers take advantage of the expanding economy to find better, higher-paying jobs. In this time of change, many workers want to go back to school to learn different or higher-level skills. So we will double the number of people served by our principal job training program and increase funding for community colleges. I know that with the right skills, American workers can compete with anyone, anywhere in the world.

In this time of change, opportunity in some communities is more distant than in others. To stand with workers in poor communities - and those that have lost manufacturing, textile, and other jobs - we will create American opportunity zones. In these areas, we'll provide tax relief and other incentives to attract new business, and improve housing and job training to bring hope and work throughout all of America.

As I've traveled the country, I've met many workers and small business owners who have told me they are worried they cannot afford health care. More than half of the uninsured are small business employees and their families. In a new term, we must allow small firms to join together to purchase insurance at the discounts available to big companies. We will offer a tax credit to encourage small businesses and their employees to set up health savings accounts, and provide direct help for low-income Americans to purchase them. These accounts give workers the security of insurance against major illness, the opportunity to save tax-free for routine health expenses, and the freedom of knowing you can take your account with you whenever you change jobs. And we will provide low-income Americans with better access to health care: In a new term, I will ensure every poor county in America has a community or rural health center.

As I have traveled our country, I have met too many good doctors, especially OB-GYNS, who are being forced out of practice because of the high cost of lawsuits. To make health care more affordable and accessible, we must pass medical liability reform now. And in all we do to improve health care in America, we will make sure that health decisions are made by doctors and patients, not by bureaucrats in Washington, DC.

In this time of change, government must take the side of working families. In a new term, we will change outdated labor laws to offer comp-time and flex-time. Our laws should never stand in the way of a more family-friendly workplace.

Another priority for a new term is to build an ownership society, because ownership brings security, and dignity, and independence.

Thanks to our policies, homeownership in America is at an all-time high. Tonight we set a new goal: seven million more affordable homes in the next 10 years so more American families will be able to open the door and say welcome to my home.

In an ownership society, more people will own their health plans, and have the confidence of owning a piece of their retirement. We will always keep the promise of Social Security for our older workers. With the huge Baby Boom generation approaching retirement, many of our children and grandchildren understandably worry whether Social Security will be there when they need it. We must strengthen Social Security by allowing younger workers to save some of their taxes in a personal account - a nest egg you can call your own, and government can never take away.

In all these proposals, we seek to provide not just a government program, but a path - a path to greater opportunity, more freedom, and more control over your own life.

This path begins with our youngest Americans. To build a more hopeful America, we must help our children reach as far as their vision and character can take them. Tonight, I remind every parent and every teacher, I say to every child: No matter what your circumstance, no matter where you live - your school will be the path to the promise of America.

We are transforming our schools by raising standards and focusing on results. We are insisting on accountability, empowering parents and teachers, and making sure that local people are in charge of their schools. By testing every child, we are identifying those who need help - and we're providing a record level of funding to get them that help. In northeast Georgia, Gainesville Elementary School is mostly Hispanic and 90 percent poor - and this year 90 percent of its students passed state tests in reading and math. The principal expresses the philosophy of his school this way: "We don't focus on what we can't do at this school; we focus on what we can do - We do whatever it takes to get kids across the finish line." This principal is challenging the soft bigotry of low expectations, and that is the spirit of our education reform, and the commitment of our country: No dejaremos a ningún niño atrás. We will leave no child behind.

We are making progress ? and there is more to do. In this time of change, most new jobs are filled by people with at least two years of college, yet only about one in four students gets there. In our high schools, we will fund early intervention programs to help students at risk. We will place a new focus on math and science. As we make progress, we will require a rigorous exam before graduation. By raising performance in our high schools, and expanding Pell grants for low and middle income families, we will help more Americans start their career with a college diploma.

America's children must also have a healthy start in life. In a new term, we will lead an aggressive effort to enroll millions of poor children who are eligible but not signed up for the government's health insurance programs. We will not allow a lack of attention, or information, to stand between these children and the health care they need.

Anyone who wants more details on my agenda can find them online. The web address is not very imaginative, but it's easy to remember: GeorgeWBush.com.

These changing times can be exciting times of expanded opportunity. And here, you face a choice. My opponent's policies are dramatically different from ours. Senator Kerry opposed Medicare reform and health savings accounts. After supporting my education reforms, he now wants to dilute them. He opposes legal and medical liability reform. He opposed reducing the marriage penalty, opposed doubling the child credit, and opposed lowering income taxes for all who pay them. To be fair, there are some things my opponent is for ? he's proposed more than two trillion dollars in new federal spending so far, and that's a lot, even for a senator from Massachusetts. To pay for that spending, he is running on a platform of increasing taxes - and that's the kind of promise a politician usually keeps.

His policies of tax and spend - of expanding government rather than expanding opportunity - are the policies of the past. We are on the path to the future - and we are not turning back.

In this world of change, some things do not change: the values we try to live by, the institutions that give our lives meaning and purpose. Our society rests on a foundation of responsibility and character and family commitment.

Because family and work are sources of stability and dignity, I support welfare reform that strengthens family and requires work. Because a caring society will value its weakest members, we must make a place for the unborn child. Because religious charities provide a safety net of mercy and compassion, our government must never discriminate against them. Because the union of a man and woman deserves an honored place in our society, I support the protection of marriage against activist judges. And I will continue to appoint federal judges who know the difference between personal opinion and the strict interpretation of the law.

My opponent recently announced that he is the candidate of "conservative values," which must have come as a surprise to a lot of his supporters. Now, there are some problems with this claim. If you say the heart and soul of America is found in Hollywood, I'm afraid you are not the candidate of conservative values. If you voted against the bipartisan Defense of Marriage Act, which President Clinton signed, you are not the candidate of conservative values. If you gave a speech, as my opponent did, calling the Reagan presidency eight years of "moral darkness," then you may be a lot of things, but the candidate of conservative values is not one of them.

This election will also determine how America responds to the continuing danger of terrorism ? and you know where I stand. Three days after September 11th, I stood where Americans died, in the ruins of the Twin Towers. Workers in hard hats were shouting to me, "Whatever it takes." A fellow grabbed me by the arm and he said, "Do not let me down." Since that day, I wake up every morning thinking about how to better protect our country. I will never relent in defending America - whatever it takes.

So we have fought the terrorists across the earth - not for pride, not for power, but because the lives of our citizens are at stake. Our strategy is clear. We have tripled funding for homeland security and trained half a million first responders, because we are determined to protect our homeland. We are transforming our military and reforming and strengthening our intelligence services. We are staying on the offensive - striking terrorists abroad - so we do not have to face them here at home. And we are working to advance liberty in the broader Middle East, because freedom will bring a future of hope, and the peace we all want. And we will prevail.

Our strategy is succeeding. Four years ago, Afghanistan was the home base of al-Qaida, Pakistan was a transit point for terrorist groups, Saudi Arabia was fertile ground for terrorist fundraising, Libya was secretly pursuing nuclear weapons, Iraq was a gathering threat, and al-Qaida was largely unchallenged as it planned attacks. Today, the government of a free Afghanistan is fighting terror, Pakistan is capturing terrorist leaders, Saudi Arabia is making raids and arrests, Libya is dismantling its weapons programs, the army of a free Iraq is fighting for freedom, and more than three-quarters of al-Qaida's key members and associates have been detained or killed. We have led, many have joined, and America and the world are safer.

This progress involved careful diplomacy, clear moral purpose, and some tough decisions. And the toughest came on Iraq. We knew Saddam Hussein's record of aggression and support for terror. We knew his long history of pursuing, even using, weapons of mass destruction. And we know that September 11th requires our country to think differently: We must, and we will, confront threats to America before it is too late.

In Saddam Hussein, we saw a threat. Members of both political parties, including my opponent and his running mate, saw the threat, and voted to authorize the use of force. We went to the United Nations Security Council, which passed a unanimous resolution demanding the dictator disarm, or face serious consequences. Leaders in the Middle East urged him to comply. After more than a decade of diplomacy, we gave Saddam Hussein another chance, a final chance, to meet his responsibilities to the civilized world. He again refused, and I faced the kind of decision that comes only to the Oval Office - a decision no president would ask for, but must be prepared to make. Do I forget the lessons of September 11th and take the word of a madman, or do I take action to defend our country? Faced with that choice, I will defend America every time.

Because we acted to defend our country, the murderous regimes of Saddam Hussein and the Taliban are history, more than 50 million people have been liberated, and democracy is coming to the broader Middle East. In Afghanistan, terrorists have done everything they can to intimidate people - yet more than 10 million citizens have registered to vote in the October presidential election - a resounding endorsement of democracy. Despite ongoing acts of violence, Iraq now has a strong Prime Minister, a national council, and national elections are scheduled for January. Our Nation is standing with the people of Afghanistan and Iraq, because when America gives its word, America must keep its word. As importantly, we are serving a vital and historic cause that will make our country safer. Free societies in the Middle East will be hopeful societies, which no longer feed resentments and breed violence for export. Free governments in the Middle East will fight terrorists instead of harboring them, and that helps us keep the peace. So our mission in Afghanistan and Iraq is clear: We will help new leaders to train their armies, and move toward elections, and get on the path of stability and democracy as quickly as possible. And then our troops will return home with the honor they have earned.

Our troops know the historic importance of our work. One Army Specialist wrote home: "We are transforming a once sick society into a hopeful place - The various terrorist enemies we are facing in Iraq," he continued, "are really aiming at you back in the United States. This is a test of will for our country. We soldiers of yours are doing great and scoring victories in confronting the evil terrorists."

That young man is right - our men and women in uniform are doing a superb job for America. Tonight I want to speak to all of them - and to their families: You are involved in a struggle of historic proportion. Because of your service and sacrifice, we are defeating the terrorists where they live and plan, and making America safer. Because of you, women in Afghanistan are no longer shot in a sports stadium. Because of you, the people of Iraq no longer fear being executed and left in mass graves. Because of you, the world is more just and will be more peaceful. We owe you our thanks, and we owe you something more. We will give you all the resources, all the tools, and all the support you need for victory.

Again, my opponent and I have different approaches. I proposed, and the Congress overwhelmingly passed, 87 billion dollars in funding needed by our troops doing battle in Afghanistan and Iraq. My opponent and his running mate voted against this money for bullets, and fuel, and vehicles, and body armor. When asked to explain his vote, the Senator said, "I actually did vote for the 87 billion dollars before I voted against it." Then he said he was "proud" of that vote. Then, when pressed, he said it was a "complicated" matter. There is nothing complicated about supporting our troops in combat.

Our allies also know the historic importance of our work. About 40 nations stand beside us in Afghanistan, and some 30 in Iraq. And I deeply appreciate the courage and wise counsel of leaders like Prime Minister Howard, and President Kwasniewski, and Prime Minister Berlusconi - and, of course, Prime Minister Tony Blair.

Again, my opponent takes a different approach. In the midst of war, he has called America's allies, quote, a "coalition of the coerced and the bribed." That would be nations like Great Britain, Poland, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Denmark, El Salvador, Australia, and others - allies that deserve the respect of all Americans, not the scorn of a politician. I respect every soldier, from every country, who serves beside us in the hard work of history. America is grateful, and America will not forget.

The people we have freed won't forget either. Not long ago, seven Iraqi men came to see me in the Oval Office. They had "X"s branded into their foreheads, and their right hands had been cut off, by Saddam Hussein's secret police, the sadistic punishment for imaginary crimes. During our emotional visit one of the Iraqi men used his new prosthetic hand to slowly write out, in Arabic, a prayer for God to bless America. I am proud that our country remains the hope of the oppressed, and the greatest force for good on this earth.

Others understand the historic importance of our work. The terrorists know. They know that a vibrant, successful democracy at the heart of the Middle East will discredit their radical ideology of hate. They know that men and women with hope, and purpose, and dignity do not strap bombs on their bodies and kill the innocent. The terrorists are fighting freedom with all their cunning and cruelty because freedom is their greatest fear - and they should be afraid, because freedom is on the march.

I believe in the transformational power of liberty: The wisest use of American strength is to advance freedom. As the citizens of Afghanistan and Iraq seize the moment, their example will send a message of hope throughout a vital region. Palestinians will hear the message that democracy and reform are within their reach, and so is peace with our good friend Israel. Young women across the Middle East will hear the message that their day of equality and justice is coming. Young men will hear the message that national progress and dignity are found in liberty, not tyranny and terror. Reformers, and political prisoners, and exiles will hear the message that their dream of freedom cannot be denied forever. And as freedom advances - heart by heart, and nation by nation - America will be more secure and the world more peaceful.

America has done this kind of work before - and there have always been doubters. In 1946, 18 months after the fall of Berlin to allied forces, a journalist wrote in the New York Times, "Germany is a land in an acute stage of economic, political and moral crisis. [European] capitals are frightened. In every [military] headquarters, one meets alarmed officials doing their utmost to deal with the consequences of the occupation policy that they admit has failed." End quote. Maybe that same person's still around, writing editorials. Fortunately, we had a resolute president named Truman, who with the American people persevered, knowing that a new democracy at the center of Europe would lead to stability and peace. And because that generation of Americans held firm in the cause of liberty, we live in a better and safer world today.

The progress we and our friends and allies seek in the broader Middle East will not come easily, or all at once. Yet Americans, of all people, should never be surprised by the power of liberty to transform lives and nations. That power brought settlers on perilous journeys, inspired colonies to rebellion, ended the sin of slavery, and set our Nation against the tyrannies of the 20th century. We were honored to aid the rise of democracy in Germany and Japan and Nicaragua and Central Europe and the Baltics and that noble story goes on. I believe that America is called to lead the cause of freedom in a new century. I believe that millions in the Middle East plead in silence for their liberty. I believe that given the chance, they will embrace the most honorable form of government ever devised by man. I believe all these things because freedom is not America's gift to the world, it is the Almighty God's gift to every man and woman in this world.

This moment in the life of our country will be remembered. Generations will know if we kept our faith and kept our word. Generations will know if we seized this moment, and used it to build a future of safety and peace. The freedom of many, and the future security of our Nation, now depend on us. And tonight, my fellow Americans, I ask you to stand with me.

In the last four years, you and I have come to know each other. Even when we don't agree, at least you know what I believe and where I stand. You may have noticed I have a few flaws, too. People sometimes have to correct my English - I knew I had a problem when Arnold Schwarzenegger started doing it. Some folks look at me and see a certain swagger, which in Texas is called "walking." Now and then I come across as a little too blunt - and for that we can all thank the white-haired lady sitting right up there.

One thing I have learned about the presidency is that whatever shortcomings you have, people are going to notice them - and whatever strengths you have, you're going to need them. These four years have brought moments I could not foresee and will not forget. I have tried to comfort Americans who lost the most on September 11th - people who showed me a picture or told me a story, so I would know how much was taken from them. I have learned first-hand that ordering Americans into battle is the hardest decision, even when it is right. I have returned the salute of wounded soldiers, some with a very tough road ahead, who say they were just doing their job. I've held the children of the fallen, who are told their dad or mom is a hero, but would rather just have their dad or mom.

And I have met with parents and wives and husbands who have received a folded flag, and said a final goodbye to a soldier they loved. I am awed that so many have used those meetings to say that I am in their prayers - to offer encouragement to me. Where does strength like that come from? How can people so burdened with sorrow also feel such pride? It is because they know their loved one was last seen doing good. Because they know that liberty was precious to the one they lost. And in those military families, I have seen the character of a great nation: decent, and idealistic, and strong.

The world saw that spirit three miles from here, when the people of this city faced peril together, and lifted a flag over the ruins, and defied the enemy with their courage. My fellow Americans, for as long as our country stands, people will look to the resurrection of New York City and they will say: Here buildings fell, and here a nation rose.

We see America's character in our military, which finds a way or makes one. We see it in our veterans, who are supporting military families in their days of worry. We see it in our young people, who have found heroes once again. We see that character in workers and entrepreneurs, who are renewing our economy with their effort and optimism. And all of this has confirmed one belief beyond doubt: Having come this far, our tested and confident Nation can achieve anything.

To everything we know there is a season ? a time for sadness, a time for struggle, a time for rebuilding. And now we have reached a time for hope. This young century will be liberty's century. By promoting liberty abroad, we will build a safer world. By encouraging liberty at home, we will build a more hopeful America. Like generations before us, we have a calling from beyond the stars to stand for freedom. This is the everlasting dream of America - and tonight, in this place, that dream is renewed. Now we go forward - grateful for our freedom, faithful to our cause, and confident in the future of the greatest nation on earth. God bless you, and may God continue to bless America.

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Thu Sep 02, 2004 at 06:25 PM PDT.

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  •  great now I don't have to watch it (none)
    I'll go swimming in my pool get out for the daily show AND THE KERRY RESPONSE FROM OHIO AT MIDNIGHT

    GAME ON MOTHERFUCKERS:

    this is your mission: TERMINATE the Bush presidency

    by nevadadem on Thu Sep 02, 2004 at 06:27:50 PM PDT

  •  The wonders of Ctrl + F (4.00)
    "Osama" --> 0
  •  aoeu (none)
    His policies of tax and spend - of expanding government rather than expanding opportunity - are the policies of the past.

    Where as in the past 4 years we have vastly increased the size of the government and gone to war without paying for it.  It's free money, hell we didn't even have to PRINT money.

    I tried calming him;
    Zell Miller scared him shitless.
    In the shell he stays.

    by TealVeal on Thu Sep 02, 2004 at 06:29:53 PM PDT

  •  I'm sure it wasn't intentional (none)
    but I loved the question marks after "We will build a safer world and a more hopeful America" and "...at the side of another great American..." (that last in reference to St. Ron).

    And when the hell did he ever meet with the family of a soldier killed in action? I'm sure they would have milked that for all the juice they could squeeze out, had it ever happened.

    As you might expect. Terror. Terror. Ronald Reagan. Terror. My lovely wife. Terror. My great vice preznit. Terror. Terror. More terror. My dad. Terror. Terror.

    Snooooooooooooooooooooooooooooze.

    •  asdf (none)
      I'm sure he's met with the family of someone killed in Iraq- he's just never attended the funeral of one.

      I'm a non-union non-Chicago machine blue collar Illinois Democrat- because I care!

      by Poika on Thu Sep 02, 2004 at 06:38:02 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Meh (none)
    I've heard all this stuff before.  Where's those bold new ideas they promised?  

    JE M'ENNUIE DEJA

    The emperor has no brains.

    by daria g on Thu Sep 02, 2004 at 06:31:38 PM PDT

  •  Not on my watch? (4.00)
    Whose watch was it, then?

    I believe the most solemn duty of the American president is to protect the American people. If America shows uncertainty and weakness in this decade, the world will drift toward tragedy. This will not happen on my watch.
    It already happened once. "Bin Laden Determined to Strike in U.S." Usually, when someone's incompetence contributes to the death of thousands of people, they get fired -- not given the chance to fuck up again as his first mistake slips down the memory hole.

    - Marc from http://whopundit.blogspot.com

    http://whopundit.blogspot.com
    independent politics, independent music and two unemployed dudes.

    by whopundit on Thu Sep 02, 2004 at 06:31:38 PM PDT

  •  OMG (3.75)
    The obvious suck-up to Latinos in the "no child left behind" paragraph makes me feel ill.

    (BTW, Kos, what did you think of the George Loves Latinos video earlier?  I'd love your take on it!)

    Interesting how he has the paragraph - 5th from the bottom - where he pokes fun at himself.

    But what's noticeably missing here???  Anything about his RECORD.  Anything about what he's ACCOMPLISHED.

    Why?  Because it's a record of failure.  And because nothing good of substance has been accomplished.  Bush is running on failure.  We must remind people of that.

    •  I'd love to see a (none)
      diary from you about your recommendations (I've read two, so far, in this thread) for specific rapid responses and issues about which we remind people. You have a talent for focusing on the big issues which escapes me, for one. (I get stuck on details.) Anyway, if you have a few extra moments ...
  •  Woah (4.00)
    Again, my opponent and I have different approaches. I proposed, and the Congress overwhelmingly passed, 87 billion dollars in funding needed by our troops doing battle in Afghanistan and Iraq. My opponent and his running mate voted against this money for bullets, and fuel, and vehicles, and body armor. When asked to explain his vote, the Senator said, "I actually did vote for the 87 billion dollars before I voted against it." Then he said he was "proud" of that vote. Then, when pressed, he said it was a "complicated" matter. There is nothing complicated about supporting our troops in combat.

    Like, say, vetoing the same fucking bill?

    I hope someone stomps on that.

  •  The Great American Shout Out (none)
    Everyone remember to do Al Franken's Great American Shout Out when Bush steps up for the speech.

    Details here:

    http://www.greatamericanshoutout.org

  •  wow (none)
    i can't believe how negative it is and how much time he spends on attacks.
  •  Quick Word Count (none)
    Words 5,042

    Saddam 5

    God 4

    September 11 - 4

    WMD 1

    Reagan 2

    Cheney 1

    McCain 0

    Bin Laden 0

    Al Qaeda 0

    Jobs 0

  •  Nice try kos (4.00)
    putting up a fake speech.

    obviously no one would speak such lies and drivel aloud.

  •  And this drivel is called "visionary" (none)
    Nothing new here, move on....
  •  He's definitely (none)
    trying to come across as kinder and nicer.

    George W. Bush -- Disaster Accomplished

    by Unstable Isotope on Thu Sep 02, 2004 at 06:36:41 PM PDT

  •  Details.... (none)
    He's had 4 years and now has the nerve to say "check my website for details."

    Ownership?  Code word for the privatization of everything.

  •  Pretty Vanilla (none)
    What happened to the bold new ideas?

    It will work for him tonight, but then what?  Back to the past, because there is nothing to talk about in this speech. Interesting.

    "We're not criticizing Bush for going after terrorists, we're criticizing him for NOT going after terrorists." - Wes Clark (hopefully in the future J. Kerry)

    by Armando on Thu Sep 02, 2004 at 06:37:17 PM PDT

    •  I don't even know if it (none)
      will work for tonight.

      They have been promising the press new stuff for several weeks and now, zip, nada.

      My meme: they're out of gas.  They've got nothing to offer on anything, a legacy of failure so they have no choice but to slime and defend.

      "We'd never win if we played fair." Newt Gingrich

      by Velvet Revolution on Thu Sep 02, 2004 at 06:53:58 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Well (none)
        I think he gets away with it tonight - but then what?

        You know, I never thought so before, but the debates willbe pretty interesting this year.

        "We're not criticizing Bush for going after terrorists, we're criticizing him for NOT going after terrorists." - Wes Clark (hopefully in the future J. Kerry)

        by Armando on Thu Sep 02, 2004 at 07:00:20 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

  •  Pretty middle of the road and uninspiring (none)
    Only danger is that he looks mellow and dull and then Kerry comes off seeming too angry in his rebuttal. But it's hard to find great sound bites in Bush's speech, and Kerry seems to have some zingers.

    It's almost like these guys switched personalities for the night.

  •  daughters (none)
    I am a fortunate father of two spirited, intelligent, and lovely young women.

    well, 3 out of 4 ain't bad!

    "This democracy thing is fun" - dumb angel, dKos member

    by Fran for Dean on Thu Sep 02, 2004 at 06:41:24 PM PDT

    •  Spirited, young, and... (none)
      I count only two... Oh, wait, I see, they're both women. But that makes three out of five. You need to go back and check your math on this one.

      Ever notice that Jenna looks exactly like a young GW with a wig on? It's spooky.

      Just because you're paranoid, doesn't mean someone isn't out to get you

      by Elmer McJimsey on Thu Sep 02, 2004 at 07:03:06 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Health savings accounts (4.00)
    Bush wants medical malpractice reform to help doctors -- but proposes NOTHING for the millions without health insurance.

    People don't have health insurance because a) it costs too much or b) they don't have A JOB and therefore no income. Therefore, a health "savings account" is not going to help these people if they don't have the money to put in them in the FIRST place. Geez. That's like offering 401K plans to people without jobs.

    Plus, about 43% of American families spend more than they earn every year. People don't have the extra money to pay their credit card bills, let alone to be socking away into a health account.

    Health savings accounts are NOT an answer for the healthcare situation in America.

    Mailer: Keep thinking how much the R's want anarchy on the street. Don't march into their trap.

    by gogaddy on Thu Sep 02, 2004 at 06:41:25 PM PDT

  •  Here's a lie (none)
    My opponent recently announced that he is the candidate of "conservative values," ...

    I haven't looked it up but I believe it was "American values" or "traditional values." This has come up in Bush's stump speech and the misquote's been addressed before.

    I guess the old habits of old liars are hard to kick.

  •  Nice get (none)
    Nice get, Kos.

    The Dems have this, to right? There is some good crap to play on.

    The one thing he could have hit Kerry with is a specific plan for jobs. He did not. More tax cuts.

    His prescription fod health care is . . .tort reform- while it may help localities in certain specialties, that is not going to cover more people or save significant amounts of money.

    Also what the Zell is this:
    "In a new term, we will lead an aggressive effort to enroll millions of poor children who are eligible but not signed up for the government's health insurance programs. We will not allow a lack of attention, or information, to stand between these children and the health care they need."
    Great. He'll send out brochures and run PSAs.

    Lame.

    •  Dems don't have crap (none)
      The DNC has been asleep at the switch all week. Pathetic. If Kerry wins, as I hope, it will be in spite of the national party hacks' pathetic lack of courage, imagination, or resolve.  
    •  Edwards plan (none)

      During the Democratic primary, John Edwards came out with a plan to reduce malpractice suits which is based on the current federal review of civil rights suits before they go to court.  

      Federal investigators would look at the facts of the case, do their own research, then deliver an opinion.  I think his plan requires federal approval before such a suit could take place, but even if the opinion was not binding, such a finding would discourage frivolous cases and encourage a quick settlement of real cases.  

      Voila!  Fewer frivolous lawsuits, less work for trial lawyers.  

  •  Dear old dad (none)
    Notice this passage:

    " And I will always be the proud and grateful son of George and Barbara Bush.

    My father served eight years at the side of another great American ? Ronald Reagan. His spirit of optimism and goodwill and decency are in this hall, and in our hearts, and will always define our party."

    Didn't his father serve in some other government capacity too? I have some foggy recollection...

  •  Clever! (none)
    Very clever, kos...  You put all of Dubya's previous speeches into a Markov Chain Generator and built a great prediction of what tonight's speech will look like...  Super! :)
  •  Insult to the flag (none)
    Bush and the rest of tonight's crowd will be WALKING all over the seal of the President, which includes a variation of the flag.
    How fitting.
    How appropriate.

    http://www.pagrandlodge.org/mlam/presidents/endtour.html

  •  "We will build a more hopeful America." (none)
    Bush is such an ass.

    I'm &y and I approved this message.

    by abw on Thu Sep 02, 2004 at 06:44:52 PM PDT

  •  How soon he DOES forget (none)
    "Our allies also know the historic importance of our work. About 40 nations stand beside us in Afghanistan, and some 30 in Iraq. And I deeply appreciate the courage and wise counsel of leaders like Prime Minister Howard, and President Kwasniewski, and Prime Minister Berlusconi - and, of course, Prime Minister Tony Blair.

    Again, my opponent takes a different approach. In the midst of war, he has called America's allies, quote, a "coalition of the coerced and the bribed." That would be nations like Great Britain, Poland, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Denmark, El Salvador, Australia, and others - allies that deserve the respect of all Americans, not the scorn of a politician. I respect every soldier, from every country, who serves beside us in the hard work of history. America is grateful, and America will not forget.

    What about Aznar, Spain, and the Spainish troop who died and were injured due to Bush's bloody lack of planning?  Seems that Bush can't quite seem to recall them this evening.  No time for losers, I guess.

    We need a better president.

    by GOTV on Thu Sep 02, 2004 at 06:46:48 PM PDT

  •  WEAK (none)
    This is WEAK.

    It is the economy stupid, and this shit is more of the same.

    Jobs numbers tomorrow?

  •  Poorly written and badly thought-out (none)
    Two quick thoughts:

    1.  Bush's speech writers are a ham-fisted bunch. The writing is truly uninspired. Then again, you can't make a good painting with bad brushes.

    2.  More importantly, I think the speech writers have miscalculated by emphasizing "No Child Left Behind," the Medicare prescription drug fiasco, and the "Middle East."

    Everywhere I go, parents are disgusted and upset with NCLB. And seniors, from what I read and hear, are almost unanimous in their dislike and even fear of the prescription drug bill. As for Iraq, whatever Bush might have said wouldn't have mattered much since people have eyes and ears and have largely reached their own judgment on that illegal, ill-conceived, expensive waste of American youth and treasure.

    But to hint at a presumably new goal for "millions in the Middle East" only invites the REAL question of this election:

    Oh, no! Just which nation are you now planning to wage war against?

  •  some excerpts from bush's 200 convention speech (none)
    We will confront the hard issues, threats to our national security, threats to our health and retirement security, before the challenges of our time become crises for our children.

    ---

    Little more than a -- little more than a decade ago, the Cold War thawed, and with the leadership of President's Reagan and Bush, that wall came down.

    But instead of seizing this moment, the Clinton-Gore administration has squandered it. We have seen a steady erosion of American power and an unsteady exercise of American influence. Our military is low on parts, pay and morale. If called on by the commander-in-chief today, two entire divisions of the Army would have to report, "Not ready for duty, sir."

    This administration had its moment, they had their chance, they have not led. We will.

    ---

    America has a strong economy and a surplus. We have the public resources and the public will, even the bipartisan opportunities to strengthen Social Security and repair Medicare. But this administration, during eight years of increasing need, did nothing.

    Our generation has a chance to reclaim some essential values, to show we have grown up before we grow old. But when the moment for leadership came, this administration did not teach our children, it disillusioned them.

    aw heck there's just too much for an open thread... read it and compare.

  •  The usual. (none)
    Yada yada yada, this great nation, yadayada, liberty (11x), yadayada.. play the statesman (he actualy has the gall to say that Kerry is undiplomatic!), yadayada, try to make like you've achieved something, but don't be specific (since you can't!).

    I especially hate it when he mentions the families of fallen soldiers. YOU sent them to die in an unneccessary war, you retarded, petulant fratboy asshole.

    Must. Calm. Down. Will not watch speech.

  •  Jobs, Jobs, Jobs (none)
    Notice that most of the job creation references are followed by "will."  Maybe the jobs numbers coming out tomorrow aren't that stellar.  Wall Street was looking for some clues in his speech, since Team Bush already had the numbers today.  If the numbers were way up, wouldn't you think we'd hear the past tense more?

    There was never a good war or a bad peace. - Ben Franklin

    by AndyPA on Thu Sep 02, 2004 at 06:48:42 PM PDT

  •  Mars, bitches! (4.00)
    Mars -> 0?!!?

    Say it ain't so...

  •  Remarkable... (4.00)
    I can't believe he's trying to sell the "compassionate conservative" shit again.  Seriously, has anything that he's said or done in the last 4 years justified that?? Does he expect anyone to hear that and keep a straight face?

    Why not claim he's an angel from the future, come to deliver us the secret of eternal life, while he's at it.  

    The only thing approaching an actual policy I saw in there was "health savings accounts."  Yeah, great idea to hang your hat on.  Hey America, worried you might get cancer and need $100,000 in chemo? Better start saving those pennies?  What's that, you want insurance, so that some innocent company pays for your own health failures?? Go Cheney yourself.  Thank you. Terror, 9/11. USA! Good night.

  •  Speech length (none)
    Looks like Bush's speech is 5042 words long.  Kerry's was 5161 words long.  The discrepancy is insignificant, meaning Bush will probably sound a tad rushed tonight, too (remember how some criticized Kerry for that?) -- unless he runs over time.

    Visit the Diary of the Lying Socialist Weasels, for commentary from the Original Progressive Web Warriors!

    by Jonathan on Thu Sep 02, 2004 at 06:49:38 PM PDT

    •  no (none)
      There's no way W is capable of rushing. He has one speaking style, and it's full of pauses and smirks and what he thinks are steely-eyed stares. He won't rush, but the networks certainly won't break away.
  •  Fear is not the answer (none)
    I'm glad to see the president is focused on issues that really matter to working americans.

    All this proves is that W is a pussy because he's given in to fear.

    "We have nothing to fear but fear itself" FDR

    "The future does not belong to fear; it belongs to freedom."  J.F.Kerry

    Forgive me for the harsh word, put we've got a pussy who's telling us, "Be afraid, be very afraid"  and that's supposed to be a hero.  W is a pussy, nuff said.  We've got a president that believes that fear is the answer.  What a friggin pussy.  

    George Bush tells us to be afraid, John Kerry tells us fear is not our future.  This is an easy choice.

  •  Ah, the ownership society (none)
    Shouldn't be too hard to defeat. What a bunch of crap it is. Folks will see right through it.

    "you may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one" - Lennon

    by eugene on Thu Sep 02, 2004 at 06:50:38 PM PDT

  •  Goddamnit (4.00)
    Can't even read the whole speech.  It makes me want to pay someone to shove it up Dubya's ass sideways, and make him sing the national anthem while a fake Purple Heart is being tattooed on his left testicle.

    Every revolution carries within it the seeds of its undoing.

    by Page van der Linden on Thu Sep 02, 2004 at 06:51:14 PM PDT

  •  On To Kerry's Speech! (none)
    I was not planning on watching the wretch mumble his lies, and now I don't have to.  Snoozerville.  I really want to see Kerry's speech now...

    If you think Bush really is (he is!) the worst president ever, go to www.worstpresidentever.us and spread the word.

    by Long Haul on Thu Sep 02, 2004 at 06:52:41 PM PDT

  •  And Where The HELL Is The Plan (none)
    to get us out of Iraq that his fucking shills promised we would see?

    In a cave somewhere with Osama?

    LIARS!

    You can't always tell the truth because you don't always know the truth - but you can ALWAYS be honest.

    by mattman on Thu Sep 02, 2004 at 06:53:09 PM PDT

  •  Worst end of 1st term speech. Ever. (none)
    The fcuker has the gawl to compare his pre-emptive war with Normandy. Disgusting.

    Otherwise, no plan just platitudes.

    You want a positive speech of specific proposal, true optimism, intelligence and compassion for humankind, a speech that'll leave a lump in your throat, a tear in your eye and gasping to do something, read this and weep;

    http://tinyurl.com/5jvjq

    The differences are astounding.

  •  Old habits (none)
    do you really want to be bringing up compassionate consevativism? I mean, the gay republicans certianly arent going to be happy. This is my first time voting in a presidential election, so I havent paid a lot of attention to them in the past, but do candidates usually recycyle their themes from their first campaign? Doesnt seem good to me especially when the idea has been a failure. As someone upthread mentioned, I will also watch the daily show for my convention coverage. Great line by Colbert last night: Like the Olympics, Bush's compassion springs to life once every 4 years.
  •  voter registration in afghanistan (4.00)
    In Afghanistan, terrorists have done everything they can to intimidate people - yet more than 10 million citizens have registered to vote in the October presidential election - a resounding endorsement of democracy.

    Great!  Except there's one  little problem:

    ...the high voter registration figures - more than 10 million so far, slightly more than the estimated voting population of about 9.5 million - have been celebrated as a sign of the Afghan people's thirst for democracy. But others say the high registration rate could turn the election into a farce.

    "We are just beginning an exercise; people are enthusiastic, they want to have cards," President Hamid Karzai said recently, making light of the whole issue. "In fact, it doesn't bother me if Afghans have two registration cards. If they'd like to vote twice, well welcome, this is an exercise in democracy, let them exercise it twice."

    He suggested that there could be anywhere from 1,000 to 100,000 cases of double registration. Other election observers said it could be as many as a million.

  •  Some say (none)
    that when Bush says ownership he really means privatization.  But perhaps he means that his WHite House is owned by corporate interests.  For example, in health care, the major owners are the prescription drug industry and the insurance industry.  He really does want an ownership society.

    More on special interests and health care here and here.

    The ...Bushies... don't make policies to deal with problems. ...It's all about how can we spin what's happening out there to do what we want to do. Krugman

    by mikepridmore on Thu Sep 02, 2004 at 06:56:19 PM PDT

  •  Puke-taki (none)
    The Govern-borer is makingme puke!

    Marching Towards A Landslide

    by BrooklynBoy on Thu Sep 02, 2004 at 06:56:21 PM PDT

  •  pretends to be pro-choice (none)
    we will make sure that health decisions are made by doctors and patients, not by bureaucrats in Washington, DC.

    I find that an incredible statement. It's almost exactly what Kerry says on the stump.

    "I don't want to wake up on Nov 3 with George Bush still president and ask myself if there was anything more I could have done." -- Moby

    by lapis on Thu Sep 02, 2004 at 06:56:24 PM PDT

  •  He mentioned Normandy (none)
    Well, FUCK HIM. My father lived through the Depression, VOLUNTEERED to fight in World War II and came home wounded, and if he were alive today, he'd SPIT on George Bush.

    How DARE he invoke Truman's name!

  •  dkosopedia entry - the place to mark it up (none)
    This is a speech worth of debunking and annotation. Mark it up here.
  •  The 30 Minute Marker !! (none)
    Remember that crap about Kerry's speech going longer then 30 Minutes.  Or the speech being rushed

    Don't forget to remind them about this and when Bush goes over 40 minutes.

    His State of the Union Speech was 5,288 words and he went for over 50 minutes.

  •  Signs of Success (4.00)
    My favorite part has to be where he talks about his foreign policy sucesses. Though I feel a second paragraph should have been added for proper comparisons.

    "Four years ago, Afghanistan was the home base of al-Qaida, Pakistan was a transit point for terrorist groups, Saudi Arabia was fertile ground for terrorist fundraising, Libya was secretly pursuing nuclear weapons, Iraq was a gathering threat, and al-Qaida was largely unchallenged as it planned attacks."

    Now, after four years of my leadership, Afghanistan is a transit point for terrorist groups, Pakistan is the home base of al-Qaida, Saudi Arabia is an even more fertile ground for terrorist fundraising, North Korea and Iran are openly pursuing nuclear weapons, Iraqi fighters are an on-going threat to our troops, and Osama bin-Laden (see, I know you thought I forgot how to pernounce (sic) that one, didn't ya?) is largely unchallenged as he plans his attacks.

  •  wow (none)
    wow, what a crappy speech... here I was all worried that his speech was actually gonna say anything new.  This speech leaves Kerry a wide open weak point, he has no friggin plans about the friggin ECONOMY!!!!
  •  Nothing New (none)
    I've been obsessed with the speeches and "ask a bush" events he's given on the campaign trail -- this is just a looooonnnng version of the stump speech (check out any one of them at whitehouse.gov).

    He can do this one in his sleep.

    Oh, God.... am watching the film about him now.  They should be thrown out of New York for their shameless use of 9/11.

    Note they've said absolutely nothing about what he was actually doing on 9/11.

    I'm going to vomit now.

  •  Praise God (none)
    er, I mean George. I feel like I'm at a rivival. These people are spooky scarey. Their goal would appear to be to make us feel as if 9/11 occured last week.
    Really sick.
  •  Bush pre-video (none)
    • Did you all see the photo of the dozens of peace signs all over a piece of plywood, underneath a photo of the twin towers? So ironic.

    • They used a clip The Daily Show used last night in its "RNC video" spoof -- the segment with Bush speaking through the bullhorn at NYC "Ground Zero." Funny that they used the exact same bit, especially when Stewart had jokingly claimed that TDS got an "advance copy" of an RNC video.... ha ha.

    Mailer: Keep thinking how much the R's want anarchy on the street. Don't march into their trap.

    by gogaddy on Thu Sep 02, 2004 at 07:06:13 PM PDT

  •  Here we go again (none)
    The opponent he's running against, of course, is FDR, not JFK - policies of the past?  Fah.  And strengthening Social Security by allowing private accounts is just destroying the village in order to save it - do these fuckers really think people have forgotten the Enron 401(k) disaster?  Ownership doesn't mean jack when you're 80 years old and you have to come up with the cash to pay your utility bill no matter what your GM stock is worth at that point - it's income, jackass, not ownership, that keeps people alive in old age.  Complete, heartless, witless git.
  •  FUGGEDABOUTITTTTT!!!!!!! (none)
    FUGGEDABOUTITTTTT!!!!!!!

    www.nornsisland.com

    by n69n on Thu Sep 02, 2004 at 07:09:00 PM PDT

  •  change (none)
    Change or changing 12 times

    I get the message Mr. President.  I'll though I don't understand, I'll vote for Mr. Kerry.

  •  The Gram Nortan effect is on at 10 (none)
    This show is great, Gram is a flammer of the first order and proud of it. We read the damn thing...or most of it. I did get a bit bored.
  •  Is it just me... (none)
    or has Shrub gotten hold of a valium? Is he slurring his words?
  •  He sounds so unbelievably (none)
    WOODEN.  

    Brother.

  •  I'm losing it (none)
    I just yelled "fuck you" at the screen.
  •  Stage (none)
    That stage just doesn't work for him. He's not taking advantage of the closeness.
  •  Ugh (none)
    Number of mentions of people praying for Bush: about eight billion

    Number of mentions of the soldiers who died for President Churchy: zero

    What an arrogant mother.

  •  What's Compassionate?? (none)
  •  Crowd reaction (none)
    Does the applause seem a little tepid, or is that just wishful thinking?
  •  This sounds more like a State of the Union (none)
  •  Transitions! (none)
    I'm having an English teacher urge--I want to scrawl "Transition???" in the spaces between his paragraphs. He's doing the drunm man's lurch (metaphorically speaking) from topic to topic. He even seems to bhe zigzagging back and forth betweent hemes. Who wrote this crap?
  •  redstate whines about markos posting the speech (none)
  •  Hold Us Back? (none)
    I've coached people on public speaking..he's failing largely because he's obviously Reading with eyes Fixed on the teleprompters. The stage could have worked if they hadn't mucked it up with a podium and 'accessories'. If he moved around free form and actually spoke without notes and stopped smirking, but that's beyond him. Oh, and standing on the seal is a huge mistake.

    As for his theme, 'We won't be held back'...well, whose been holding him back? His Administration? The Republican Congress? OMG, he just announced they will create American Opportunity Zones which will immediately be dubbed.....wait for it...OZ... enuf already www.dailybailey.org

    It´s not over till we say it´s over George and we say.....

    by philinmaine on Thu Sep 02, 2004 at 07:27:10 PM PDT

  •  This is not going to appeal to the base (none)
  •  Flex Time? (none)
    He's talking about the overtime killer
  •  Must - Stay - Awake (none)
    Must - Stay ..... zzzzzzz
  •  He's making Kerry look charismatic! (none)
  •  "leave no child behind" (none)
    Kerry wants to "dilute" education reforms by fully finding them.
  •  Did you see that? (none)
    Laura Bush sat quiet while everyone was cheering his anti-abortion lines.
  •  umm (none)
    Like generations before us, we have a calling from beyond the stars to stand for freedom.

    Does this mean he's actually basing policy on messages from aliens?  I guess its good somebodys in charge...

    bloggers: we watch the watchmen.

    by Ugluks Flea on Thu Sep 02, 2004 at 07:43:59 PM PDT

  •  YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1 (none)
  •  Protestors baby (none)
    Go baby go

    TexasDemocrat http://www.bushcountdown.com

    by TexasDemocrat on Thu Sep 02, 2004 at 07:46:44 PM PDT

  •  Closing with the Byrds??? (none)
    "To everything we know there is a season ? a time for sadness, a time for struggle, a time for rebuilding (paraphrasing a biblical passage polularized by The Byrds???) . And now we have reached a time for hope (yes, Kerry is winning). This young century will be liberty's century (100 years of this and you'll welcome serfdom). By promoting liberty abroad (invasions), we will build a safer world (Abu Gharib). By encouraging liberty at home,(Patriot Act)  we will build a more hopeful America." (you'll hope for freedom that's for sure) www.dailybailey.org

    It´s not over till we say it´s over George and we say.....

    by philinmaine on Thu Sep 02, 2004 at 08:02:15 PM PDT

  •  Word Frequency of Speech (none)
    For those who are into things like that:

    Word Frequency of Preznit's Speech

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